Lift movie

Producers Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Matt Reeves (The Batman) are preparing to “lift” off at Netflix.

The streamer has acquired a hot new spec script called Lift from writer Dan Kunka, winning a bidding war to acquire the title after it was sent to every studio earlier this week. The story involves a daring mid-air heist on an airplane, so I will absolutely be watching this. Get a few more details below.
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Twilight Zone reboot canceled

Bright and early this morning, I was awakened by the shouts of a newsie in the streets outside my home, yelling, “Extra! Extra! The Twilight Zone reboot canceled by Paramount+!” I can only assume this happened nationwide, so we’re probably all on the same page there. But in any case, that story is slightly more complicated than that shrill child made it seem. Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw and Simon Kinberg‘s Genre Films, the production companies behind the CBS All Access revival of the classic Rod Serling sci-fi show, issued a statement today clarifying that the show was not technically canceled – it actually ended on their own terms.
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battlestar galactica movie simon kinberg

The long-awaited Battlestar Galactica movie has a new writer: Simon Kinberg. Kinberg will also produce the project, which is coming from Universal. The Battlestar movie has been kicking around for so long that at one point now-disgraced filmmaker Bryan Singer was attached to helm, and a revolving list of writers – including Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy – have been involved with the script. Now it’s Kinberg’s turn.

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The 355 Trailer

If a bunch of dudes can always band together to stop some generic bad guy from destroying the world with some kind of doomsday device, so can a group of women. That’s exactly what Universal Pictures is doing with The 355, a new action blockbuster that teams up Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Bingbing Fan as an assembly of international operatives tasked with stopping some kind of massive attack. You want cliches? The 355 trailer is full of them. Read More »

Idris Elba romantic spy thriller

Apple keeps signing big names as they build their streaming empire. The latest: Idris Elba, who has signed on to produce and star in a romantic spy thriller for the streamer, with Simon Kinberg also producing. The film will be set in Africa, but beyond that, there’s very little info. Kinberg wrote and produced Mr. & Mrs. Smith, so he has a history with romantic spy thrillers starring attractive people.

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Here Comes the Flood

Jason Bateman might be ready to orchestrate a heist.

The actor/director is reportedly in early talks to direct Here Comes the Flood, a heist film written by X-Men franchise writer/producer Simon Kinberg. The movie is for Netflix, where Bateman has been working on the streaming drama Ozark; earlier this week, he earned his third straight Emmy nomination for his work on that series.
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chairman spaceman

Andrew Stanton, director of WALL-EJohn CarterFinding Nemo, and more, is in talks to helm Chairman Spaceman, based on the short story of the same name. Simon Kinberg is producing the project, which follows a corporate raider trying to make amends for his deeds by helping colonize the solar system. The short story, written by Thomas Pierce, originally appeared in the New Yorker.

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New Mutants Reshoots

It’s been a long road for The New Mutants to arrive in movie theaters. Originally intended for release back in April of 2018, the film has been delayed several times since then. Some of the earliest rumors about the film’s delay came from a reported need to do reshoots that would add a new character to the movie, while other reports indicated the reshoots were intended to make the movie scarier. But director Josh Boone has finally spoken up to clear the air, saying that no reshoots were ever completed. Read More »

Dark Phoenix Honest Trailer

This past summer, the X-Men franchise as it existed at 20th Century Fox came to an end. But Marvel’s mutants didn’t go out with a bang, but with the whimper of a new take on a story they already tried to tell back in 2006, and they even brought c0-writer Simon Kinberg back and let him direct this time.

Dark Phoenix tried to pack one of the best X-Men storylines from Marvel Comics into a movie that also had the burden of bidding farewell to Professor X, Magneto and the loyal bands of mutants that have been following them for nearly two decades. Unfortunately, this movie missed the mark in nearly every single way, barely registering as a sequel, let alone the end of one of the biggest superhero franchises of the 21st century. Or as the Dark Phoenix trailer succinctly puts it, maybe it was a bad idea to put so much emphasis on Mystique just because she was played by Jennifer Lawrence. Read More »

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pyros cast

For the past few years, Reese Witherspoon has been using her clout to boost rising creatives and develop projects that spotlight women. So her next project will be naturally be a sci-fi movie with…Dark Phoenix‘s Simon Kinberg? The writer-director is certainly in need of a boost following the critical and commercial disappointment of Dark Phoenix, but it seems like he doesn’t need to worry much — Pyrosthe sci-fi film that he and Witherspoon are producing, which Witherspoon is set to star in, has become the next hot package in Hollywood.

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