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Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Nabs A Writer!!

The Kidd here...

Fresh off the news that Josh Trank has officially been giving the job of rebooting the FANTASTIC FOUR reboot for 20th Century Fox, Jeremy Slater has now been handed the task of writing the script that helps us forget Tim Story's vision for Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Slater, off the strength of his spec script TAPE 4 about the mythology of H.P. Lovecraft, which Lionsgate picked up, and the teen spy comedy MY SPY, which Jake Kasdan is now lined up to direct over at Universal, managed to land the tough job of making the Fantastic Four relevant again. 

Perhaps a new writer is exactly what this project needs, especially if he's got a passion for the characters and the material. Recycling the same old hacks is really no way to reboot a franchise that's in need of a really fresh start. I'll be most curious to see if the origin story of the Four is told once again... we don't need it every time there's a restart, but, with so many people who checked out here after FANTASTIC FOUR, a new take on it may serve the reboot well.


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • July 13, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Reboot Central for the next 10 years

    by Franck

    I am sorry for this generation of moviegoers. Sad.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Oh, and First.

    by Franck

  • July 13, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by SayNoToRemakes

    And I dont care...

  • July 13, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Ok dream casting

    by eric haislar

    George Clooney as Mr. Fantastic.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    This is one title I can support the reboot of!

    by el-guappo

    Please be better than the first one.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    saynotoremakes I know it hurts a bit

    by Franck

    But it's really no big deal.

  • Marvel and Fox should make a deal.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    crowdsource the script

    by Jubba

    let fans agree on the story and writing before filming starts....then there's no reason for them to complain when the movie comes out. try it!

  • July 13, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by Righteous Brother

    He's got to be at the top of the list. Perfect!

  • July 13, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Making the FF relevant?

    by jemagee

    How hard can that be - honestly - jesus - the fantastic four are the core of the marvel universe - they were the beginning - all it requires to be relevant is a talented writer who KNOWS the material and a dedication to hiring TALENTED actors...Dr Doom is a believable megalomaniac, there's metaphors galore in their for tyranical dictators gone nuts Of course, it won't happen - but making the FF relevant is super easy for smart people

  • And it's very unlikely.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by SayNoToRemakes

    WTF was that?? I mean not that I care but .....really WTF :P

  • July 13, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Liam Neeson as Mr. Fantastic.

    by Royston Lodge

  • July 13, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Will we finally get a proper Galactus/Silver Surfer...

    by SayNoToRemakes

    ...back story?? That last iteration was a complete abortion...

  • July 13, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    How to tie it to the MCU without REALLY tying it to the MCU.

    by Royston Lodge

    Just like Amazing Spider-Man sorta hints at the Super Soldier program, without actually saying it, so could a FF movie.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Doom deserves to be done right.

    by dannotech

    He's one of marvel's most iconic villians. His voice alone should make you crap your pants. The guy from Nip-Tuck? A sniveling preppy? Please. Fix it.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Everybody picks on Corman's 1994 thing.

    by Mickster_Island

    But I love it. Its strengths that I think most geeks would agree on: The cast; The sense of whimsy The cast is mostly good, but Sue is just gorgeous and totally sells the girl-next-door-turned-into-a-superhero thing. And the movie is super-hokey, but in a whimsical, winking kind of way.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Liam Neeson as Dr Doom!

    by edge54752

  • July 13, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    YAY! Now, for the dream cast:

    by Negator76

    Reed Richards: Guy Pearce or Jon Hamm Sue Storm: Elizabeth Banks or Naomi Watts Johnny Storm: Aaron Paul Ben Grimm: Joel Edgerton or Dominic Lombardozzi Victor Von Doom: Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) or VIGGO MORTENSEN. Ideally, I would've cast Michael Fassbender, but he's otherwise occupied :)

  • July 13, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Liam Neeson as Dr Doom!

    by dannotech

    Good one. I was thinking Gerard Butler, either as Doom, or R.R.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Javier Bardem as Victor Von Doom

    by ass clown

    Tom Hardy as Ben Grimm, Gina Carano as Susan Storm, Michael Fassbender as Reed Richards, and Taylor Klitsch as Johnny Storm.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Doom was better in the Second Movie

    by cookylamoo

    As a movie version of FF 57-60 (Doomsday) FF 2 was actually pretty good. The nightmarish quality of Doom riding the Surfer's board worked for me. It's only if you look at the film as an adaptation of FF 48-50 (The Coming of Galactus) that it falls short due to the big G being a no show.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Liam Neeson maybe for Doom...

