Fantastic Four producer Simon Kinberg says last year's reboot film wasn't "a good movie," but that isn't stopping him from wanting to produce a sequel that is closer in tone to the comic book.
“We didn't make a good movie,” Kinberg told Den Of Geek. “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.”
Kinberg went on to praise the film's cast, and offer some insight into where he thinks the film went wrong.
“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," Kinberg explained. "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.”
It's still unclear whether a sequel for Fantastic Four is still in the plans for 20th Century Fox, after last year's reboot was met dismal critical and fan reception. Fantastic Four 2 was removed from Fox's schedule last year and the studio has not mentioned the property since.
Despite Kinberg's affection of the cast who were not at fault for the film's failure, it is highly doubtful any new FF attempt by Fox would have any relation to the Trank-disaster.
Of course, given the successful relaunch of Spider-Man in Marvel Studio's Captain America: Civil War in advance of Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer, speculation (or wishful thinking) of a Marvel-Fox team-up to bring the FF to the MCU will hang over the property for some time.
Newsarama also continues to argue that any new attempt at the property should embrace a more faithful, older version of the team and one of if not the most distinguishing characteristics of the concept - that they are already a fully-formed, extended nuclear family.