There’s been a lot of rumors flying around these past couple of week’s about the future of the ‘X-Men’ franchise, fueled in part by comments made by Sophie Turner on the red carpet recently where she talked about getting to work on the new ‘X-Men’ film, leading folks to wonder whether she meant she was going to be in the ‘New Mutants’ movie or whether she was confirming the rumor of the start of production on ‘X-Men: Supernova‘ (I still hate that title). The film is supposedly set to begin shooting in June despite the fact that we so recently learned of its existence and knew nothing about a script or a director.

Fortunately for us all, the good folks over at Collider decided to do a little digging to get to the bottom of all of these rumors, and while nothing can officially be confirmed, they did manage to find some information about what is going on, and they have learned that Simon Kinberg, the man who is basically the brains of the ‘X-Men’ operation (and has been for over a decade, helping write and produce ‘X-Men’ films ever since ‘The Last Stand’ and basically helping keep everything on track with continuity) has written a script for ‘X-Men: Supernova’ which will indeed feature the ‘Dark Phoenix’ storyline and he himself wants to direct the new film, which will be his feature film debut.

The good news here is that fans have been clamoring to see the ‘Dark Phoenix’ storyline on the big screen ever since it was hinted at at the end of ‘X2,’ and the nonsense version we got during ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’  clearly does not count. The not-so good news is that it feels like they might be rushing this out there since June is just around the corner, and this is the first we are hearing about all of this. Plus, this will be Kinberg’s first directing effort, but that actually does not bother me all that much, as the man has been working on these films for years, and clearly knows a thing or two about the film industry, and will be able to make it work with the friends he is sure to have made over the years.

After the debacle that was ‘Apocalypse,’ I am clearly okay with having some fresh blood in the director’s chair, especially someone who so clearly loves the franchise and the characters and wants to do the story justice after all of these years. Of course, none of this is confirmed and everything could change tomorrow if 20th Century Fox decides to scrap the movie, the script, the director, or any aspect of this, but for now, this could be what we are looking at.

What are your thoughts about Simon Kinberg directing ‘X-Men: Supernova?’ Are you willing to give the main franchise another chance after ‘Apocalypse’? Share your thoughts in the comments below!