    by Negator76

    ...but after Batman, I doubt they'd cast him. And please keep that charisma-free douche Gerard Butler away from my beloved FF.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Doom's in the mask the whole time right? So we only hear his voice?

    by Mickster_Island

    Benedict Cumberbatch Jeremy Irons Alan Rickman Either one. Or all three mixed together.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks Movie-goers, Thanks Amazing Spider Man

    by donkey_lasher

    You gave Hollywood a reason to eat itself.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Max Landis...

    by VinnyMac666

    Should be writing this. The two produced an awesome flick together with Chronicle and Landis KNOWS his comics. Furthermore, go big or go home. Learn from Avengers. Big time sci-fi superhero epic.

  • That was a good movie. If you havent seen it, find it on the web. Amazing story, acting, and special effects

  • July 13, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    You think any well known actor/actress will touch this?

    by donkey_lasher

    Blue spandex and a CGI Thing. I can't wait to see the geek rage on here.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    this must must

    by walt

    one thing for sony to drive spidey into the ground and never give up rights...spidey's adversaries are not cornerstones of the marvel universe ff's are kirby created the most insane bad and good guys to populate the ff comics...and they were used everywhere look what happened to avengers without the skrull was really hoping they would hire seth grahame smith..cuz he is so scary talented

  • July 13, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    interesting....slater's old blog has a link to this site

    by walt

    and chud jeremy...are you there???? write a piece of shit script....ty

  • July 13, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Will not support an FF reboot...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...till the property returns to Marvel...period.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Focus on Doom

    by dannotech

    If I were writing it I would start with Doom's childhood, college days with R.R. and on from there. Essentially you could have up to three actors playing him. He's a tragic figure, his journey into what he becomes could be an awesome movie in its own. Hell they should just do a Doom movie and include the F.F. halfway through.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    ya...make it a doom centric movie

    by walt

    has fail written all over it.... make it so cuz that is....THE FUCKING STAR WARS PREQUELS

  • July 13, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Focus on Doom like DK focused on Dent

    by Mickster_Island

    Nothing with his childhood. I mean, I guess it worked with Magneto. That's the exception - I think!

  • July 13, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    1960s vs. Modern Day?

    by animatronicmojo

    As I was sayin', I think the Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom's origins work much better in the early 60's. Having already established a Marvel universe in that period with "First Class" gives them a great opening to set the FF then, too. <P> They probably won't go this way at all, but I think there's a lot of untapped potential in the FF origin story, especially if it's set in the 1960's at the beginning of the space race. <P> I mean, did I really want to see some kid get bit by a spider again? Not so much, but here you have rich industrialists (the Storms) financing Richard's prototype rocket/reusable spacecraft. After the project gets nixed by the government, Reed recruits his college buddy and ace test pilot Ben Grimm to fly it in secret. In a show of solidarity, they all go and, in a thrilling lift-off, become the first people in space (if set before 1961). Then they get exposed to heinous amounts of radiation, causing their ship to malfunction and Ben barely saves them all in a thrilling crash-landing from orbit. <P> Done right, and with a fair amount of realism, how could this not be thrilling? Yeah, I'm thinking of the most exciting parts of "The Right Stuff." Also, "Apollo 13" and even a few moments in De Palma's "Mission to Mars," where the thrill and dangers of actual nuts-and-bolts spaceflight are explored- what Cuaraon will be getting into in a big way with "Gravity." <P> Taking their time and adding realism to Batman's origin did not hurt Nolan's take at all. Otherwise, you'll likely just get another goofy and uninspiring scene like Tim Story's that played like a scyfy original movie. <P> Whatever the time and style they choose to go with, I am glad that this is moving forward, and here's hoping that it turns out to be brilliant.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Focus on Doom like DK focused on Dent.

    by Mickster_Island

    Don't do anything with his childhood. I mean, I guess that worked with Magneto. But I think he's the exception - I think! And his adult version was played by a pretty good actor, so they probably could have had Jake Lloyd bending the Nazi fence and I still would've been impressed with Magneto because of McKellan.

