Movie Talk: Simon Kinberg Talks ‘Fantastic Four’ Sequel; ‘Space Jam’ Director Blasts Sequel

     May 13, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 13th, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, David Griffin and John Rocha discuss the following:

  • Box Office Predictions
  • Mail Bag

fantastic-four-character-poster-bannerAccording to producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg, he still believes there is room for a Fantastic Four sequel. Speaking to Den of Geek at the junket for X-Men: Apocalypse, Kinberg made no secret of his feelings about the 2015 film and its dramatic departure from the comics, saying they didn’t make a good movie. The world voted, and he thinks they probably voted correctly. At the same time, Kinberg said that the desire to make another Fantastic Four at Fox still remains – making the tone of the film closer to the tone of the comics.

Joe Pytka, the director of the 1996 film Space Jam, unleashed some strong words in opposition to the newly announced sequel for his original movie. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Pytka thinks Warner Bros should stop with the sequel, saying the project is “doomed.” He believes Space Jam was a perfect storm that cannot be duplicated. Space Jam 2 will be directed by Justin Lin with LeBron James tapped to star. The movie will be written by Bad Words screenwriter Andrew Dodge. No release date has been set.

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Derek Connolly, the co-writer of Jurassic World, has been hired to work on Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Legendary’s Jaegars vs. Monsters pic directed by Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro remains involved with the project as one of the producers but is not directing the sequel; that role went to Steven DeKnight, the showrunner of season 1 of Netflix’s Daredevil. The most recent drafts of the script have been worked on by del Toro, Zak Penn and Jon Spaihts. While plot details are being kept under wraps, THR’s report mentions that it is unclear if Connolly is doing a page-one rewrite or simply a polish.

Variety is reporting that Brenda Chapman, who directed the Academy Award-winning animated film Brave, will make her live-action directing debut in Come Away, a prequel to Alice in Wonderland AND Peter Pan. The premise of the movie supposes that Alice and Peter were brother and sister who had to deal with their older brother perishing in an accident and their parents’ despair over the tragedy — leading them to ultimately journey to Wonderland for Alice and Neverland for Peter. Both properties are in the public domain leading to a Marissa Kate Goodhill script combining the two popular stories. No release date has been set.


Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the action-thriller The Accountant with Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor directing Ben Affleck in a story about a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin. The film also stars Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow. The Accountant opens in theaters on October 14th.

casey-jones-stephen-amell-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-2In an exclusive clip found only on Collider.com, Paramount has released a new clip from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. In it, we see the introduction of Casey Jones, played by Stephen Amell, meeting Meagan Fox’s April O’ Neil as he saves her from armed assailants known as the Foot Clan. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows also stars Will Arnett, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry, Brittany Ishibashi, Laura Linney and William Fichtner. It hits theaters on June 3rd. 

BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS

Now it’s time for Box Office Predictions brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. This is the part of the show where we make our predictions on what movies are opening this weekend and in what order they will top the weekend’s box office.

MAIL BAG

Stewart Fletcher writes:

Howdy Collider, love everything you do and can’t get enough if it. My question is this: if you could team up a deceased actor in their prime with an actor working today, which two would you combine? I would love to see Tom Hardy and Charles Bronson in a hardcore, R-rated western. Or perhaps Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks teaming up for a Spielberg political drama. Your thoughts?

Brendan writes:

Hey Guys, Brendan from Ireland here.

I really enjoyed Civil War, but I guess the nerd in me couldn’t help but think if Tony was aware of Spider-Man, then surely he must have known about those other heroes in New York, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones? We now have a situation where TV elements are not referenced or are actively ignored by the movies. Isn’t it time for Marvel to sort out the internal studio politics and have a fully inter-connected universe or just separate them multiverse style?

Thanks, keep up the great work.

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