Last week, we learned that Josh Tran's Fantastic Four has been dubbed the second biggest flop of Summer 2015. Not only did the $120 million movie get absolutely thrashed by critics, but it's only managed to make $160 million worldwide. You'd think that this performance would put any kind of conversation about a sequel to bed, but that's clearly not the attitude behind the scenes at 20th Century Fox. Instead, they're still trying to make Fantastic Four 2 a thing.
MTV recently caught up with Fantastic Four writer/producer Simon Kinberg, and got some inside scoop-age regarding the feelings towards Marvel's First Family these days. Most of Kinberg's comments denote that he is (understandably) super bummed about the way Fantastic Four worked out, but added that there is still a potential future for Miles Teller's Reed Richards, Kate Mara's Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan's Johnny Storm, and Jamie Bell's Ben Grimm. He said simply about a sequel,
We’re figuring out what that movie would be. I’d like that to happen.
Obviously a long time is going to be spent reflecting on exactly what went wrong during the making of Fantastic Four - and the truth is that there will be a lot to point to. There are few films in the industry's history that came to theaters with more notable baggage, as there was constant controversy pouring out of the production. Still, Simon Kinberg finds himself defending the feature, saying,
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.
It's hard to imagine things managing to go even more wrong on the production of Fantastic Four 2 - but what will make the movie even harder to make than the first will just be the insane amount of pressure that will be on it (and that's saying quite a lot when you consider how much pressure was put on the first movie). Fox will only have an excuse for greenlighting the project if it winds up being spectacularly good - so good that it will make people forget about the predecessor. That's an extremely heavy burden for a production. Also, one can imagine them having one hell of a hard time trying to find the filmmaker willing to take on the gig (though I guess Tommy Wiseau has been reaching out).
Right now, Fox still has Fantastic Four 2 dated for release June 9, 2017. Hopefully we'll get an answer within the next few months regarding whether or not the movie will be made.