Fox Pulls ‘Fantastic Four’ Sequel Off Its Release Schedule
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 3:06 pm
Don’t expect to see a sequel to Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four any time soon. The reboot was hit hard with reports of production problems ranging from disputes on the set, creative differences, destructive dogs, and controlling what could be said during the film’s press day. While Fox said they were focused on getting a sequel released with the potential to have a crossover with the X-Men film universe, the disastrous reviews from critic and fans alike showed that there was basically zero interest in seeing Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Michael B. Jordan continue on being Marvel’s first family – though it wasn’t really their fault.
Now there is a new report that says Fox has pulled the Fantastic Four sequel off its scheduled release. More on the story below.
The move was revealed when Box Office Mojo scrubbed the sequel’s June 9, 2017 release off it’s website. A sure indicator that the film was going to be put on an indefinite hold despite the studio not making any sort of announcement or confirmation. Again, just because the date has been pull doesn’t necessarily mean that the reboot is cancelled entirely. For all we know Teller, Mara, Bell, and Jordan are still signed on for sequels, and that the studio is now trying to figure out a way to salvage the franchise without rebooting it again. I’m sure no one really wants to sit through another superhero franchise reboot that’s so close to each other. Remember what happened to Spider-Man?
Months after Fantastic Four‘s release and flop, there was a rumor that Marvel was trying to secure the rights to Fantastic Four in exchange for the two X-Men TV shows. Of course Fox denied this. But it does beg the question, how much more time does Fox have with Fantastic Four before the deal expires. Remember, Fox let the rights to Daredevil go back to Marvel when they failed to release a movie before their rights to the property expired. The same goes for Fantastic Four. If Fox fails to release another Fantastic Four in a certain amount of time, their hold on the property will expire, and revert back to Marvel. Of course if that does happen, Marvel will be in a tight spot too as we would have seen Fantastic Four be rebooted twice in at least 15 years.
So what do you think should happen? Should Fox just let it go, or should they stick with the property? If they do, should they keep the current cast or should they just reboot it all over again?