For Simon Kinberg, the money stops here when Dark Phoenix failed to achieve the commercial and critical success of earlier films in the X-Men franchise.
"I'm here and I say if a movie does not work, put it on me," Kinberg said in the KCRW podcast The Business . "I am the author / director of the film, the film has nothing to do with the audience, that's up to me."
The film made its debut last weekend, earning only $ 33 million at the US box office. With estimated production costs of $ 200 million before commercialization, this is a problem. Not helpful is the critical reception that recorded 23 percent of Rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest score ever for an X-Men movie production, including the shocking news that the film had originally been shot as a two-parter, resulting in New recordings and script changes led to chaos.
& # 39; Dark Phoenix & # 39; Ashen with $ 104 million foreign debut; "Aladdin" exceeds $ 600 million WW – International Box Office
Despite the problems, Kinberg said he enjoyed working on the film and took the heart from several industry professionals who shared their experiences.
Kinberg cited a conversation with Ridley Scott from their joint work on The Martian as something in which he finds solace. Scott said G.I. Jane was the favorite film on which he worked instead of the expected alien Blade Runner Thelma and Louise or . Gladiator.
"He said it was his favorite because it was just a great process and he learned a lot about the manufacturing process," Kinberg said. "I have thought a lot about it over the years and have been thinking a lot about it over the past weekend."
Kinberg also received support from Tim Miller, with whom he had collaborated on the first Deadpool .
"He wrote me an e-mail with empathy for a movie that does not work," said Kinberg. "People will come to see the movie differently and see things that they appreciate and appreciate as a fan from the context of that particular moment."
Listen to Kinberg's entire interview on KCRW's The Business. "