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

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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  • mike

    by the way i just want to say i never talk on these things but i need to get this off my chest people bash the ff movies or ghost rider for maybe changing some things or choice parts of the movie but if that made these movies bad why was origins so popular i personally was let down by the story not following any kind of past story (SABERTOOTH IS NOT HIS BROTHER) and the special evects (logan fighting gambit cutting up the staircase just corny) and (WHY WAS THAT EVEN AN IDEA FOR DEADPOOLS CHARACTER) ok sorry if you liked the movie im just saying if these things are OVERLOOKED as holding that movie down then there should be nothing to say about the ff movies including galactus as a cloud (AT LEAST THEY COULD STILL FIX THAT AND SAY YOU JUST COULDNT SEE HIM IN THE CLOUD) sorry for the rant thanks for reading it

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

      Here Here! Though the Sabretooth being his brother thing I really liked as they have been back and forth on the brother/father thing forever, and I thought them saying “fuck it this is the movie-verse, he’s his brother” was ballsy. And it illustrated the whole idea that Logan isn’t as far removed from Creed as he’d like to think. Also REALLY loved Liev Shrieber as Creed. the effects were meh, but that fight between Gambit and Logan wasn’t THAT bad (Cept for the part you mentioned). And finally Barakapool *Sighs* ANYWAY this is about FF! I whole heartedly agrere that everything from a comic may not transfer well. I do believe other than Cage’s over the top acting mot people’s issue with Ghost Rider was the lack of cool villains, and it’s half assed plot. I just thought it looked good, and actually liked Cage’s “Elvis meets Eivil Kneivel” portrayal. SAme with FF. I didn’t mind the Galactus as a cloud (actually GIANT PLANET EATING TORNADO!!) and yes I do choose to believe he was within as we briefly see his silouhete. It also shows he’s not a villain, he’s a FORCE OF NATURE!!!!! He devours planets because he HAS to. I agree it doesn’t need a reboot, because when they do it’s gonna be all “woe is me, angsty” like everything else Marvel puts out. I liked that it was more upbeat. I do however think that the cast though rather decent could use a bit of an injection from a new Dr. Doom, or at least play him closer to type and not have him take the mask off (Copout healing him with the power cosmic). Chicklis and Evans ar3e my favorites in the series as they really embody the characters. Alba was ok I guess, and Grofuld just needed to be a little more forward and show better leadership. Thats all on the writers though.

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

        Sorry about the typos, and I realized what it was about McMahon, Alba and Grufold, as stated above. They didn’t seem to go all the way like Chicklis and Evans. In the comics Mr. Fantastic is scatterbrained in his genius yes. But at the same time when in battle or on a mission he’s completely in control and in charge. Alba just seemed to whiney, and that just ain’t Sue. She’s a rock, and the glue of the team keeping everybody together when they’d fly apart at the seems. And McMahon, well he’s got the ego down, but none of the menace or threat.

  • mike

    by the way i just want to say i never talk on these things but i need to get this off my chest people bash the ff movies or ghost rider for maybe changing some things or choice parts of the movie but if that made these movies bad why was origins so popular i personally was let down by the story not following any kind of past story (SABERTOOTH IS NOT HIS BROTHER) and the special evects (logan fighting gambit cutting up the staircase just corny) and (WHY WAS THAT EVEN AN IDEA FOR DEADPOOLS CHARACTER) ok sorry if you liked the movie im just saying if these things are OVERLOOKED as holding that movie down then there should be nothing to say about the ff movies including galactus as a cloud (AT LEAST THEY COULD STILL FIX THAT AND SAY YOU JUST COULDNT SEE HIM IN THE CLOUD) sorry for the rant thanks for reading it

    • Dedpool

      Here Here! Though the Sabretooth being his brother thing I really liked as they have been back and forth on the brother/father thing forever, and I thought them saying “fuck it this is the movie-verse, he’s his brother” was ballsy. And it illustrated the whole idea that Logan isn’t as far removed from Creed as he’d like to think. Also REALLY loved Liev Shrieber as Creed. the effects were meh, but that fight between Gambit and Logan wasn’t THAT bad (Cept for the part you mentioned). And finally Barakapool *Sighs* ANYWAY this is about FF! I whole heartedly agrere that everything from a comic may not transfer well. I do believe other than Cage’s over the top acting mot people’s issue with Ghost Rider was the lack of cool villains, and it’s half assed plot. I just thought it looked good, and actually liked Cage’s “Elvis meets Eivil Kneivel” portrayal. SAme with FF. I didn’t mind the Galactus as a cloud (actually GIANT PLANET EATING TORNADO!!) and yes I do choose to believe he was within as we briefly see his silouhete. It also shows he’s not a villain, he’s a FORCE OF NATURE!!!!! He devours planets because he HAS to. I agree it doesn’t need a reboot, because when they do it’s gonna be all “woe is me, angsty” like everything else Marvel puts out. I liked that it was more upbeat. I do however think that the cast though rather decent could use a bit of an injection from a new Dr. Doom, or at least play him closer to type and not have him take the mask off (Copout healing him with the power cosmic). Chicklis and Evans ar3e my favorites in the series as they really embody the characters. Alba was ok I guess, and Grofuld just needed to be a little more forward and show better leadership. Thats all on the writers though.

