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.
Variety 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.