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'Apocalypse' Producer Simon Kinberg in Talks to Direct Future 'X-Men' Movie

25 February 2017

As a credited writer or producer for at least seven X-Men related shows and movies, and more on the way, it seems like Kinberg might want to take a crack at directing with the upcoming X-Men: Supernova film that he's written. According to Collider, the next film with the rest of the X-Men may be run by another familiar face, as writer/producer Simon Kinberg is favored to replace Bryan Singer as director.

Things are indeed busy on the "X-Men" front right now, with "Logan" incoming and "Deadpool 2" set to shoot this year, whilst "The New Mutants" and "X-Men: Supernova" (on which, it has been reported, Kinberg hopes to make his directorial debut) may also be close to starting production.

Kinberg earned an Oscar nomination past year as a producer for The Martian, and has generally penned a good mix of both winners (like Sherlock Holmes in 2009) and losers (like 2015's Fantastic Four).

While Kinberg has produced the franchise for years, two of the three X-Men movies he officially wrote were among the worst of the series.

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"I think the truth is we would not make another Fantastic Four movie until it was ready to be made". Sequels followed, including the better-than-the-original X2: X-Men United and the underwhelming X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

That left the forthcoming Gambit movie to act as the first real attempt to build an X-Men Cinematic Universe.

As far as fans can tell, David Leitch is now working on a Deadpool sequel, John Boone is busy with New Mutants, and Bryan Singer is killing time until September, when work will begin on a sequel to Apocalypse, which is rumored to be titled Supernova. Deadpool only had the loosest of ties to the rest of the X-Men universe and this year's Logan is more of a standalone tale that a core part of an overall narrative.

The concept has already been dabbled in X-Men: The Last Stand with Famke Janssen playing Jean Grey and also touched in Apocalypse as Sophie Turner's Jean Grey taps into her potential power to win the ultimate battle.