“That’s fantastic news!” – said no one ever.
X-Men and Fant4stic (yes, I’m sticking with Fox’s naming convention) producer Simon Kinberg sat down with Den of Geek and discussed the future of the Fantastic Four. And here I am surprised that there is a future at all.
Fant4stic was a failure on just about every level: critically, financially, and general audience response. It was criticized for its script, acting, effects, editing, everything. Fant4stic was a terrible film, bad enough to the point where Fox took its planned sequel off it’s slate. Well, don’t count this terrible franchise out yet, Fox has movie rights it needs to hold on to.
Kingberg had this to say about Fant4stic, and the future of the franchise:
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.
Alright, sounds good so far. I like where Kinberg’s head is at. He looks like he knows what he’s talk-
We want to make another Fantastic Four movie.
And there he goes and ruins it.
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.
At least Kinberg admitted that they didn’t make a good movie, and they seem to understand what a lot of the issues with the film were. Fant4stic never should have been an overly dark, serious film, when the Fantastic Four property is based in wacky fun, almost retro styled science fiction.
I disagree however about their batting average. With Fantastic Four films at least, they are 0/3. How many times do they need to screw up Fantastic Four before they realize that maybe they have their work cut out for them?
No one wants a sequel to Fant4stic, because no one liked Fant4stic. Fox has done serious damage to the Fantastic Four IP, and continuing with this same cast and continuity is just going to drive audiences away even further. The only reason I see this sequel happening is so Fox can hold onto the rights, and continue to make terrible Fantastic Four films.
Just give the rights back to Marvel – or at the very least work out a deal like Sony and Spider-Man – no one wants another Fox helmed Fantastic Four film, especially one that is a sequel to Fant4stic.
Would you be interested in another Fantastic Four movie? Let me know in the comments below.