But wait! Didn’t Fox take the announced Fantastic 4 sequel off their schedule?
Yes they did. But that doesn’t seem to have stopped the creative teams at Fox from trying to make a sequel to the 2015 abysmal box office bomb, Fantastic Four.
Writer-Producer, Simon Kinberg, who wrote the screenplay for the 2015 Fantastic Four, spoke with Den of Geek about several matters surrounding the franchise.
Kinberg is done defending the 2015 movie and 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 bade many mistakes when we made that movie – mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn’t repeat.”
Kinberg then goes on to say that he is working very hard to figure out a sequel. And when asked what he would do for the sequel to make it better than its predecessor he said he would keep the same cast, as well as:
“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 funnier, 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.”
It looks like there is actually still some thought processing going on at Fox to actually make this sequel happen.
I have to say, this is terrible. Simon Kinberg is a fantastic screenwriter who has written for such films as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the soon to be released X-Men: Apocalypse as well as an untitled Star Wars Anthology Film. Why does Fox have such a great writer on their hands continuing to work on Fantastic Four, a project that has failed now 4 times!
On that note, why is it so hard to make a good Fantastic Four movie? Disney already did it – its called The Incredibles. Just follow that formula!
Hopefully this can finally die and the property can go back to Marvel Studios. I’m actually fine with X-Men staying with Fox, and Spider-Man staying with Sony (being leased to Marvel) – it means we get more superhero movies per year. However, this property has not been treated like in needs to be. The safest hands at this point are with Marvel. Maybe in phase 4 after the both Avengers Infinity War Part 1 & 2?