Simon Kinberg, a longtime writer and producer in Fox’s X-Men franchise, could finally get his chance to direct – and it may very well be the next ensemble X-Men film.
Kinberg, whose relationship with the franchise dates back to 2006 when he wrote the screenplay for the critically panned X-Men: The Last Stand, not only is developing a Dark Phoenix story for the followup to last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, but according to Collider‘s Steve Weintraub, also is at the front of the line to direct.
While I think fans have the right to be nervous about someone possibly making their directorial debut with an X-Men movie, I’d point out that Deadpool marked the directorial debut of Tim Miller, and that turned out OK.
I’m actually very confident in Kinberg’s ability behind the camera. After all, he’s watched some great filmmakers up close and learned from the best, and he’s been entrenched in this X-Men universe for over a decade now.
Kinberg earned an Oscar nomination last 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). He’s also been tapped to write not only an upcoming Star Wars anthology film, but also the proposed remake of the 1976 film Logan’s Run.