Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg is done defending Fantastic Four, but that doesn’t mean he’s given up hopes for a sequel even though Fox took it off the calendar after the 2015 movie tanked at the box office.
Speaking to Den of Geek, Kinberg admits:
“We didn’t make a good movie,” Kinberg said, “and the world voted, and I think they probably voted correctly. And you can’t make a good movie every time out – not everybody does. We actually have a pretty good batting average, all things considered. But I think we made many mistakes when we made that movie – mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn’t repeat.”
So what’s the key difference between the original and a proposed sequel? Kinberg explains:
“We’ll try to be truer to the essence of the tone of Fantastic Four, which is completely – well, not completely, but largely – distinct from the X-Men, which is brighter, funner, more optimistic tone. I think we tried to make a darker Fantastic Four movie, which seemed like a radical idea but we were kind of messing with the DNA of the actual comic instead of trusting the DNA of the comic.”
Also, when it comes to a sequel, he would want to bring back the core cast
“We want to make another Fantastic Four movie. We love that cast – I mean if I were to say to you now Michael B Jordan and Miles Teller, and Kate [Mara] and Jamie [Bell] are great actors – we love that cast. I love the comic, I mean I love it almost as much as X-Men.”
So what exactly are the chances of winning Fox over to the possibility of a Fantastic Four movie done right?
“We’re working really hard on figuring that out,” he said. “Nothing would make me happier than the world embracing a Fantastic Four movie.”
Fantastic Four shouldn’t be this tough to crack. It’s essentially a superhero team movie, and we’ve got plenty of those. The hardest thing about a Fantastic Four movie should be making The Thing look right. Hopefully Kinberg and Fox figure out how to proceed with a sequel, because they’ve got a talented cast. Now they just need a writer and director they can trust with the material.