Simon Kinberg has signed on to write the script for the third film in the
X-Men franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kinberg comes to the
project with experience in the genre, having done rewrites for the comic-book
adaptations Elektra and Fantastic Four for Marvel Productions and 20th Century
The story is still being worked out, but Kinberg said he was a fan of the
comic-book series and the films it inspired. "I'm a religious reader of the
comics, and I loved the first two movies," Kinberg said. "I had a great
experience with Fox and Marvel on the other projects, and when they came to me and
asked me if I had any interest in X3, I was ecstatic. I grew up on them, and I
love these comics, and it's exciting to take a whack at making the third the
biggest and best in the trilogy; it's our Return of the King."
Producers are meeting with directors to replace Bryan Singer, who helmed the
first X-Men movies. Deals have yet to be worked out for the actors to
return, but they are all expected to reprise their roles, the trade paper reported.
Production is expected to begin in the summer of 2005.
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