      • Dedpool

        Sorry about the typos, and I realized what it was about McMahon, Alba and Grufold, as stated above. They didn’t seem to go all the way like Chicklis and Evans. In the comics Mr. Fantastic is scatterbrained in his genius yes. But at the same time when in battle or on a mission he’s completely in control and in charge. Alba just seemed to whiney, and that just ain’t Sue. She’s a rock, and the glue of the team keeping everybody together when they’d fly apart at the seems. And McMahon, well he’s got the ego down, but none of the menace or threat.

  • Aasimar

    I am not a blogger per se. I am just a fan who was looking for information and stumbled upon this blog page. But I have to say that if Xino thinks the Fantastic Four are not even famous comic book heroes then he or she must have been born in the late 80′s. The Fantastic Four has always been one of Marvel’s flagship franchises, The Fantastic Four, X Men, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk & Spider Man. And the Fantastic Four has had 2 cartoon series’ which I suspect may be before Xino’s time. Perhaps “real” bloggers should do their homework.

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

      I can’t beleive I missed that. Xino, Xino, Xino. Your one of my constant conversationalists, but I’m sorry I have to agree with Aasimar. FF may not be a household name for alot fo people but the brand, symbol, are known all over the world. It had a wanign period to be sure, and has never been back on top as it was inits hey day of the late 60′s/early 70′s but it is major corner stone of the Marvel company. They’ve had two recent cartoons in he 90′s and again after the first movie. And Dusney/Pixar’s “Incredibles” borrowed heavily from the premise. To say FF does not rank among famous heroes is a bit much. To say they aren’t as popular as others is a fact however. But they have been a consistant part of Marvel for over 60 years.

  • Aasimar

    I am not a blogger per se. I am just a fan who was looking for information and stumbled upon this blog page. But I have to say that if Xino thinks the Fantastic Four are not even famous comic book heroes then he or she must have been born in the late 80′s. The Fantastic Four has always been one of Marvel’s flagship franchises, The Fantastic Four, X Men, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk & Spider Man. And the Fantastic Four has had 2 cartoon series’ which I suspect may be before Xino’s time. Perhaps “real” bloggers should do their homework.

    • Dedpool

      I can’t beleive I missed that. Xino, Xino, Xino. Your one of my constant conversationalists, but I’m sorry I have to agree with Aasimar. FF may not be a household name for alot fo people but the brand, symbol, are known all over the world. It had a wanign period to be sure, and has never been back on top as it was inits hey day of the late 60′s/early 70′s but it is major corner stone of the Marvel company. They’ve had two recent cartoons in he 90′s and again after the first movie. And Dusney/Pixar’s “Incredibles” borrowed heavily from the premise. To say FF does not rank among famous heroes is a bit much. To say they aren’t as popular as others is a fact however. But they have been a consistant part of Marvel for over 60 years.

  • Kelly

    The first Fanastic Four movie was cool, the second one was a fail.
    Im hopin it doesn’t turn out like spider men series, and that if they do make the third Fantastic Four please make it good or just DON’T MAKE IT.

  • Kelly

    The first Fanastic Four movie was cool, the second one was a fail.
    Im hopin it doesn’t turn out like spider men series, and that if they do make the third Fantastic Four please make it good or just DON’T MAKE IT.

  • billy

    the FF movies blew. i watched electra more than FF. the charcters were all shallow and jerkie. you can tell the writers and director were liberals shallow people. The story was horrible. What arrogant posh people so removed from integrity that they actually thought reinventing doctor doom into the fifth fantastic cosmic ray buffoon would work. and the silver surfer was a jerk too. the whole movie was so shallow and stupid. those are people you don’t want to be with.

  • billy

    the FF movies blew. i watched electra more than FF. the charcters were all shallow and jerkie. you can tell the writers and director were liberals shallow people. The story was horrible. What arrogant posh people so removed from integrity that they actually thought reinventing doctor doom into the fifth fantastic cosmic ray buffoon would work. and the silver surfer was a jerk too. the whole movie was so shallow and stupid. those are people you don’t want to be with.

  • Dilebird

    The FF series was awseome and i think that they should make a third movie. i actually did like the cast however i do agree that mcmahon (doom) needed to be a little bit more of a villian, but i thought he was still good as doom. but the rest of the cast was excellent especially Evans and Chiklis i think the FF series had great casting and to reboot it would be such a dumbass idea (same w/ Spiderman reboot) but a third movie would be so cool but add a little bit more action. the FF series was awesome. Oh yeah and to the people who posted negative comments……………….. GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dilebird

    The FF series was awseome and i think that they should make a third movie. i actually did like the cast however i do agree that mcmahon (doom) needed to be a little bit more of a villian, but i thought he was still good as doom. but the rest of the cast was excellent especially Evans and Chiklis i think the FF series had great casting and to reboot it would be such a dumbass idea (same w/ Spiderman reboot) but a third movie would be so cool but add a little bit more action. the FF series was awesome. Oh yeah and to the people who posted negative comments……………….. GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!