20th Century Fox has landed the sci-fi spec GENESIS from scribe Andrew Baldwin with Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films set to produce. We’re hearing that this went into several studios with multiple interested parties before ultimately landing with Kinberg when Fox submitted a winning bid. The story details are being kept under wraps, but the script is being described as a sci-fi thriller with action elements.
Kinberg, who has a long-standing first-look deal with Fox, is the mega-producer behind the X-Men franchise, including this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. He was also behind the recent blockbusters The Martian and Deadpool – the latter of which has a sequel currently in pre-production. Genre’s vast development slate also includes the remake of the classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express, Luna Park with Tom Cruise, and Caves of Steel – to which Kinberg is also attached to direct.
Baldwin first landed on the 2008 Black List with his Western spec The West is Dead and has been steadily rising ever since. He sold Red Asphalt, a top-secret 3D project, to Lionsgate in 2010 and found himself back on the Black List in 2011 with The Outsider – currently in production with Jared Leto starring. Baldwin recently scripted the action thriller Bastille Day and has been commissioned to write a follow-up to 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. He wrote Genesis from a story developed with Kyle Franke of XYZ Films.
Genesis will re-team Kinberg and Baldwin, who have both worked on the Logan’s Run reboot that is currently in development at Warner Bros.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor