That Fantastic Four Reboot is Now More Than a Crazy Rumor…

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Crazy rumor of the day, or craaaaaaazy rumor of the day? Either way you slice it, it looks like Fox really does have every intention of rebooting the barely four-years old “Fantastic Four” franchise. (We first reported on that here, oh, about half a year ago courtesy of the site IESB.) Now Variety confirms that Akiva Goldsman (“I am Legend”, Fox’s TV property Fringe) has been hired by the studio to oversea the relaunch.

Also according to the trade, Michael Green, who recently co-penned the Martin Campbell-directed and Ryan Reynolds-starring “Green Lantern” movie has been brought on to write the new “Fantastic Four” movie. Fox is also still intent on making a solo movie based on the Silver Surfer, which looked like it was ready to go until, well, it wasn’t anymore. The Surfer was a major character from the second movie from two years ago, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, and was voiced (in a bit of awful casting, IMO) by Morpheus from “The Matrix”.

The first two movies were written and directed by Tim Story, and starred Ioan Gruffud, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis as the fearsome foursome, who developed cosmic-based powers after a trip into outer space. This is, as you’ll recall, the franchise that tried to convince you Jessica Alba was capable of playing a brilliant scientist. Ahem. There’s no word on whether any of the four actors, or director Story will return for the reboot, though I suppose if this is a complete reboot, it wouldn’t make sense to hang onto the cast.

So you may be wondering: why reboot a franchise that’s only four years old? You would think the less than stellar success of “The Incredible Hulk”, despite nearly unanimous fan condemnation of the first movie by Ang Lee and great enthusiasm for the reboot, would convince Fox it’s not necessarily a good idea to reboot everything. Then again, I’m sure the Fox people, like all short-sighted Hollywood suits, are still too mesmerized by the success of the “Batman” reboot to care.

Man, that was a great sequel. I can't wait for the next one!

Man, that was a great sequel. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Okay I liked the FF flicks. They weren’t great by far, but they weren’t horrible. I was never happy with three of the main cast memebers though. Alba, Mcmahon (Doom), and Grufold (Mr. Fantastic), just never worked for me. I don’t know what it was but they never felt right. Chris EVans and Michael Chiklis on the other hand were perfect in their roles. I loved Chicklis as Ben Grimm, he was perfect. Funloving but serious at the same time. And let’s not start on Evans. Pefect Johnny Storm. Cocky, and by the second movie you really see where his heart is and how much the group really means to him. I rather liked Larence Fishburne as the voice, as I always had Silver Surfer’s voice closer to what Billy Cruddup sounded like in Watchmen as Dr. Manhattan, and yet Fishburne gave it a presence I think it needed to command some kind of respect and awe. I really wasn’t impressed with Galactus as a giant planet eating tornado and I like to believe the outline within the clud that resembles his comicbook helmet is really him within the cloud. That said, a 70ft tall purple skirt and helmet wearing dude in NYC wouldn’t have looked good either. Anyway Reboot with EVans and Chicklis, throw in Rufus Sewel as Doom and I’m good.

  • Dedpool

    Okay I liked the FF flicks. They weren’t great by far, but they weren’t horrible. I was never happy with three of the main cast memebers though. Alba, Mcmahon (Doom), and Grufold (Mr. Fantastic), just never worked for me. I don’t know what it was but they never felt right. Chris EVans and Michael Chiklis on the other hand were perfect in their roles. I loved Chicklis as Ben Grimm, he was perfect. Funloving but serious at the same time. And let’s not start on Evans. Pefect Johnny Storm. Cocky, and by the second movie you really see where his heart is and how much the group really means to him. I rather liked Larence Fishburne as the voice, as I always had Silver Surfer’s voice closer to what Billy Cruddup sounded like in Watchmen as Dr. Manhattan, and yet Fishburne gave it a presence I think it needed to command some kind of respect and awe. I really wasn’t impressed with Galactus as a giant planet eating tornado and I like to believe the outline within the clud that resembles his comicbook helmet is really him within the cloud. That said, a 70ft tall purple skirt and helmet wearing dude in NYC wouldn’t have looked good either. Anyway Reboot with EVans and Chicklis, throw in Rufus Sewel as Doom and I’m good.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    the movies were not bad nor awesome, just good or should I say decent. In fact Fantastic Four do not even rank among famous comic heroes, it’s just that they are marvel characters. Although Marvel are always trying to include them in every media so they are not forgotten.

    The really farked up the second movie, I mean Galatous!? a mist of cloud. I myself isn’t a fan of Silver Surfer, some trash man who rides on hover board travelling from planet to planet…oh please:/

    I actually love Hulk movie, Incredible Hulk was a complete pile of sh*.

    Making a Fantastic Four reboot is a waste of money

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    the movies were not bad nor awesome, just good or should I say decent. In fact Fantastic Four do not even rank among famous comic heroes, it’s just that they are marvel characters. Although Marvel are always trying to include them in every media so they are not forgotten.

    The really farked up the second movie, I mean Galatous!? a mist of cloud. I myself isn’t a fan of Silver Surfer, some trash man who rides on hover board travelling from planet to planet…oh please:/

    I actually love Hulk movie, Incredible Hulk was a complete pile of sh*.

    Making a Fantastic Four reboot is a waste of money

  • The Beyonder

    Why make the cast suffer because of a crappy script of the second movie? All the cast: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, and even Julian McMahon are perfect for those roles. If anyone is to blame, its the script writer and directors. Just get a better script and do a better job for the third movie and then wait ten years. If by 2020, they want to do a reboot then, I’ll be fine with it. The Hulk, the Punisher, even Daredevil, I could understand rebooting, but F4 after just 2 years? Those hollywood people are nuts!

    PS. Jessica is my girl! I love her!

  • The Beyonder

    Why make the cast suffer because of a crappy script of the second movie? All the cast: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, and even Julian McMahon are perfect for those roles. If anyone is to blame, its the script writer and directors. Just get a better script and do a better job for the third movie and then wait ten years. If by 2020, they want to do a reboot then, I’ll be fine with it. The Hulk, the Punisher, even Daredevil, I could understand rebooting, but F4 after just 2 years? Those hollywood people are nuts!

    PS. Jessica is my girl! I love her!

  • Steve

    I would love to see FF 3 or 4 or more. The cast is fine. I agree that Chiklis and Evans are great and I think the others OK. I do not want to see a remake of FF1 or FF2 – let us move forward.

  • Steve

    I would love to see FF 3 or 4 or more. The cast is fine. I agree that Chiklis and Evans are great and I think the others OK. I do not want to see a remake of FF1 or FF2 – let us move forward.

  • mike

    I thought both movies were pretty good the actors are good and they all seem to want to keep and respect the roles there is no need for a remake at all just make a 3rd movie and make it cool

    • BigR2

      The Thing and The Hulk in a classic battle, straight from the comics in the 70’s. Awesome!!

  • mike

    I thought both movies were pretty good the actors are good and they all seem to want to keep and respect the roles there is no need for a remake at all just make a 3rd movie and make it cool