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Development: Fox gives curious look at Dark Phoenix; Scary Stories speaks of release date; Makoto Shinkai announces new anime feature

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Dec 14, 2018, 10:50 PM EST

We get an interesting new look at the upcoming Dark Phoenix movie, Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets a release date, and Your Name creator Makoto Shinkai announces his next anime in our latest development roundup.

First up, the official X-Men Movies Twitter account posted a new image from this summer's Dark Phoenix adaptation, and it's... something.

Stars Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) can be seen standing around James McAvoy (Professor X).

But what's particularly awkward about this is that it really looks like either Professor X or Nightcrawler was digitally dropped into an existing image. It could be Smit-McPhee's blue body paint and bright red shirt that makes his character stand out, but there's also a kind of sharpness around McAvoy's general shape that seems unusual.

Granted, this is the same studio that put out this as the poster for X-Men: First Class back in 2011, so maybe image marketing just isn't a priority.

X-Men First Class Professor X Poster


Anyway, this is just some preliminary art, put out to tide us all over before the film hits theaters this summer. But aside from the visual curiosity it poses, the image doesn't give us any real insight into the story, which we're assuming will revolve around Sophie Turner's Jean Grey/Phoenix. So we'll just have to wait until Dark Phoenix is closer to storming into theaters on June 7 to find out more.

(via Twitter)

Next up, the adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling series of shorts, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, now has a release date. The Hollywood Reporter has word that the Lionsgate and CBS Films co-production will be released on Aug. 9 of next year — going up against the Disney adaptation of another children's classic, Artemis Fowl.

The film, written and produced by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro, will rework the books' famous short story format by following a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town. It will, however, keep the signature look of the original seriesTrollhunter director André Øvredal is helming the horror flick.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Finally, Makoto Shinkai, who directed the anime smash hit Your Name, has announced his follow-up feature, titled Weather Child (Tenki no Ko) Weathering With You.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shinkai's latest will tell the story of Hodaka, voiced by Daigo Kotaro, a boy who moves to Tokyo and ends up working for a shady occult magazine to make ends meet. While there, he meets a girl, voiced by Nana Morishima, who appears to be able to control the weather. The film will be released in Japan on July 9 next year.

"I've been working on creating a very real entertainment piece that will make you laugh, cry, and say, 'It's so thrilling,' as well as arouse your intellectual curiosity," Shinkai said at a press conference in Tokyo earlier this week, adding, "I have used the weather, as it is a familiar topic to everybody."

Your Name took in $235 million in Japan back in 2016, second only to Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away as the highest-grossing Japanese film ever in its market. However, it took in another $115 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $350 million and earning it the title of biggest anime and Japanese film in history. Needless to say, expectations are high.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)