It looks like the folks over at Fox are in full swing to develop pretty much every X-Men property they can. We just heard today, via Bryan Singer, that they have an X-Men: Apocalypse flick lined up for 2016, not to mention the Fantastic Four reboot in the works and the X-Force script that’s recently been completed. And these projects don’t even represent half of what they have planned. But every great franchise needs someone to put it all together, right? It looks like Fox may have found that person in the form of Simon Kinberg.
Responsible for co-writing and producing both X-Men: First Class and the soon-to-be X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kinberg already has a bit of experience in the franchise. And while we still have yet to see whether he nailed the second X-flick one or not, Fox looks to have some faith in the guy for they just gave him another three years in the super hero development world. He’ll be putting his efforts towards future X-Men projects as well as messing about with the FF properties.
But can he do it? To put it in his own words:
I have a lot of ideas on how to build 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.
So it looks like Kinberg could be the man with the plan over at Fox. With so many interesting characters to work with, it’ll be all about the execution. He could be the one to either raise Fox to new levels or send them spiraling into obscurity, defeated by the corporate mega-machine that is Disney/Marvel.
Unfortunately, Kinberg is also partly responsible for the pile of vomit that was X-Men: The Last Stand, though I suspect that Brett Ratner had more to do with that abortion than Kinberg did. Only time will tell whether Kinberg has the chops to put Fox permanently on the map, and that time will begin on May 23rd, 2014 when X-Men: Days of Future Past hits the big screen. Until then, X-Men fans must wait and pray.
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.