With the “comic book to movie” bar raised so far it’s orbiting Jupiter (thank you Dark Knight, Iron Man, and WATCHMEN), some of the previous comic catastrophes are getting a re-tooling. IESB dug deep into the steaming pile of movie news and yanked out this info:
“The two films previously released never really caught on with the fans and the studio is reportedly looking to completely retool, recast and recrew the franchise. This means no Tim Story, no Iaon, no Julian (thank the maker, he never sat well with me as Dr. Doom), no Chris, no Chiklis and no Jessica.
The first Fantastic Four in 2005 pulled in over $330 million worldwide and the second film, Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer, opened in 2007 with a total box office take of $290 million. Both made money and were commercial successes but the reviews were lackluster and the fan reaction was mediocre.
The franchise is looking to be “less bubble gum” this time round following the Iron Man template, which was a complete success in reviews and box office take but a bit darker when it came to its superhero. Iron Man was in no way as dark as The Dark Knight but was funny, action-y as well as a bit on the serious side.”
I do agree that watching both movies was like bathing a goat with huge balls, so giving them a once-over doesn’t sound all that terrible. I am a little miffed about IESB learning of another go at Planet of the Apes. Burton destroyed that film (even though it was truer to the book, I guess), and I don’t think my heart can handle another director taking one of my faves only to use it as a personal ball washer.