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Fox Signs Deal With Simon Kinberg to Expand X-Men, Fantastic Four Franchises

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Fox isn’t letting writer/producer Simon Kinberg slip through its fingers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kinberg and his company Genre Films have signed a new three-year, first-look deal that will include the expansion of the studio’s X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises.

“I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel,” said Kinsberg, who’s already writing and producing X-Men: Days of Future Past and the Fantastic Four reboot. “I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.”

The announcement came even as Bryan Singer made the surprise revelation that X-Men: Apocalypse is planned for May 2016.

In addition to his Fox projects, Kinberg is serving as an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and on Neill Blomkampf’s next film Chappie.


  • cc008

    What was Mark Millar hired to do?

  • Drew_Melbourne

    Mark Millar is just a paid to consultant (really just to brainstorm with them), whereas Kinsberg is a writer/producer.

    Presumably Millar was brought in on Matthew Vaughn’s request, since they did Kickass together. I presume Millar’s importance to the process will be directly proportional to Vaughn’s.

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  • Mike TR

    Ugh, I’m so tired of the crap that Fox and Sony are producing just to keep the licenses. I really wish Disney would buy out the contracts or something.

  • Jeff

    So Fox is going to continue ruining the X-Men movies for a while it seems.

  • Kabuce

    Wondering what this means for X-Force… because a movie that might star Cable as a main character would and should at least mention Apocalypse. Maybe X-Force is a continuation of what’s planned for X-Men: Apocalypse? I don’t care as long as they both equal Cyclops.

  • demoncat_4

    in other words fox is going to make sure they can keep the x-men and fantastic four from finaly going back to Disney at all costs . at least till hopefully Disney says enough and just buys them back

  • unpaidpundit

    Buying them back would cost big bucks, I suspect. In the meantime, Disney continues to make money from the sale of toys and other merchandise related to the Fantastic Four and X-Men brands.

  • demoncat_4

    and promotion. but sooner or later Disney will get tired of not being able to use certain characters like the fantastic four and wolverine for certain future projects and decide to just shell out the bucks to buy them back.

  • Frank

    I hope Disney doesn’t get the rights back for a long time. Their movies aren’t that great, they’re just popcorn films. Even Avengers is highly over rated. At least Fox is doing something interesting with the characters and story lines.

  • genrdyb

    I agree but not having crossovers between x men,ff and rest of the MU will get frustrating after a while.

  • chien_clean

    Isn’t Kinberg some sort of hack?

  • Guest

    @SixOneNiner2113:disqus I totally agree with you on this one!

  • Ayotunde Afolabi

    “I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands…” *insert worried expression here*

  • DarthTigris

    The FF reboot must be stopped by any (legal) means necessary. They have to start shooting by October to keep the rights from coming home. Hope.

  • Living Silver

    Apocalypse was around a lot longer than Cable: he has more enemies and stories than the ones featuring the Askanison.

  • Kabuce

    His being around longer is true for the X-Men Apocalyse movie, but I’m talking about what it would / could mean for the X-Force film in development if Fox is trying to tie them together.