Unfortunately, he’s not saying that they’ve decided to forget about it and give the rights back to Marvel so they can avoid further embarrassment. That’s right, as if they want to just give a collective middle finger to fans and Marvel, FOX is moving forward on their plans for a Fantastic Four sequel. Apparently, the profits from Deadpool afforded them the chance to buy some balls.
In a new interview with Den of Geek, Kinberg, the film’s producer had a lot to say, including an admission that the first film wasn’t exactly a classic:
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.”
The question remains as to whether they deserve another chance. Kinberg is talking like this was just one mistake. The reality is that FOX has managed to released three sub par Fantastic Four Films.
In regards to how he plans on fixing the sequel, he had this to say:
“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.”
Interestingly, it sounds like he plans on bringing back the cast of the film as well. I can’t imagine any of them being willing to give FOX that much control over their reputations, especially not after two of the cast members went on to gain such tremendous acclaim (Michael B Jordan in Creed and Miles Teller in Whiplash).
“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.”