Simon Kinberg is well established with Fox and their small portion of the Marvel universe. Fox only own the rights to Fantastic Four and X-Men and all its mutants, but Kinberg has been involved in writing X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. No doubt he will also be involved in Bryan Singer’s just announced X-Men: Apocalypse. Kinberg has also produced X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past and the Fantastic Four reboot.
Needless to say, Fox consider him a powerful weapon in the aggressive superhero genre, and Kinberg has now signed a deal with Fox for a three-year first-look deal. Fox want Kinberg to create a sort of Marvel type universe, expanding on the X-Men and Fantastic Four films in the same way Marvel, Disney and Joss Whedon are doing, to huge success.
“I have a lot of ideas on how to built those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel,” Kinberg tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.”
Kinberg has been involved in other projects, from Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium and its follow up, Chappie, to Cinderella for Disney and also touching on the Star Wars universe with TV series Star Wars Rebels. However, he considers Fox his staying place:
“They’ve always been incredibly generous with me and trusting me with movies,” Kinberg says of Fox. “They treat me like a partner and not an employee.”
“Simon is one of the best out there,” says 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts. “We feel very lucky that he calls Fox his home and hope to build our slates together for many years to come.”
There are no details on exactly what Kinberg has planned, but no doubt he will be involved with Bryan Singer’s newly announced X-Men: Apocalypse movie. Fox have a number of Marvel films on the way, with X-Men: Days of Future Past due May 22nd, and Fantastic Four (directed by Josh Trank) currently underway and due for release June 19th 2015. In addition to those films there is Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse which was freshly revealed yesterday, plus a script for Deadpool has been completed for a while now. Add to that the Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) directed X-Force movie on the way, and Fox and Kinberg certainly have a busy schedule!