SIMON KINBERG (Director/Producer/Screenwriter), who makes
his directorial debut with DARK PHOENIX, has established himself as one of
Hollywood's most prolific filmmakers, having written and produced projects for
some of the most successful franchises in the modern era. His films have earned
more than $7 billion worldwide.
Kinberg graduated from Brown University and received his MFA from Columbia
University Film School, where his thesis project was the original script Mr. &
Mrs. Smith. The film was released in 2005 starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Kinberg's X-Men spinoff New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, will be released
in 2019. He is also producing Gambit, to star Channing Tatum. He is attached to
produce and direct the remake of Logan's Run at Warner Bros. And he will produce
and direct the original film 355, starring Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard,
Lupita Nyongo, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing. Kinberg is also producing the
sequel to Murder on the Orient Express, Death on The Nile, to be directed by
Kenneth Branagh and to star Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer. Additionally, Kinberg is
also producing Artemis to be directed by Miller and Lord and based on a book by
the writer of The Martian, and the remake of The Dirty Dozen at Warner Bros.
Kinberg's Genre Films now has five upcoming TV projects in production.
Kinberg is the co-writer and creator of an untitled science fiction series with
Apple. Kinberg is the executive producer of Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer
Sutherland on Netflix. He is also the executive producer of Legion, a Marvel
TV/FX Network production, and The Gifted which airs on Fox Network. He is also
the executive producer and co-creator with Jordan Peele of the upcoming remake
of The Twilight Zone, which premiered on CBS All Access April 1. Kinberg will be
directing the show's season one finale.
In 2006, he wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, which opened on Memorial Day to box
office records, and began his ongoing relationship with the franchise. In 2008,
Kinberg wrote and produced Doug Liman's film Jumper for 20th Century Fox. In
2009, Kinberg co-wrote the film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and
directed by Guy Ritchie. The film received a Golden Globe for Best Actor and
was nominated for two Academy Awards.
In 2010, Kinberg established his production company Genre Films, with a first
look deal at 20th Century Fox. Under this banner, he produced X-Men: First
Class; executive produced Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; and wrote and
produced This Means War. In 2013, Kinberg produced Elysium, which starred Matt
Damon and Jodie Foster, directed by Neill Blomkamp.
On Memorial Day 2014, Fox released X-Men: Days of Future Past, which Kinber
wrote and produced. The film opened number one at the box office, received
critical acclaim and went on to gross more than $740 million worldwide.
In 2015, Kinberg had four films in release. He re-teamed with Neill Blomkamp
to produce Chappie, starring Hugh Jackman and Sharlto Copley. Kinberg produced
Disney's Academy Award nominated Cinderella, starring Cate Blanchett and
directed by Kenneth Branagh. In addition, Kinberg was the co-writer and producer
of The Fantastic Four. His final film of the year was The Martian, which he
produced. The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, grossed
more than $630 million worldwide, won two Golden Globes (including Best
Picture), and was nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture).
In 2016, Kinberg produced Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds. The film broke
international and domestic records for broke international box office, including
being the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time globally. It went on to win
two Critics Choice Awards (including Best Picture-Comedy), and receive two
Golden Globe nominations (including Best Picture), a WGA nomination, and a PGA
nomination for Best Picture. That year, he also wrote and produced X-Men:
In 2017, he produced Logan, the final installment of the Wolverine franchise
with Hugh Jackman. It was selected as the closing film of the Berlin Film
Festival and opened number one at the box office. Kinberg was also a producer on
Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh, with Branagh starring
alongside Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Leslie
Odom Jr, Judi Dench and others.
In 2018, Kinberg produced Deadpool 2, which matched the success of the first
film. It was Kinberg's 14th film to open number one at the box office.
Kinberg has served as a consultant on Star Wars: Episode VII and Rogue One,
and he was the creator and executive producer of the animated show Star Wars:
Rebels on Disney networks.
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