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Kinberg to write X3

10.01.2004

Let's see if I can keep this complicated world of superhero films straight. Bryan Singer left Fox and X-MEN 3 to instead direct SUPERMAN for Warner Bros. He brought with him writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty who turned X2 into one of the best comic adaptations of all time. So the jilted Fox, none to happy with Singer's abrupt departure, has moved on without him. Today comes word that they've hired a more Fox-happy writer Simon Kinberg. Kinberg has worked on Fox superhero flicks like ELEKTRA and FANTASTIC FOUR as well as the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie actioner MR. AND MRS. SMITH. Of the gig, Kinberg said, "I'm a religious reader of the comics, and I loved the first two movies...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." Comparing X3 to ROTK? That's a ballsy statement- but one I'm hoping the man can deliver on. Early word on his FANTASTIC script was that it was a vast improvement on the existing drafts but not quite 100%. Though so far his SMITH movie looks superb so we'll keep our fingers crossed. Fox is now looking to find a director to replace Singer so they can keep their targeted production date of summer 2005.

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