  • made only to keep the rights ya...brilliant movie...especially when johnny first flames on and screams in horror ending was the best scene in the history of filmdom....fake stretch hand,waving out the top of a limo

  • July 13, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I was hoping the writer would be George Lucas

    by Rtobert

  • He's used to playing characters where we never see his face.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Wasted a great Silver Surfer on a crappy movie

    by raustin714

    I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PISSED that the first and probably only appearance of the Silver Surfer on screen has to come in that awful plastic cartoony cheese ball miscast Fantastic Four franchise. I thought WETA made a great Surfer and Laurence Fishburne gave a great performance. I hope someday the Surfer has a chance to show up in a Marvel movie worth his time.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I vote Jennifer Carpenter (Debra from Dexter) for Sue Storm.

    by Royston Lodge

  • July 13, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    How about Andrew Lincoln for Reed Richards?

    by Royston Lodge

  • July 13, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I wonder if they'll skip Doom this time

    by rev_skarekroe

    The trend lately has often been to leave the true arch-nemesis for the sequel (i.e. The Joker, Green Goblin, Sinestro). I wouldn't be surprised if they go with Mole Man or Diablo or someone for the first flick and just drop hints of Dr. Doom to be followed up in the next one.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Doom deserves his own origin story...

    by animatronicmojo

    So I would save him for the first act of #2, and focus on reestablishing the FF in the first one. Assuming it was set in the 1960's, why not have Fassbinder's Magneto be the bad guy? Then, they don't have to waste time also establishing a new villain. <P> After that, The Silver Surfer also deserves his own movie- it's really Marvel's best and most epic Golden Age origin story- introducing the one-and-only, not-an-evil-space-cloud, Galactus. The Surfer could encounter both the FF and X-Men when he gets to Earth.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Is it too much to hope for...

    by chiwrtr72

    that this reboot won't be an origin story?

  • July 13, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    ...yay, more comic book films...whoopee.

    by MiggsFacial

  • July 13, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    The story should be cosmic, like the Kree-Skrull War.

    by Royston Lodge

    The Fox fuckers kept the Skrull out of the Avengers movie. They might as well use 'em for a decent FF movie.

  • dont you guys get it??? chicks in comics have giant boobies...for a reason

  • if anyone in LA has every actually been in a library. Big buildings. Full of books. Most of which have never been adapted into film. Robert Heilein's books alone could keep a studio busy for years.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    ^every=ever Damn typo again!

    by v3d

  • July 13, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I've never thought of Sue Storm as a sex symbol.

    by Royston Lodge

    I don't want a bubbly sex kitten for Sue. I want a badass, Ellen Ripley-esque portrayal.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Not fair to reboot the FF because they fucked up Doom.

    by cookylamoo

    I mean the rest of the cast was fine. Even Alba.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Alba... fine?

    by chiwrtr72

    I believed she was a scientist just like Denise Richards in the Bond film... as in not at all.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Kill it! Kill it with fire!

    by 2soon2eat

    The only way to keep it dead is to burn the body.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Sue Storm isn't a scientist....she's a fashion model.

    by cookylamoo

    Maybe that was your problem.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    FF NEEDS a reboot fer sure...

    by thot

    They just didn't get it right in 1 or 2. Need to make Thing all CGI ala Hulk. And, blast it, let Ben Grimm CLOBBER something! Bruce Greenwood for Reed Richards. 'Nuff said.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Casting is key

    by animatronicmojo

    Reed Richards: George Clooney would be awesome, but Jon madman Hamm would be great, too, 'specially if set in the '60's. <P> Sue Storm: Gotta be a real love story here. Nicole Kidman or Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Banks or Amy Adams, Anna Torv...? Just please, hire someone with talent! <P> Johnny Storm: I'd kinda be interested to see what Justin Timberlake did with the character. They guy can act, and adds a certain vulnerability that you will not find in "pretty boy" actors like Pine and Lautner. <P> Ben Grimm: Chiklis was really great, but for some reason, I'm still liking the idea of Bruce Willis. <P> Dr. Doom: (for #2) I have no idea who should play the guy in the suit- it doesn't matter, because the goddam mask is welded on- but clearly, Doom should be voiced by none other than James Earl Jones. Don't say "NOOOOOOOOOOO!"

  • July 13, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    David Tennant for Reed Richards

    by mbg98

    You know it to be true.

