Collider is exclusively reporting that sources that writer/producer Simon Kinberg is in talks with 20th Century Fox to make his directorial debut with the next X-Men film.
It’s believed that the next instalment in the X-Men franchise will focus on the Dark Phoenix storyline, which Kinberg has already written the screenplay for, though it’s in the studios ball court now on whether they’ll use his script and if they’ll choose him to direct it.
The only thing that’s been officially confirmed in recent weeks is when Sophie Turner appeared at the BAFTAs last week and on the red carpet was asked by HeyUGuys (video below) what she had in the pipeline, she said:
We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men, we’ve just finished shooting Season 7 of [Game of] Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8.
Simon Kinberg is well versed within the X-Men universe over at 20th Century Fox, having written all the screenplays for the X-Men films since the third instalment, X-Men: The Last Stand, back in 2006 and also produced those films, as well as Deadpool and Marvel’s new television series Legion. While many will be skeptical or set to hit the outrage button at someone making a directorial debut on a superhero film, for better or worse Simon Kinberg did work as a second unit director on the Fantastic Four film….the one which would make an incredible ‘What Happened?’ documentary series for Jon Schnepp to follow up on The Death of Superman Lives. While Kinberg has hit home runs in terms of scripts he’s penned, he has had his few share of duds also.