Simon Kinberg has been a productive creative source for Fox, having written four entries in its X-Men film franchise, the last of which, Dark Phoenix, serves as his directorial debut – currently in post-production. However, it appears that Kinberg just made a deal to join an already-impressive lineup of creative talent for the streaming content platform of tech giant Apple.
Apple has given Kinberg a 10-episode straight-to-series commitment for an untitled sci-fi series, according to Deadline. While details on the project – set to be co-written by Kinberg and David Weil – are scarce, it is being described as “large, large budget,” as well as “ambitious” and “character driven.” With casting reportedly underway as we speak, its globally-shooting production is being targeted for the summer. Kinberg and Weil will serve as executive producers along with Genre Films’ president of TV, Audrey Chon.
Yet, a narrative for this (likely lucrative) Apple deal centers on Kinberg’s long-time relationship with 21st Century Fox. While Kinberg has teased that his cinematic entry in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, will be a new beginning for the Fox-licensed Marvel movie franchise, the elephant in the room remains Disney’s imminently-finalizing absorption of the studio; a move that, per suggestions from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, signals the end of Fox’s movie universe as the X-Men property gets rebooted and stitched into the intricately-planned Marvel Cinematic Universe, for which the Avengers movies serve as the fulcrum. Consequently, the Apple deal will likely be perceived as a platform parachute for Kinberg as the Fox X-Men continuity dissipates in a Thanos-like snap.
For now, Kinberg also has his hands on a wide variety of other projects in and out of Fox – notwithstanding the wide array of rumored features – as he remains a credited producer on Fox-based X-Men TV shows in FX’s Legion and Fox Network’s The Gifted, as well as the upcoming Jordan Peele-headlined CBS All Access reboot of The Twilight Zone.
Kinberg’s mystery sci-fi project will share a platform with other (similarly-untitled) peak television offerings from creative heavies such as M. Night Shyamalan, Ronald D. Moore, Steven Knight and Oscar-winner Damien Chazelle.
Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to arrive at theaters on June 7.
We will certainly keep you apprised of the developments for Simon Kinberg’s mystery Apple series as the news arrives!