Fox is moving aggressively to bring its superhero universe up to par with what Marvel (and soon to be Warner Bros) is doing. They just announced X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, and now they're looking even farther ahead, signing Simon Kinberg to a three year development deal.
Kinberg co-wrote and produced Days of Future Past, the next X-Men installment and the bridge between the two timelines.
Now Fox has him on board to help them develop their overall universe over the next few years. At his disposal are the X-Men, Josh Trank's Fantastic Four film set for 2015, the X-Force movie that Jeff Wadlow will direct, and that Deadpool script that's been floating around for years.
Interestingly though, we haven't heard from Mark Millar in a while. He was signed to a similar deal last year, with Fox stating that he would oversee all of the Marvel projects at the studio. Whether he and Kinberg will be collaborating, or if Millar has been quietely removed from the position, is still a mystery.
In addition to Days, Kinberg has previously written X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class, as well as movies like Sherlock HolmesMr. and Mrs. Smith.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]