One year on, the impact crater of Josh Trank’s “Fantasic Four” remains – effectively killing any chance of those Marvel heroes making a return appearance in the near future.
Yet those involved, more specifically co-writer and producer Simon Kinberg, are still holding out hope for a follow-up even though the first was such a mess. Talking about the first film’s failure, he told Den of Geek this week:
“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.
Kinberg says that if the studio tackles the sequel, and he certainly wants to with the same cast, they will aim for the much brighter tone:
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.
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.”
He also spoke to Flickering Myth this week about the progress of the “X-Men” spin-off “Gambit” which was slated for an October release but has been pushed back as the film has yet to go into production. Talking about the delays, Kinberg puts it down to getting the script right:
“We’ve got to get the script right. We just didn’t get the script to the place where we all thought the movie deserved. So we’re still working on the script. We’re very close, actually, to being done with the script. And the hope is that Channing [Tatum] has a couple of movies he has to shoot, but that we would shoot at the end of this year, or the beginning of next year.”
Should things go to plan, “Gambit” would then get a release either late 2017 or early 2018.