X-Men producer Simon Kinberg has been chatting some more about the future of the franchise and also the Fantastic Four franchise at FOX.
And, to the surprise of, well, everyone, he wants a sequel and knows how it should be done: “We didn’t make a good movie,” he said of Fantastic Four.
“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 makes a fair point -everyone is entitled to make a mistake, but he thinks it deserves another bite of the cherry: 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.”
All fair points, but we just can’t see the sequel still being greenlit given the reception of the first movie. Plus, with Michael B Jordan looking like he’s joined the MCU, we reckon it’s unlikely that the whole cast could return.
It seems at this stage it would be a better job to just give the franchise back to Marvel anyway… but Kinberg does seem pretty determined.
In related news, Kinberg has been chatting about the in-production X-Force movie and he seems to think it should follow the Deadpool route rather than the X-Men one and make the movie an adults-only affair: “When there are films that want to be raunchier, want to be darker, want to be violent or R-rated, [Fox will] be open to it..
“And not every movie should be. I don’t think that the main X-Men movies should be R-rated; I don’t think they’re R-rated stories. But if we were to make an X-Force movie, that probably should be R-rated. And what we’re doing with the Wolverine movie… that wasn’t impacted by Deadpool. We’d made the decision for Wolverine to be R-rated before Deadpool came out. But I think there’s even more confidence about having made that decision now that you see that an R-rated Deadpool movie can do better than any X-Men movie’s ever done”.
Do you think X-Force should be R-Rated? Let us know you thoughts, folks.