If at first you don't succeed, try again. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg seems to be taking this saying literally when it comes to continuing the "Fantastic Four" franchise and going forward with "Fantastic Four 2."
In an interview with MTV News, Kinberg said he wanted to move ahead with a sequel to his "Fantastic Four" film. He added that he was disappointed fans didn't like the film, but said he hasn't been able to dive into it because he's been busy with "The Martian" and "X-Men: Apocalypse."
"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," Kinberg dished.
"Fantastic Four" was released on Aug. 7 and currently has a 4 rating on IMDB and a nine percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The budget for the film was about $120 million and it only made over $52 million in the box office.
Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly in August he enjoyed working with the cast and that he was proud of the movie. “It’s not a disaster. It’s a good movie. I find 'Fantastic Four' a hard book to adapt," he said. "Figuring out the comedy and the drama and the powers themselves are hard to fit into a tone that is as grounded as we wanted to make it. But I’m happy with the way that it turned out."
The filming of "Fantastic Four" was surrounded by drama, and reviews for the film were very negative. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Josh Trank was erratic, at times isolated and did not offer clear direction during filming. “If you've got someone who can't answer questions or who isn't sure or is in hiding, that's not good,” a source told the outlet in May. Trank was supposed to direct the second Star Wars stand-alone film, but he has since walked away from the project citing personal reasons.
In a tweet from August, which has since been deleted but that Variety was able to capture, Trank said, “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
Kate Mara, who starred in the film as Sue Storm, told MTV News it's "unlikely" a sequel would happen, but she would play Storm again if given the opportunity. "I would love to play Sue Storm in a movie that everybody loves. That would be great,” Mara said.