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IESB and Ain't-It-Cool have unveiled a potentially unpleasant possibility. Will Fox be rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise?

The last two were bad beyond belief. Can Fox even be trusted to take a third stab? And in a post-Dark Knight world, will people show up?

Maybe it's because of my relatively young age (having grown up with a more cinematic, post-2002's Spiderman vision of what superheroes ought to be) but I have never had a good experience with this set of characters. My experience is limited to the previous two movies, and to the Fantastic 4's various guest appearances in other Marvel stuff that I read. They showed up out of nowhere in Jeph Loeb's Daredevil Yellow, and I also remember encountering them in the old Classic Spider-Man books.

Are they any major FF stories I have missed, before I write-off any hope of a good FF movie?

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Links to the threads on Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Are they any major FF stories I have missed, before I write-off any hope of a good FF movie?

If you're talking about the comics, I recommend checking out John Byrne's run as writer/artist in the 1980s. '81-'86 if I remember right. This is when I was hooked on the series as a teenager, and I've tried to pick it up periodically since then but IMO nobody else has come close to re-capturing the spirit of the Lee/Kirby original run (which I have read parts of in back-issues). The Byrne run is available in reprints as well as back issues.

I was unable to make myself watch the first two movies, but I hope a third one might be able to do it right. I've always had high hopes for a good filmed version of FF. I really hope someone will do it right someday.

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Trank rolling toward 'Fantastic Four'

In a major sign of confidence in his upcoming supervillain pic "Chronicle," helmer Josh Trank has emerged as the frontrunner to direct 20th Century Fox's reboot of Marvel's "Fantastic Four" franchise.

Trank has had several meetings regarding the project, but with his debut feature still three weeks away, insiders tell Variety that Fox is expected to wait to see how "Chronicle" opens over Super Bowl weekend before extending an official offer. Studio is also awaiting the latest draft of the script by Michael Green ("Green Lantern"). . . .

Though Marvel owns and finances properties like "Iron Man" and "Thor," Fox controls "Fantastic Four" in perpetuity -- as long as it continues making the films. Fox has the same arrangement on Marvel Comics properties "X-Men," "Daredevil" and "Silver Surfer." Marvel is a producer and financial participant through a licensing agreement. . . .

Variety, January 13

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Chronicle Director Comments on the Fantastic Four Rumor

"I know as much as you guys know. I'm totally serious. I know as much as you," he said. "I saw that leak online and I was like, 'Um, okay, I'm trying to finish Chronicle right now.' This is weird. There's nothing to say, 'Chronicle' is exactly the kind of superhero movie that I wanted to make and, going forward, I want to have some original ideas and different things I'm working on."

SuperHeroHype.com, January 27

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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'Fantastic Four' Reboot Ramps Up with Writer Jeremy Slater (Exclusive)

Fox is really hustling with its Fantastic Four reboot.

Just days after putting Chronicle director Josh Trank on the project, the studio is finalizing a deal to have Jeremy Slater write the script. . . .

Slater is an up-and-coming writer who has the horror spec Tape 4, centering around the mythology of writer H.P. Lovecraft, set up at Lionsgate with Primal Pictures producing.

He also wrote My Spy, a teen spy comedy spec that initially was set up at CBS Films but this week jumped to Universal with Jake Kasdan attached to direct and Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, July 13

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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IESB and Ain't-It-Cool have unveiled a potentially unpleasant possibility. Will Fox be rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise?

Not nearly as unpleasant as the possibility of a third movie in the same vein. As you noted, the first two were remarkable in their awfulness. Not since Joel Schumacher had we seen so thoroughly determined an effort by the captain to scuttle his own ship.

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Now being written by Seth Grahame-Smith, of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows fame. Edited by Peter T Chattaway

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Someone who follows local movie shoots is tweeting that this film will start shooting in Vancouver this September.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Remember, this is not the *first* reboot of the franchise. This is not the *second* film version of The Fantastic Four. There was another version, produced decades ago...

 

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Michael B. Jordan:

 

 

It’s not your typical superhero film, you know, we aren’t looking at this as like, being superheroes. We’re more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards – try to be as normal as we can.

It's the side effects that save us.
--The National, "Graceless"
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Rumours not good.

 

Note also that the film is supposed to open in six months and change, and it still has no trailer, not even a teaser.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Josh Trank recently cited David Cronenberg (ala The Fly and Scanners) as the dominant influence on this film, which is such a weird route to go for a Fantastic 4 film.

 

It certainly is weird.  But it might make for a much better film than the first one.  This might make for a new superhero film that I can actually get jazzed about.

 

FWIW.  I can surely see those influences in the trailer.  

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Josh Trank recently cited David Cronenberg (ala The Fly and Scanners) as the dominant influence on this film, which is such a weird route to go for a Fantastic 4 film.

 

It certainly is weird.  But it might make for a much better film than the first one.  This might make for a new superhero film that I can actually get jazzed about.

 

FWIW.  I can surely see those influences in the trailer.  

 

 

It feels very Man of Steel to me. Which, y'know, isn't all bad--I do like the first half of MoS quite a bit. But I worry that--like MoS--this might be a case of a really good teaser forecasting a pretty meh film.

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Hmm.  Yeah I can see some similarities to Man of Steel in the trailer.  I liked the first half of Man of Steel as well, the later part, not so much.

 

My reservation with this film is that I can only expect its going to be geared towards teens.  Not sure how that'll work with a Cronenberg inluence?

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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