  • cuz look how that turned out for the avengers i hate it that you guys made first class a success fox needs to lose these properties

  • July 13, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Dexter. Michael C. Hall for Reed?

    by adeceasedfan

  • July 13, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Peter Dinklage as DR. Doom.

    by hallmitchell

    I am serious.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Ryan Phillipe as Reed Richards.

    by hallmitchell

  • July 13, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Michelle Rodriguez as Sue Storm.

    by hallmitchell

  • July 13, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    The Dude who played Hank in The Wire.

    by hallmitchell

    For The Thing.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Charles Dance as Dr. Doom.

    by hallmitchell

    If you don't recognise him by name. The head of the Lannister clan in Game of Thrones.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by Matthew

    Tennant for Reed Richards! Norm machdonald to script based off of his comedy bit about the Fantastic Four I am a Democrat but Mitt Romney has the touch of gray sides like Reed Richards, Newt for the Thing Ben Grim, Bachman and her Husband for Sue Storm and Johnny, Obama for Silver Surfer worst comment ever!

  • July 13, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Given What He Did For The Avengers.....

    by Real Deal

    Joss Weadon would fix this franchise in no time.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Why do reboot origins

    by Steve Lamarre

    always have to take up the first half of a movie? Just show bits here and there in flashback instead. Having to sit through Spiderman getting bit and Uncle Ben dying again was painfully boring.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Doctor Who Fantastic Four

    by Matthew

    Tennant as Mr Fantastic, Rose as Sue Storm, Capt Jack as Torch, as far as I got really, Dalek Doctor Von Doom,

  • July 13, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Just make it dark and gritty

    by BenBraddock

    Money in the bank!!!

  • July 13, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Sue Storm HAS to be Naomi Watts or Elizabeth Banks

    by DonLogan

    And keep the characters like the comics, I never understand it when they finally make a movie of a comic book that's been popular for like 40 years then some dick thinks it's a good idea to change the characters. "We have Dr Doom, one of the greatest villains in the history of fiction, an iconic figure who's backstory is part of what makes him who he is. Let's change it so instead he's a pretty boy and a friend of the team!" Brilliant

  • July 13, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Whoever mentioned Tom Hardy as Ben Grimm, bravo

    by DonLogan

    shame he's been in Batman though, doubt he'd do another comic book character

  • July 13, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Best possible cast

    by Laserhead

    Kirk Cameron as Mister Fantastic Tara Reid as Sue Storm Clay Aiken for Johnny Storm Jim Belushi as The Thing Michael Fassbender as Doctor Doom

  • July 13, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Don't reboot; just plug them into the MCU!

    by zinc_chameleon

    Give us the Fantastic Four getting their butts kicked by a Marvel villain, and having to chose between calling on the Avengers or pulling themselves together. I would rather see a FF team that is clearly a well-oiled machine, than sit through another origin story.

  • sniffles.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    No, no..we've had Avengers...make it bright and shiny- colorful!!

    by Darth Macchio

    I guess it's hard to make it any worse than the first one. Second one had some good stuff (supporting roles and the Surfer). It's almost fun, at this point, to go through the things they got wrong with these movies. Like playing travel bingo or something.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by my liege

    I'm finding it hard to care about any Marvel movie that isn't part of the MCU. I haven't even seen the new Spidey yet.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by my liege

    I once had the idea that they should show the origin in a trailer for a fictional Fantastic Four movie that they ambush Reed with on a chat show.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    And another thing. Don't miscast like last time

    by donkingkong

    Please make actors age appropriate and appearance similar as it is in the comics. Reed - slender brainy 40's -50's Susan - smart and pretty (not a runway model) mid 30's - 40's Johnny - athletic, handsome mid 20-'s Grimm Lower East Side working-class guy 40's - 50's Doom (and yes you have to have doom in a ff reboot) find tall slavic or "Romani" accent - mid 40's -50's

  • July 13, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Family Guy FF with Stewie as Doom

    by zacUpquark

    Brian as Reed, clearly the brains of the outfit Meg as Sue - no one ever notices she's there - Peter as The Thing - EZ so Lois as Alicia Chris as Torch This ... could ... work!

