AceShowbiz - Producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg explains what went wrong with "The Fantastic Four". According to Simon, the movie reboot starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell was too dark.
"I don't think that there is, in any movie that doesn't work, a single decision that is the reason that that movie doesn't work," Simon told Happy Sad Confused podcast, "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."
He added, "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'."
Simon reiterates his commitment to keeping the "Fantastic Four" alive with a sequel to the 2015 film. "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," he shared, "I would love to continue making movies with that cast."