Well, we tried, but Fox seems intent on making another Fantastic Four movie.
That's according to Simon Kinberg, who had a hand in writing and producing last year's disastrous reboot and has been fairly outspoken recently about what went wrong with that film. But while we tried to reason with Fox not long ago in an open letter, suggesting that making a deal to give the franchise back to Marvel Studios would be in everyone's best interests, Kinberg said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that it's staying put:
“It’s a big part of the plan going forward. Like I say, the biggest lesson learned is that Fantastic Four is a great comic book that has its own tone and voice, and we need to let that lead us...I would love to continue making movies with that cast.”
Kinberg also reiterated why he thought last year's Josh Trank-directed movie didn't work:
"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 [is that] 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.”
Well he's right about that, but we also have to remember that Fox didn't get the tone exactly right on its mid-2000s Fantastic Four movies either, which veered into unintentional camp. So how does Fox strike the right balance now and bring this cast and characters back in a way that can undo the damage that's been done? Do you make a wildly different movie from the last one, or do you perhaps bring the Four into a different film as supporting players, before putting them back out in their own franchise?
One thing's for sure: Fox isn't letting go of this property any time soon, and it's also got this cast locked up for at least another movie or two (Michael B. Jordan's entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe notwithstanding), so we'll just have to hope for the best. Do you think Fox can fix the Four on its own?