‘X-Men’ Franchise Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Hasn’t Seen ‘Dark Phoenix’ Yet

/Film | 6/19/2019 | Fred Topel
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Producer Lauren Shuler Donner spoke with /Film in anticipation of next week’s premiere of the final season of FX’s Legion. We’ll bring you the full Q&A with Shuler Donner, who produced all the X-Men films and was hands on through all of the films up to Days of Future Past, before the premiere.

During the interview, Shuler Donner offered some updates on the X-Men films and two stage adaptations of films she produced, Dave and The Secret Life of Bees. Here’s what she had to say about her projects outside of Legion.

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Although it may be the final X-men film under Fox (depending whether Disney decides to release New Mutants theatrically or not), Dark Phoenix did not exactly end the series with a bang. It opened to a series low and dropped significantly in its second week.

Shuler Donner has made it clear that she was not directly involved with the film, as she’s stepped back after Days of Future Past, but she still has high hopes for New Mutants. She did produce the previous version of the Dark Phoenix story in X-Men: The Last Stand, so we asked if she was happy with Simon Kinberg’s more faithful retelling of it.

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“I have to be honest with you, I have not seen it yet,” Shuler Donner said. “I’m sure I will be, but I have not seen it.”

Producing Legion, two Broadway shows, and more films has legitimately kept Shuler Donner too busy to see the latest film, especially since Kinberg was the producer signing off on cuts. Since the Disney acquisition, Shuler Donner has deferred to Marvel’s Kevin Feige on any future X-Men news. Now she indicates she is unlikely to join him in future X-Men productions.

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“X-Men now belongs to Disney and it’s in their capable hands,” she said. “That’s really up to Kevin...
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