Kinberg On "Fantastic Four" Failure: "There Is A Great Movie With That Cast"

Despite the film's famous box office implosion, writer/producer Simon Kinberg insists that "there is a great 'Fantastic Four' movie [to be made] with that cast."

Kinberg, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, says he's still unsure what happened to result in "FF's" poor box office performance, saying "It was a hard movie to make, but I've made a lot of hard movies. I do think that there is a great 'Fantastic Four' movie with that cast. But there's so many different elements that need to come together perfectly."

"Honestly, I have no idea [why the movie didn't come together well]. I've had other movies not work before," Kinberg said of the movie's famous failure, both critically and financially. "For whatever reason, that movie not working became very public - and that was hard because you put a lot of time and effort and love into everything you do, and I really love a lot of people on that film and felt really close to the actors. Those are the guys whose faces are on the poster and are the most exposed. I hope we get to make more movies with them. But it was disappointing."

Asked about director Josh Trank's public condemnation of the movie's final cut on the eve of its release, Kinberg said he remains unsure whether that affected the film's box office performance. He also said he wouldn't rule out working again with Trank, "in the right context."

As for whether there have been talks between 20th Century Fox, who hold the rights to make Fantastic Four movies, and Marvel Studios a la the deal with Sony Pictures and Spider-Man that allowed the Marvel Comics icon to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kinberg simply said such an offer has not been made "to my knowledge."

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