Kinberg, Simon: Profile of Accompished Writer and Producer (Mr and Mrs Smith, Fantastic Four, Cinderella)

SIMON KINBERG  is the writer and producer of the new Fantastic Four, bowing in Auhust 2015.

Over the past decade, Kinberg has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers, having written and/or produced projects for some of the most successful franchises in the modern film era.

Mr and Mrs Smith

Kinberg graduated from Brown University, and received his MFA from Columbia University Film School, where his final thesis project was the original script “Mr and Mrs Smith.” The film was released in 2005, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It became an international blockbuster, garnered an MTV Movie Award and several People’s Choice Awards.

X-Men: The Last Stand

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, to which he has returned multiple times as both writer and producer.

Jumper

In 2008, Kinberg wrote and produced Doug Liman’s film “Jumper” for New Regency and 20th Century Fox.  The film opened number one at the box office.

Sherlock Holmes Starring Robert Downey Jr.

In 2009, Kinberg co-wrote the film “Sherlock Holmes” starring Robert Downey Jr., directed by Guy Ritchie. The film set the box office record for the biggest Christmas opening day in history. It received a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and was nominated for two Academy Awards.

Genre Films

In 2010, Kinberg established his production company Genre Films, with a first look deal at Fox. Under this banner, he produced 2011’s “X-Men: First Class,” executive produced 2012’s “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” and wrote and produced 2012’s “This Means War.”

Elysium

In 2013, Kinberg produced “Elysium,” which starred Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The film also paired him with director Neill Blomkamp, with whom Kinberg has reteamed for “Chappie” starring Hugh Jackman. “Elysium” marked Kinberg’s sixth film to open #1 at the box office.

Kinberg wrote and produced the 2014 blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and produced the comedy hit “Let’s Be Cops,” both for 20th Century Fox.

Cinderella

Kinberg developed and produced Disney’s “Cinderella.” The film stars Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter and is directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Kinberg is writing and producing the next X-Men movie, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which will be released Memorial Day 2016.

He is also writing and producing one of the upcoming “Star Wars” films.  He serves as consultant on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and he is the creator and executive producer of the animated show “Star Wars: Rebels.”

Among his other projects, he is producing an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” with Ridley Scott, and a series of films based on the Hasbro game “Magic: The Gathering.”