X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Writer Simon Kinberg Tapped by Fox to Create Marvel-Style Movie Universe

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Since The Avengers, Marvel Studios has been setting the superhero blockbuster tone and watching all the other studios try to scramble together whatever costumed crusaders they have.  Marvel took the time to build up to Avengers and the company has the character library to move forward at a steady, deliberate pace.  Meanwhile, this week has made it abundantly clear how badly the other studios want an Avengers-like movie and the universe to go with it.  Wonder Woman will now be in the Batman/Superman movie; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is so eager to lead into the Sinister Six, it’s probably showing off its post-credits scene in the first trailer; and X-Men: Days of Future Past is still five months away, but yesterday Bryan Singer was already tweeting about the next movie, X-Men: Apocalypse.  We don’t know if these movies will be good, but we know they’ll be big.

In an effort to go even bigger, 20th Century Fox has made a deal with X-Men writer Simon Kinberg to create a Marvel-style movie universe for the studio.  Hit the jump for more.

elysium-neill-blomkamp-simon-kinbergFox has two major superhero franchises: X-Men and The Fantastic Four.  In addition to writing Days of Future Past, he also wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, and he’s doing a rewrite on The Fantastic Four.  According to THR, 20th Century Fox, has signed a three-year first-look deal with Kinberg and his Genre Films production company.  The deal will allow Kinberg to combine the studio’s superhero franchises, and give Fox better position in the superhero movie arms race.  Per THR:

“I have a lot of ideas on how to built those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel.  I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.”

If Kinberg has good stories to tell, then more power to him.  There’s no word if he’ll be writing X-Men: Apocalypse, but it wouldn’t be an outlandish assumption.  However, he’s also got a very crowded dance card.  Kinberg is co-creating and executive producing the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels, possibly writing a Star Wars spinoff movie, and serving as a producer on Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie, Drew Goddard‘s The Martian, Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella, and an Amblin-esque adaptation of the graphic novel Rust.




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  • TigerFIST

    Should be interesting

    • Leo Spaceman

      An X-Men universe could be interesting but fox is also trying to Shoe-horn in the Fantastic Four. They don’t have enough of a diverse stable of characters to be able set up a bunch of different types of heroes. In a world of mutants they have to go and also have those other guys that got cosmic zapped or something and now have super powers and are exactly like mutants but not actually mutants. Ya just those other super powered guys can exist in this world of mutants, no one else.

  • Jason Reichow

    Didn’t Fox hire Mark Millar to do this very thing last year?

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • gar216

      Mark Millar likes Mark Millar too much to handle this task. Although how hard is it to combine 2 franchises…that are like oil and vinegar.

  • herpderp

    They probably have no idea what they are doing as far as with BOTH casts of the Xmen. I bet a reboot is being cooked up after 2016.

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  • McA

    McThey really should let DOFP be a swan song for the old cast – let Singer complete his trilogy so to speak and let some new actors take on the roles of Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey etc (and maybe finally get Gambit right). They’d be crazy if they ditched the First Class cast and it would be a shame if we didn’t get to see them make to the 80s. They could finally put Wolverine in spandex and it wouldn’t seem out of place!

    Think Kinberg is a smart choice and a good producer. He was fairly instrumental in bringing Vaughn back to Fox (especially after he’d burnt his bridges with X3) and the X Men and I believe he had a hand in Trank getting FF so I think so long as he is collaborating with good writers when it comes to scripts, it should work out well.

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  • Devin Reed

    At this point, I think the best option would be to entirely reboot the X-Men franchise in order to have a shared universe. I loved the last two X-Men films, but I worry that the franchise is getting stretched pretty thin.

  • TheAvengers Isn’t a Good Movie

    You want to build weak stories that don’t have the strength to stand on their own merit and all run together like mush. Right, be more like Marvel!

    • Steven

      Yeah I’d rather they keep doing what they’re doing. First Class and The Wolverine were way better recent Marvel movies..

  • Leo Spaceman

    I want Marvel to go to all the other studios and say:

    In the marvel comics, we have thousands of different universes that all exist in their own sense. Let us just have all the scientists doctor people be doing some sort of experiment where suddenly we unlock a door between the different universes and then we can on the very rare occasion let a character hop over to a different universe for a movie and then go back to theirs and return their own story.”

    It would be a stupid comic explanation but I would lose my shit if the end credit teaser suddenly had The Wolverine.

    • Ted Pettit

      or even… more relevently… quick silver and the scarlett witch

  • mattinacan

    the marvel films are good but are childish fluff. i enjoy the more adult themes in the x-men and DC films.

  • sense11

    I wish Spiderman was at FOX, he would make that universe a lot cooler

  • paul h

    Hmmm… from the guy who wrote x3, sorry I mean re-hashed x2? Colour me not optimistic.

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  • Um

    He wrote “X-Men: The Last Stand”…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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