Fantastic Four

If you were to make a list of “Movies That Fans Demand No Sequel Ever Be Made,” well, it would be a lengthy list, for sure; but somewhere on that list, likely near the top, would surely fall ‘Fant4stic,’ aka the 2015 Fantastic Four “reboot” from Fox that was almost universally reviled by critics and movie-goers alike.  But like Krampus coming at Christmastime to dole out evil and pain instead of presents, we’re now receiving word that a ‘Fantastic Four 2′ film may still very much be alive and in the works.

Simon Kinberg, producer and co-writer of the film, recently commented at length about the Fantastic Four and the film series’ current state of affairs.  He did so while on the press tour for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ of which he also produced and wrote the screenplay, in an interview with Den of Geek.  He started by setting a little truth-time about ‘Fantastic Four:’

“We didn’t make a good movie, 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.”

Owning up to mistakes is always a good thing – and he’s right, no one who works in Hollywood as much as he and some other creative types do are going to make a blockbuster with every single film they have their hand in.  But he’d better be darned ready to learn from those mistakes if this next part he said holds true:

“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, if this sequel were to happen, what might fans expect?  Kinberg answered thusly:

“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 a 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. We’re working really hard on figuring [it] out. Nothing would make me happier than the world embracing a Fantastic Four movie.”

It bears repeating that, as to my understanding, if Fox doesn’t make a new ‘Fantastic Four’ film every seven years, then the rights revert back to Marvel, so that obviously has some effect on when/if we will see another FF film.

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