Simon Kinberg graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. He received an MFA from Columbia University Film School, where he won the school’s highest screenwriting award, the Zaki Gordon Fellowship. His final thesis project was the original script “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Directed by Doug Liman, and starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, it became one of the hundred most successful films of all time.
Named by Premiere Magazine as “New Power” Screenwriter of the Year in 2005, and given Movieline Magazine’s “Breakthrough Award” for screenwriting, Simon has worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Mostow, Stephen Sommers, and McG. Scripts include “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which opened on Memorial Day 2006 to box office records, “Jumper” for Regency and 20th Century Fox, and the smash hit “Sherlock Holmes” directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The film set the box office record for the biggest Christmas opening in history, received a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
Currently, Simon is writing/producing “This Means War” starring Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine at 20th Century Fox. He is also working on “Spy vs. Spy” for director David Dobkin at Warner Brothers, and co-writing an original script for producer JJ Abrams at Paramount. In addition, he is producing “X-Men: First Class,” directed by Matthew Vaughn, and producing Neill Blomkamp’s next movie, as well as “Cinderella” at Disney. In television, Simon has a deal with Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Brothers TV. His production company, Genre Films, has a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox.
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"I was incredibly impressed with the scripts, both the quality of the writing and the original takes on the concept. They really feel like movies." - Simon Kinberg