You may have already heard, but Fox's rebooted Fantastic Four just bombed at the Box Office and it lead many of us to believe that this new start to the franchise was probably the end, but apparently not. Fox has released an official statement about the situation:
While we're disappointed, we remain committed to these characters and we have a lot to look forward to in our Marvel universe.
Fantastic Four should have been a $50 Million movie on it's opening weekend but really disappointed the studio when it only raked in $26.2 Million. Surely both this and the terribly negative reviews for the film should give Fox the message that as a collective, we're not that interested in seeing their spin on the Fantastic Four. I have no doubt that the numbers would have been higher if the film was actually good and received positive reviews but I still doubt it would have hit the $50 Million mark even if the film was better.
Fantastic Four 2 is slated for a Summer 2017 release, god knows whether or not that date will stick. The studio will most likely have to find a new director to carry on the series as Josh Trank has openly expressed his disappointment in how the film turned out due to Fox's involvement.
The cast are most likely contracted to appear in more films yet during their press tour, none of them seem overly enthusiastic with their film.
There were plans over at Fox to bring together the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, their more successful superhero franchise. The other day we learned that the studio was leaning away from that possibility, most likely due to the negative reaction to the Fantastic Four, they probably thought it would be best not to taint their big money maker by crossing it over with such a disappointment. Here's the statement they gave out:
They exist in parallel universes. The Fantastic 4 live in a world without mutants. And the X-Men live in a world without the Fantastic 4. Crossing them over would be challenging, but we sure would love to see all those actors together, the way we had them on stage at [San Diego] Comic Con.
Fantastic Four was made purely so that Fox could maintain the rights to the property, if a film isn't put into production within a certain time frame, the rights revert back to Marvel studios. Many of us hoped that Fantastic Four's failure would mean we're one step closer to Marvel finally getting their hands on the property but Fox is still committed to making this into another big franchise for them, whether that be with an X-Men crossover or with more sequels, only time will tell.
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