Not even 24 hours after Disney officially purchased Marvel Entertainment, 20th Century Fox let the world know that they're not giving up The Fantastic Four anytime soon – announcing plans to reboot the franchise with Akiva Goldsman as a producer. While the first two Fantastic Four films made some good money at the box office (the last installment made upwards of $300 million worldwide), critical reaction was poor and fan consensus was that they wanted something a little darker and less kid-friendly. In other words, something like Iron Man or The Dark Knight – a film that kicks ass and takes names later.
'Fantastic Four' Being Rebooted
As we talked about yesterday in our Marvel/Disney post, 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to some Marvel properties, like Fantastic Four, X-Men, Silver Surfer and Daredevil, and they can keep those rights so long as they keep making movies. There's no word on whether Fox will reboot Fantastic Four as an origin story with an entirely new cast, or just pick up from where the last one left off. We do know, though, that Michael Green (Heroes, Green Lantern) has been brought on to write the script. In the first two films, Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis starred as the Fantastic Four. They are not currently signed on to reprise their roles, and, as Variety points out, it's unclear if any of them will be back.
What do you want out of a Fantastic Four sequel? Should the original cast return, or should they replace them with a bunch of newbies?
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Erik is a leading movie commentator who has worked for outlets such as AOL Moviefone and Movies.com.