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SIMON KINBERG (Director/Producer/Screenwriter), who makes his directorial debut with DARK PHOENIX, has established himself as one of Hollywood's most prolific filmmakers, having written and produced projects for some of the most successful franchises in the modern era. His films have earned more than $7 billion worldwide.

Kinberg graduated from Brown University and received his MFA from Columbia University Film School, where his thesis project was the original script Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The film was released in 2005 starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Kinberg's X-Men spinoff New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, will be released in 2019. He is also producing Gambit, to star Channing Tatum. He is attached to produce and direct the remake of Logan's Run at Warner Bros. And he will produce and direct the original film 355, starring Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyongo, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing. Kinberg is also producing the sequel to Murder on the Orient Express, Death on The Nile, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh and to star Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer. Additionally, Kinberg is also producing Artemis to be directed by Miller and Lord and based on a book by the writer of The Martian, and the remake of The Dirty Dozen at Warner Bros.

Kinberg's Genre Films now has five upcoming TV projects in production. Kinberg is the co-writer and creator of an untitled science fiction series with Apple. Kinberg is the executive producer of Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland on Netflix. He is also the executive producer of Legion, a Marvel TV/FX Network production, and The Gifted which airs on Fox Network. He is also the executive producer and co-creator with Jordan Peele of the upcoming remake of The Twilight Zone, which premiered on CBS All Access April 1. Kinberg will be directing the show's season one finale.

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. In 2008, Kinberg wrote and produced Doug Liman's film Jumper for 20th Century Fox. In 2009, Kinberg co-wrote the film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Guy Ritchie. The film received a Golden Globe for Best Actor and was nominated for two Academy Awards.

In 2010, Kinberg established his production company Genre Films, with a first look deal at 20th Century Fox. Under this banner, he produced X-Men: First Class; executive produced Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; and wrote and produced This Means War. In 2013, Kinberg produced Elysium, which starred Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, directed by Neill Blomkamp.

On Memorial Day 2014, Fox released X-Men: Days of Future Past, which Kinber wrote and produced. The film opened number one at the box office, received critical acclaim and went on to gross more than $740 million worldwide.

In 2015, Kinberg had four films in release. He re-teamed with Neill Blomkamp to produce Chappie, starring Hugh Jackman and Sharlto Copley. Kinberg produced Disney's Academy Award nominated Cinderella, starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Kenneth Branagh. In addition, Kinberg was the co-writer and producer of The Fantastic Four. His final film of the year was The Martian, which he produced. The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, grossed more than $630 million worldwide, won two Golden Globes (including Best Picture), and was nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture).

In 2016, Kinberg produced Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds. The film broke international and domestic records for broke international box office, including being the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time globally. It went on to win two Critics Choice Awards (including Best Picture-Comedy), and receive two Golden Globe nominations (including Best Picture), a WGA nomination, and a PGA nomination for Best Picture. That year, he also wrote and produced X-Men: Apocalypse.

In 2017, he produced Logan, the final installment of the Wolverine franchise with Hugh Jackman. It was selected as the closing film of the Berlin Film Festival and opened number one at the box office. Kinberg was also a producer on Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh, with Branagh starring alongside Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr, Judi Dench and others.

In 2018, Kinberg produced Deadpool 2, which matched the success of the first film. It was Kinberg's 14th film to open number one at the box office.

Kinberg has served as a consultant on Star Wars: Episode VII and Rogue One, and he was the creator and executive producer of the animated show Star Wars: Rebels on Disney networks.


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