Simon Kinberg is currently busy doing the promotion rounds for The Martian but that’s not the only film he had come out this year. The writer and producer was also heavily involved in this year’s Fantastic Four but that one didn’t fare as well with critics or audiences. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the film and talk about exactly why the film crashed and burned. Kinberg weighed in with his thoughts.
“I haven’t really done a full diagnosis. 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. It’s like a collaboration between all these strangers. And if there’s a few things that don’t go right, it’s hard to recover from. I went straight from that into Apocalypse. I haven’t had a lot of time to decompress. I’m obviously disappointed with the way it turned out.”
When asked about director Josh Trank’s damning tweet regarding the final product and if he believed that it hurt the film’s box office, Simon Kinberg had the following to say on the matter.
“Honestly, I have no idea. I’ve had other movies not work before. 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.”
However, regardless of that tweet it seems Simon Kinberg isn’t holding any kind of grudge and admits he’d work with Trank again in “the right context”. There’s been plenty of talk about whether or not Fox would bring in Marvel to help with the franchise similar to what Sony did with Spider-Man but to his knowledge there’s currently no talk about that happening.
Simon Kinberg is also heavily involved in Fox’s X-Men films and is a producer on the upcoming Deadpool, Gambit & X-Men: Apocalypse. So, what are the long term plans for Fox’s mutant properties?
“We want to keep making them. Obviously, part of what we’re doing now is stand-alone movies with new characters. So we have the Deadpool movie [Feb. 12], we’re doing a Gambit movie [seeking a director]. We’re doing another Wolverine. And then we have the mainline X-Men movies with Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Beast that we started with First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse. I would love to keep making movies with that cast. It’s almost like the way the Star Wars movies now are. The Episodes are the mainline movies, and then you have the stand-alone movies. The X-Men flagship is [Michael] Fassbender, [James] McAvoy, Jen [Lawrence] and Nick Hoult, and then we have the stand-alone movies.”
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theaters May 27, 2016.