Simon Kinberg Sci-Fi Series Set for Apple

X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg has landed a series commitment with Apple for an untitled sci-fi series.

Simon Kinberg

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.

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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!

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.