8:18 am EST, September 15, 2015

‘Fantastic Four 2’ in the works at Fox, producer reminds us that ‘movies are hard’

Despite the failure of Fantastic Four, writer-producer Simon Kinberg is plowing ahead with the sequel.

This summer, the superhero movie industry was treated to a cautionary tale: sure, superheroes are in right now, but audiences aren’t always going to blindly accept whatever you throw at them.

As everyone knows by now, Fox’s attempt to reboot Fantastic Four failed epically, with inside sources blaming disputes between Fox and director Josh Trank for the incoherence of the final product.

However, long before Fantastic Four premiered, fans were predicting the movie’s flop: the 2005 version and its 2007 sequel didn’t exactly set a high standard, and some superhero stories just feel too bland for the big screen — even now, in Hollywood’s golden age of remakes.

Fantastic Four cartoon

But of course, Fox isn’t going to give up on its property just because of a tiny hiccup like a massively underperforming blockbuster. This is Hollywood!

MTV caught up with producer Simon Kinberg, who claims they’re still trying to work out how to do a sequel.

“We’re figuring out what [the sequel] would be,” he says. “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 … I’d like that to happen.”

Related: In the wake of Fantastic Four: Is the superhero movie a director’s or a studio’s medium?

As for the failure of the first one, “I was obviously disappointed. I was most disappointed that fans didn’t like it. I care more about them than I do anyone else,” Kinberg says. “But I haven’t done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don’t know. … It’s hard, when you’re making a movie, movies are hard to make. It’s just the reality.”

Well… good luck getting people to go see this one, Fox.

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