Movie News: 20th Century Fox Hires Simon Kinberg To Develop Its Marvel Properties

Written by Andrew Pollard Friday, 06 December 2013

Movie News

With 20th Century Fox having the cinematic rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters, there has been previous talk of possible crossover movies with the two superhero teams. Well, The Hollywood Reporter has now confirmed that Simon Kinberg has been brought in to oversee just such a plan. The studio apparently wants to turn their Marvel properties into a larger, intertwined world of characters much like what Marvel Studios and Disney have done with The Avengers and their supporting characters.

Discussing the task ahead, Kinberg said, "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."

Kinberg is no stranger to the 20th Century Fox world, having penned the script and carried out producing duties for Bryan Singer's upcoming X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. He's also apparently heavily involved with Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR reboot.

This throws up questions on Mark Millar's position with Fox, as he's employed as a creative consultant on their Marvel properties. Millar has already taken to Twitter to reassure fans on his position, saying, "Don't worry. Simon RE-UPPED his deal. We've all been working together for the past 15 months."

At present, we've got X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST to be released on 22rd May, 2014, FANTASTIC FOUR targeting a 19th June, 2015 release, the newly announced X-MEN: APOCALYPSE coming in 2016 and then also Jeff Wadlow's X-FORCE movie. Then there's that chatter of a third Wolverine solo film somewhere down the line.

Expect more on all of this as and when we get it.

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