Fantastic Four has not fared well so far in the movie world. Marvel’s original first family, and Stan Lee’s favourite creation, has been developed twice by Fox who have the rights to the series and its characters. It would be fair to say that neither of these efforts has struck a chord with fans, in fact the latest offering in 2015 is frankly an awful film and has seemingly wrecked the career of director Josh Trank, losing him the Star Wars Boba Fett directing gig in the process (though to be fair, his behavior was also a big part of that loss).
For Fox to hold onto the rights of these characters they must make movies, no matter how bad they are it seems. Fan’s have long wished for them to allow the rights to revert back to Marvel/Disney in order for the characters, and villains, to be used within the MCU. One universal truth is that Dr. Doom is one of Marvel greatest villains, and yet Fox have so far shown a complete misunderstanding of the character they have the rights to.
It now seems like Fox are planning to dip their toes in the well again. Bleeding Cool has heard from sources that Fox are getting ready for another shot, but with a completely different approach this time.
The outlet says that Seth Grahame-Smith has been hired to write the screenplay. Smith already has some history with this franchise, as he scripted a pass at the most recent Fantastic Four movie before Josh Trank decided to write his own screenplay instead. The outlet also says they have been told the focus for this reboot will be more kid friendly in the vein of The Incredibles, which is interesting. Many people have commented that The Incredibles is actually the best Fantastic Four movie to be released as it captures the spirit of the comic books so well. Apparently this new take will focus on telling the story through the eyes of the children of Reed and Sue Richards, Franklin and Valeria Richards, but Human Torch and Thing will be present as well. We can only assume this also means a full recast, the cast of the latest effort are far too young for this scenario, and the tonal change would be too stark to buy for audiences. I also don’t think Fox would want any new movie to be associated with that disastrous effort.
If true, it’s an interesting approach to take, as long as it doesn’t get too campy, like the Chris Evans starring original attempts at cracking this franchise. Most importantly, can they finally deliver a Dr. Doom that lives up to the iconic status he earned in the comics? If it does not work out, Fox are free to give me a call as I have a really good outline for a Fantastic Four movie (I won’t hold my breath), and if they mess up this third attempt, then frankly, “It’s clobberin’ time.”
What do you guys think? Happy for them to take another shot, or do you just wish they’d give up and let Marvel have the characters back? Let us know in the comments down below.
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SOURCE: Bleeding Cool