After an abysmal opening with the Fantastic Four Fox are still committed to making a sequel. Writer and Producer of the first movie Simon Kinberg stated:
"I’m really focused on the next one," Kinberg told MTV News at the Toronto National Film Festival. "I was obviously disappointed," he added, speaking to fans' reaction. "I was most disappointed that fans didn’t like it. I care more about them than I do anyone else. But I haven’t done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don’t know."
Kinberg also reacted to the movies overwhelming negative reviews from critics and fans alike:
"I’ve been on plenty of happy movies that don’t turn out to be very good movies, I’ve been on a lot of unhappy, difficult sets that turn out to be great movies. There was a lot of attention on the process of making that movie. It’s hard, when you’re making a movie, movies are hard to make. It’s just the reality."
Fox Chief Executive Chris Bronson is also committed to the sequel. However, he is likely to leave it to Kinberg to rectify the first movies mistakes. Although the first movie bombed the franchise of the Fantastic Four can still live IF the plot is rectified. As Kinberg agreed on..
"I was obviously disappointed. I was most disappointed that fans didn't like it. I care more about them than I do anyone else. But I haven't done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don't know. I've been on plenty of happy movies that don't turn out to be very good movies, I've been on a lot of unhappy, difficult sets that turn out to be great movies. There was a lot of attention on the process of making that movie. It's hard, when you're making a movie, movies are hard to make. It's just the reality. Every time you make a movie, you want to make a great movie. It's a ton of time and effort you put in. We made that movie in the sweltering heat of summer in Baton Rouge and I was there every day of photography. You're waking up every morning being like, I want to go make a great movie. It was an opportunity to do that. I do believe there is a great Fantastic Four movie that we've made with that cast. So I'm gonna figure out what that is."
Does that mean a sequel is going ahead?
“We’re figuring out what that movie would be. I’d like that to happen
Fantastic Four cast was a good one but the plot and dialogue was heavily criticised.
Now for me, I still think that there is life in the Fantastic Four. It does have characters that deserve to be in the Marvel/Fox movies. Characters like Doom, Thing, Storm and the expanding supporting characters are to big not to be given a second chance. However, it was not the cast that was the problem...it was the director Josh Trank and Fox. Trank was at fault for making the movie that was inspired by the weakest Fantastic Four origin story in the Ultimate Fantastic Four. Trank also had no respect for the characters due to the way that the Thing was inexcusably naked and the other cast had no development at all. It did not help that Trank was reportedly drug and high on shoot....judging by the end result I can see it for myself. Fox are also accountable for not going with the original script! The original script had Galactus and Mole Man along with a better origin story.
Will the sequel revitalise the Fantastic Four?
I do think that Fox are going to give it a last shot. If they do succeed then the Fantastic Four can expand its own franchise by crossing over with other Fox owned Marvel rights like X-Men, Deadpool, Namor and Silver Surfer. Fox however, need to have a competent director at the helm. A director that can use the talents of Teller, Jordan,Mara and Bell to the fullest. And the story needs to be a successful one in Comics that can be transferred to the big screen.