Simon Kinberg on X-Men movie universe, TV spin-off

News Simon Brew 28 Apr 2014 - 06:31

A Deadpool movie and a possible X-Men TV series? Simon Kinberg has been dropping hints...

Simon Kinberg is a busy man. He's been working on Star Wars with JJ Abrams. He's co-penned this summer's X-Men: Days Of Future Past and the now-shooting reboot of Fantastic Four. And he has a wider role for Fox overseeing the broader universe for the Marvel characters that the studio holds the rights to.

Chatting to Collider, Kinberg has admitted that Fox's approach to its comic book movies has changed, with Marvel's success the inevitable catalyst for that. "They definitely understand what they have now in a way that - having worked on the X-Men Fox movies since 2003, [it was a] different regime, really different culture  inside the studio [back then]", he said. "We’re gonna have three big superhero movies in the span of like a month and a half between Cap 2, Spider-Man, and us.  So Fox does understand that they are sitting on this massive universe with the X-Men, also with Fantastic Four obviously. But they definitely have a sense of it and there’s a real interest and appetite for how to explore and expand that world into other movies, into spinoffs, into different time periods, the whole gamut".

Confirming that an R-rated Deadpool movie "makes sense to me", Kinberg revealed that it's "early phases, early days" for that particular project. But he also teased a possible television outing for the X-Men as well. "We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at [Agents Of] S.H.I.E.L.D. to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialised format of comic books is better suited for TV ... there’s a way to make these stories that doesn’t cost $300 million every time you have to make a huge movie".

The full interview at Collider can be found here. X-Men: Days Of Future Past is released next month.

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