Fox Still Has Hope for Fantastic Four According to Simon Kinberg. Despite the critical and commercial failure of last year’s Fantastic Four, Fox clearly hasn’t given up on the franchise and won’t be giving it back to Marvel anytime soon. Even Simon Kinberg has hopes of getting it right.
Fantastic Four had failed to impress fans, but the interesting story of its development came form behind the scenes with the crew and director Josh Trank. With the film behind him, writer Simon Kinberg dissects the film and opens up on what truly went wrong with the reboot. Speaking with the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, he said, I don’t think that there is, in any movie that doesn’t work, a single decision that is the reason that that movie doesn’t work.” He also added:
I think that there were many decisions we made along the way that led to a movie that people didn’t like and to a movie that I would do differently next time. I think the biggest takeaway for me the tone of the movie, while really interesting and ambitious, ran counter to the DNA of the source material. I think the source material of Fantastic Four is bright, optimistic, poppy in tone. There’s a sort of plucky spirit to those characters, and we made a darker, sort of body-horror kind of version of Fantastic Four, which again as I say it now sounds really interesting and cerebrally ambitious, but isn’t necessarily Fantastic Four.
It’s quite interesting to see Winberg speak about what went wrong with the film. Even if he’s right, the last two Fantastic Four films also had the same tone as the comics but still failed to live up to expectations. No matter what, Fox hasn’t given up on getting the property right. “It’s a big part of [Fox’s superhero] plan going forward… I would love to continue making movies with that cast.” It might not happen, so a reboot may be their best bet for now. What do you think?
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