Monday, March 9, 2009


According to IESB, a Fantastic Four reboot is in development at 20th Century Fox.
With Daredevil already getting the once over and Planet of the Apes also in the running for a new start with a prequel in the works Fantastic Four is joining the reboot gang.

The two films previously released never really caught on with the fans and the studio is reportedly looking to completely retool, recast and recrew the franchise. This means no Tim Story, no Iaon, no Julian (thank the maker, he never sat well with me as Dr. Doom), no Chris, no Chiklis and no Jessica.

The first Fantastic Four in 2005 pulled in over $330 million worldwide and the second film, Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer, opened in 2007 with a total box office take of $290 million. Both made money and were commercial successes but the reviews were lackluster and the fan reaction was mediocre.

The franchise is looking to be "less bubble gum" this time round following the Iron Man template, which was a complete success in reviews and box office take but a bit darker when it came to its superhero. Iron Man was in no way as dark as The Dark Knight but was funny, action-y as well as a bit on the serious side.
The Fantastic Four movies always suffered from bad casting, so a new cast would be the first step in the right direction. Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd had no on-screen chemistry whatsoever.

And anything would be better than the sequel, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Remember Reed Richards dancing at his bachelor party? How about the in-your-face Dodge product placement, the cheap special effects, horrible script and poor acting? Yeah, I'm still trying to wipe the memory of that film out of my mind.

1 comment:

Keith said...

I didn't care for the first two Fantastic Four movies at all. I really don't know anybody who did. I'm glad to see it get the reboot. This time hopefully they do the project right.

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