Originally Posted by thegameq
According to Fox execs no one ever said anything about X3 being the Phoenix Saga. I guess Singer must have snuck the ending of X2 past them.
I think the executives had some idea. Lauren Shuler Donner makes note on the X2 DVD commentary that Fox deserves credit for letting them kill Jean, as there was a lot of back and forth discussion about whether or not it would be allowed. If they actually had to sneak Jean's death by the studio, then kudos to them for doing it.