Weeks after inking a first-look producing deal with 20th Century Fox, Simon Kinberg has set up his debut project with the studio and is teaming with hot scribe David Guggenheim.
The untitled action thriller, which is based on Kinberg’s original pitch, revolves around the U.S. agencies responsible for the critical, and often dangerous, business of international nuclear materials recovery.
Guggenheim, who shot to the top of Hollywood’s new in-demand writers after Universal bought his spec “Safe House” in a heated bidding war several months ago, will pen the screenplay.
“He’s an incredibly exciting new voice,” Kinberg said. “I read (‘Safe House’) and wanted to find something to work on with him, so I’m incredibly excited that we clicked on this. I think he combines really strong character work with cool, innovative action, and those are the kind of movies I’m hoping to produce — cool, smart, character-driven genre films.”
Kinberg, who is known for penning such big action tentpoles as “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Jumper” and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” will produce the untitled nuclear pic via his Genre Films banner.
Steve Asbell will oversee for the studio.
Kinberg is a producer on Fox’s upcoming “X-Men: First Class” as well as “Luna” at Paramount and “Osterman Weekend” at Summit Entertainment.
Guggenheim’s “Safe House” is being fast-tracked by Universal with Scott Stuber producing.