Fantastic Four is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. In Fantastic Four, the team must learn to harness abilities gained from an alternate universe to save Earth from a friend turned enemy.
Fantastic Four premiered in New York on August 4, 2015, and was released to the rest of the United States three days later. The film received negative reception from critics and audiences. At the box office, it underperformed, earning $56 million in North America and $164 million worldwide. A sequel is scheduled for a July 2017 release with Kinberg attached.
‘Fantastic Four’ Producer Reveals Reason For The Low Box Office Numbers? Says “Hard Movie To Make!”
Screenwriter and executive producer Simon Kinberg told the press that the movie was a difficult experience for him. “It was a hard movie to make.” He was not blaming the director or the cast of the “Fantastic Four” for its poor run on the box office, but however, he claims that there is no direct correlation between the process of making and the product, and he didn’t expect the movie to do as badly as it did at the box office.
“I haven’t really done a full diagnosis,” he declared to the press admitting that this movie was a hard one to make.Simon Kinberg has not yet analyzed why “Fantastic Four” did not work. He admits that to have worked on difficult projects before and knows completely that some big movies also fails sometimes no matter what, so it is absolutely okay if this movie didn’t do that well as they are looking forward to release the sequel in July ’17.
He also mentioned that sometimes hard movies do a good jobfor you and on contrary the easier one breaks your heart sometimes. He went on to imply that the process of creation may or may not be painful and doesn’t always yield rewards. He admitted to the fact that the cast could have been pushed to make a great Fantastic Four movie, but this wasn’t a bad product either.
There were so many elements that needed to come together for the movie and any one might have been the cause of failure. Movies, Kinberg said, are often collaborations of strangers and there are no guarantees that the movie will succeed in making its mark at the box office. “I haven’t had a lot of time to decompress. I’m obviously disappointed with the way it turned out,” Kinberg added.
Kinberg, while talking to the Hollywood reporter, admitted to having jumped into the “X-Men” project in a hurry after “Fantastic Four” was completed. This gave him no time to analyze the product’s failure, he told the press.
Simon Kinberg remembered that he had a similarly difficult time when he was filming Mr. and Mrs Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but the film had turned out to be okay. He declared that he needed to further analyze the results
Due to the Fantastic Four having a poor box office performance and negative reviews, Pamela McClintock of The Hollywood Reporter said that it “throws into question whether Fox will move ahead with a sequel”. Phil Hoad of The Guardian said it would “be interesting” to see if Fox proceeds with a sequel and if it keeps the “gritty-on-paper” tone.
If Fox did not produce a sequel, the film rights would revert to Marvel Studios. Despite the performance, 20th Century Fox plans to produce a sequel, with producer Simon Kinberg working on the sequel. Drew McWeeny of HitFix said that while a sequel may not be produced in time for the 2017 release date, Fox would likely attempt to salvage the franchise, working with Trank’s defined vision and adding adjustments to it Mara, however, stated that a sequel is unlikely, despite expressing interest in reprising her role as Susan Storm.