Simon Kinberg to Write X-Men 3!

The Hollywood Reporter says that 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios are moving forward with X-Men 3, hiring screenwriter Simon Kinberg to write the script!

For the studio, he previously wrote “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, did a rewrite on Jennifer Garner’s Elektra, and also a rewrite for director Tim Story’s Fantastic Four.

Kinberg told the trade that the storyline is still being hammered out.

“I’m a religious reader of the (‘X-Men’) 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.”‘

The film’s producers are eyeing a summer start and are starting to meet with directors to replace Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two “X-Men” movies. Deals have yet to be worked out for the actors to return, but they are all expected to reprise their roles.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter