Simon Kinberg on the flaws, failures and future of Fox's Fantastic Four

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May 19, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg has taken more than his fair share of beatings over the lingering stench of Josh Trank's Fantastic Four fiasco, but he's still determined to steer the sunken ship into a welcoming port.  Perhaps he's a glutton for punishment after the universal hatred heaped on the 20th Century Fox superhero film that spawned heated uproar and debate over its handling of the sacred source material, but Kinberg is unwavering in his effort to make this disaster right for faithful fans. 

In an interview with Den of Geek, the writer/producer delivered his thoughts and plans for a (cough) sequel.  And yes, he IS serious, and, as far as we know, not intoxicated.

“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.”

“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.”


The obvious thought is, why didn't anyone think of this BEFORE they spent $120 million and tossed the directorial keys to a novice filmmaker with one movie under his belt? Somewhere in the creative process, there must have been ample opportunities to question the tone and direction of the movie, while it was in lengthy preproduction mode, or while viewing what had to be nearly unwatchable dailies, or in the editing room when the jumbled mess was being assembled.  Maybe by that time the tidal wave of tedium was already cresting and damage control set in, but Kinberg's admirable efforts on the X-Men franchise should no longer be held in such high esteem.

If Fox truly insists on retaining the property, then they owe it to humanity to pass the pen to another writer(s) and distance themselves from the entire creative team that drove the Fantastic Four head-first into the disappointing dust of deplorable cinema.  Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four deserve far better.  


What do you think?  Should Kinberg get another shot at redemption and would you welcome the cast back, or are you ready to for some fresh talent taking over?

(Via Geek Tyrant)