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Simon Kinberg is not only the man currently in control of the 20th Century Fox Marvel Universe, he’s got a foot firmly planted in the Star Wars universe too. Kinberg is a producer on Star Wars Episode VII , writing one of the spin-off films and a executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, the Disney XD cartoon he calls “the first point of entry for a new generation of Star Wars fans” and “hopefully a point of return for existing Star Wars fans.”

Watch him talk about creating the show, including the above villain the Inquisitor, in a new video. Read More »

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Murder on the Orient Express

As Paramount loads another Naked Gun, Fox is going for another ride on the Orient Express. The studio has picked up the rights to Agatha Christie‘s 1934 murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express, which was turned into an Oscar-nominated drama by Sidney Lumet in 1974. Ridley Scott is in talks to produce, along with Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg. More details after the jump.

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Marvel has Joss Whedon, Warner Bros. has David Goyer and now Fox has a similar creative force. Though Mark Millar was hired last year to oversee some of Fox’s comic book properties, they’ve just signed Simon Kinberg to a three year first look deal he promises will include Marvel-like expansions of the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes. Read More »

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Those who’ve read the original issues that make up the Days of Future Past storyline know that, among the many apparent differences between the comic and film tellings of the tale, there’s one huge change that fundamentally changes the story.

In the comic version, it is the young Kitty Pryde who goes back in time in an attempt to prevent the development of a dystopian future in which mutants are savagely hunted. In the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, it is Wolverine who acts as the time-jumping lynchpin. Why the change?

There’s an obvious answer to the question (“duh, Wolverine is the star of these movies”) but there’s also a narrative explanation. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg explains below. Read More »

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Early in the development of the film that became X-Men: Days of Future Past, there was talk that the movie could deal with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That talk went by the wayside as the film’s reliance on the comic storyline ‘Days of Future Past’ was revealed. But now we know that there was something to that talk after all.

In a move timed to hit just days after the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, we’ve got a “documentary” video explaining just what a mutant may have had to do with the event. Check it out below. Read More »

Fox Lines Up ‘Fantastic Four’ Actor Shortlists

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What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.

We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »

Fantastic Four

Considering the film has a March 2015 release date, things on the Fantastic Four front have been quiet. Apparently, a bit too quiet. 20th Century Fox has brought on Simon Kinberg to “substantially overhaul” the script on the Marvel adaptation, which will be directed by Josh Trank.

Kinberg has been part of Fox’s Marvel Universe for a while. He wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, co-wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and produced X-Men First Class. On those last two films, Kinberg also worked extensively with Matthew Vaughn, who is producing Fantastic Four. Outside of Fox, he’s a co-producer on Star Wars Episode VII and is writing a Star Wars spinoff. Read More »

Young Boba Fett

Fans have spent so much time focusing on what’s going to happen with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, we’ve all but ignored the 2016 Star Wars film. Not Episode VIII mind you — that’ll likely be in 2017. In 2016, we’ll get a Star Wars spinoff movie, written and produced by either Lawrence Kasdan or Simon Kinberg. Each writer is working on a film that’ll focus on a specific Star Wars character; we’ve known these spin-off movies are meant to be released between episodes of the new trilogy. Possible characters rumored for these films are Yoda, Han Solo or Boba Fett.

If that’s true though, which stories will we see on screen? At a recent Disney investor conference, chief financial officer Jay Rasulo referred to those movies not as “spin-offs,” but as “origin story films.” Read More »

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