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I was right on the money as far as Terminator: Genisys goes. Currently it's chugging along, though when all is said and done a sequel is unlikely (especially considering that it cost somewhere in the ballpark of $155 million to produce, while having earned just over $174 million so far–most of that overseas, which has saved the movie from being a box office embarrassment, though by no means profitable).

The next not-so-bright spot? Josh Trank's Fantastic Four.

For starters, the movie was rushed into theaters because the rights would have reverted back to Marvel otherwise.

Which is likely to have had something to do with all the drama revolving around the movie, which supposedly caused Trank to lose the stand-alone Star Wars feature he would've worked on after completing it.

In the end, he finished the movie (or did he? It's been confirmed that Matthew Vaughan (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) was called in to re-shoot certain sequences). Now it's not unusual in and of itself for another director to come in to lend a hand. After all, Wachowskis' did exactly that for Oliver Hirschbiegel's 2007 movie, The Invasion.

Though typically when it happens, including that situation, it tends to imply a loss of faith in the director by the studio.

The most recent problem revolving around Fantastic Four had to do with 3D conversion–which more often than not is a money grab by studios in that it adds little to the movie going experience, for more money. That being said, I think that it tends to elevate moviegoing, rightly or wrongly, to an event–and Josh Trank not wanting it to happen because he filmed the movie in 2D, and to post convert it would be creatively the wrong way to go.

That is total nonsense because what director, who's last name isn't Cameron, Scorsese or Nolan, can dictate whether or not they want their movies converted into 3D or not?

And on a new director's first studio film? Highly unlikely.

Besides, 2012's Wrath Of The Titans had a pretty atrocious conversion, and enough people went to see that there was talk about a sequel.

And while I wouldn't mind it if the Fantastic Four failed at the box office–which has more to do with the fact that I would like to see the characters back at Marvel Studios–though I would have preferred it to have happened on its own merits, as opposed to the movie being held together with duct tape and good intentions.


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