Fox Still Wants to Make a Fantastic Four Sequel with the Same Cast

Friday, 13 May 2016 - 11:08AM
Fantastic Four
Friday, 13 May 2016 - 11:08AM
Fox Still Wants to Make a Fantastic Four Sequel with the Same Cast
Fantastic Four was one of the worst superhero movies of all time, and was definitely the biggest failure since the studios started their current superhero movie universes. And producer Simon Kinberg, who worked on Fantastic Four and X-Men, claims that Fox very well knows the mistakes they made with the franchise:

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"We didn't make a good movie," Kinberg told Den Of Geek. "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."
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If his statement that they "wouldn't repeat" their mistakes sounds like they want another bite at the apple, that's exactly what it means. According to Kinberg, the studio is still holding out hope that they can make a sequel with the same cast:
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"We want to make another Fantastic Four movie. We love that cast," he said, calling Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, and Jamie Bell "great actors." "I love the comic, I mean I love it almost as much as X-Men."
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It makes sense that they would want to keep the same actors, as all four stars are incredibly talented and were simply wasted on a movie with a bad script and tons of production issues. And at the very least, Kinberg seems to understand some of what went wrong with the first movie:

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"We'll try to be truer to the essence of Fantastic Four, which is largely distinct from the X-Men, which is brighter, funner, more optimistic in 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."
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For the record, making a movie "dark" doesn't necessarily mean making it joyless, but it's good that Fox understands they need to be more faithful to the comics. Overall, though, it seems like the studio has lost their way creatively with these characters, and they might be better served if the studio worked with Marvel. Spider-Man was getting similarly off-track at Sony, but after only one movie at Marvel we already have a worthy adaptation of the character. I would be happy to see Marvel make a sequel with the same characters (or, more likely, have them show up in a group movie like Infinity War before getting another spin-off). But Fox seems determined to hold onto the characters, and Kinberg is (weirdly) optimistic about the chances for a sequel getting made:

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"We're working really hard on figuring that out," he said. "Nothing would make me happier than the world embracing a Fantastic Four movie."
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