Fox Set to Reboot FANTASTIC FOUR Franchise

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In the wake of Disney’s purchase of Marvel this morning, Fox is hurrying to reboot a Marvel property is still owns: “Fantastic Four”. The franchise is one of four Fox owns in perpetuity, irrespective of Disney’s $4 billion deal, including “X-Men,” “Daredevil,” and “Silver Surfer.” Thought details are scant on the new project, a few names have been dropped. Those, and why this could be a good thing after the jump.

comic_book_cover_fantastic_four_reed_richards_sue_invisible_woman_johnny_storm_human_torch_thing_ben_grimm.jpgVariety reports that “Hancock” and “I Am Legend” producer Akiva Goldsman has been hired to handle the project, and Michael Green, “Heroes” co-producer and “Green Lantern” co-writer, is set draft it. No director or actors have been named yet, but as a reboot, it is unlikely we’ll see Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, or Michael Chiklis return to the titular roles.

Now, if you ask me, I think the “Fantastic Four” property, much like the “Hulk” property before it, is perfectly ripe for a premature reboot. Granted, the industry usually likes to let a few more years pass before resuscitating a franchise, over a decade when possible, there are cases when an early reboot might just save a series.

Let’s look at the “Hulk” franchise again, for example. Though neither Ang Lee’s 2003 “Hulk” nor Louis Leterrier’s 2008 “The Incredible Hulk” recouped their budget domestically, according to Box Office Mojo, the latter made a much bigger splash internationally than the former, and is bound to do big business again with “The Avengers” crossover looming just ahead. There is absolutely no reason “Fantastic Four” can’t have the same sort of comeback. It just boils down to what names Fox ultimately attaches, which we will be sure to update you with as soon as the news breaks.




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  • Corey J

    The name they’ve already attached, Akiva Goldsman, has me convinced this will be horrible.
    The man responsible for Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, butchering Hancock and the horrible 2nd half of I Am Legend doesn’t exactly give me the confidence that the Marvel Universe’s first family are in good hands…
    Nah, I’ll take a pass on this and hope that the rights sometime revert back to Marvel Studios…

  • Corey J

    The name they’ve already attached, Akiva Goldsman, has me convinced this will be horrible.
    The man responsible for Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, butchering Hancock and the horrible 2nd half of I Am Legend doesn’t exactly give me the confidence that the Marvel Universe’s first family are in good hands…
    Nah, I’ll take a pass on this and hope that the rights sometime revert back to Marvel Studios…

  • tama-re

    I totally agree, Fox just doesn’t get it or is it that they really don’t care to. How many chances do they need to “get it right”. They need to just set up a distribution deal with Marvel & Disney and just let Marvel direct and produce all of their characters cause all Fox is gonna do is bury these characters deeper into the ground. Fox has proven that they don’t know what the hell they’re doing X-2 was the only comic movie that I would consider descent.

  • tama-re

    I totally agree, Fox just doesn’t get it or is it that they really don’t care to. How many chances do they need to “get it right”. They need to just set up a distribution deal with Marvel & Disney and just let Marvel direct and produce all of their characters cause all Fox is gonna do is bury these characters deeper into the ground. Fox has proven that they don’t know what the hell they’re doing X-2 was the only comic movie that I would consider descent.

  • tama-re

    I totally agree, Fox just doesn’t get it or is it that they really don’t care to. How many chances do they need to “get it right”. They need to just set up a distribution deal with Marvel & Disney and just let Marvel direct and produce all of their characters cause all Fox is gonna do is bury these characters deeper into the ground. Fox has proven that they don’t know what the hell they’re doing X-2 was the only comic movie that I would consider descent.

  • fearlessmontano

    1) we cant compare what marvel studios is doing to what fox does with there comic movies…the only reason that fox is making money off there movies is because there characters are well known…if they had captain america or say thor or even iron man i know without a doubt they would bomb the movie and would have to make a reboot…just like what they are doing fantastic four…and kind of xmen. they cant even keep there own xmen movie continuity in check…if marvel studios could get there hands on a well known character imagine what they would be able to do with it…
    2) we should all know by know that if it isnt done by marvel studios it isnt going to be done by the comics…not to say that it isnt going to be a good movie but judging by fox’s comic book movie track record they dont really appreciate the source material…

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