  • July 13, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Oh its always good when they go with unproven talen

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • Sue Storm's "invisibility" would only be psychological. She feels like she is invisible to everyone else, specially to Reed. Mr Fantastic, a really intelligent guy in a business suit. The Thing, really strong, muscular guy, but kinda short. No rock-like skin, nothing stupid like that. They all wear padded riot gear, preferably all-black.

  • July 13, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Michael Clark Duncan as Ben Grimm!

    by bat725

  • ...because, that wouldn't make any sense, right? I mean, an announcement of a do-over for the FANTASTIC FOUR and posting a review of a script that many consider to be the best adaptation of the comic they've ever read? Asinine. Makes more sense posting clips from Funny-or-Die, and yet another contest to win movie tickets to a venue that 95% of the readership isn't anywhere close to.

  • July 13, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Ryan Reynolds as Human Torch.

    by bat725

    You know he'd do it.

  • July 13, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, make Thing CGI.

    by bat725

  • July 13, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    The Inhumans at the end of the credits. Or maybe Namor?

    by bat725

    Too soon for the Surfer.

  • July 13, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by Charger


  • fox will not know what to do with them

  • July 13, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Cambell Scott as DR.Doom/Liam Neeson is always

    by DavidBanner

    Great, so I certainly wouldn't complain.

  • July 13, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    No matter how many times you reboot the F4...

    by Logan_1973

    They will still come off as silly. This is doomed( no pun intended) no matter what.

  • July 13, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Doom and Thing are tough casting; Gillian Jacobsssss

    by Larry Sellers

    Ugh Julian McMahon... I'm hoping they're NOT going to bend to the actor's vanity this time around? Don't show his face. Just don't do it. Go the Darth Vader/Silver Surfer route. Good voice, and a commanding body presence. For the Thing, use the Hulk mo-cap method they used in Avengers. Fred Tatasciore is the best voice I can think of at the moment.

  • July 13, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    tophat are you fucking kidding me???

    by walt

    they used aspects of that pos in the first ff why should it be reviewed now?

  • July 13, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    logan_1973: I used to think the same thing about Captain America.

    by Royston Lodge

    Marvel proved me wrong.

  • July 13, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Fox, please give the FF movie rights to Disney

    by lordoftheschwing

    so we can have a FF/Avengers crossover movie

  • July 13, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Of course the FF movie can't be in the MCU, however...

    by Royston Lodge I mentioned earlier it's possible to hint at a connection. Heck, it would be even easier to do with FF than it would be with Spidey, thanks to Fox owning the rights to X-Men. After all, what is the Weapon X program if not simply a spin-off of the Super Soldier program by a different name? So, write into the FF movie some sort of reference to the Weapon X program, and then when Marvel gets all the rights back it can simply make it official that, in the MCU, Super Soldier and Weapon X are simply different names for the same program. Simple.

  • July 13, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Bruce Greenwood as Mr. Fantastic

    by hulkiest

    Make it for grown ups, actually. Keep Chiklis, just make him CG and actually taller than a human. Good looking 30-something blondes should be easy to find for Susan Storm. I couldn't care less who plays her As long as she doesn't look like she just turned 20 like Alba did. And start the movie with a quick Buck Rogers like recap of what happened to them.

  • July 13, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Bruce Greenwood as Bruce Wayne in

    by DavidBanner

    Batman Beyond....if they make it. He would be cool as Mr.Fantastic too.

  • July 13, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Naomi Watts

    by hulkiest

    Yeah, she'd be perfect. Good call. Clooney, not so much. Bruce Greenwood perfectly embodies the character in the comic. Before they made him a teen wonder with ben franklin glasses, that is...

  • July 13, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Sorry, just can't get excited.

    by Johnny Ahab

    It's Fox - it will be "meh" at best. You can change writers, director, cast - but you still have the same alleged "creative executives" in charge, and that's the difference right there. If Marvel ain't producing it, I'm not interested. (And I've been a faithful Marvel zombie since 1973!) Can't even work up the enthusiasm to see the new Spider-Man. Ain't no way Sony or Fox will give up the rights to these characters - they'll keep trying to wring more moolah out of each tent-pole picture, and only make more crappy pix. My only hope is that they'd give up on some of the lesser characters (like Daredevil) - but I doubt that will happen - unless Marvel/Disney ponies up some big cash for those rights. Cuz that's all that talks in Hollywood - taste and good films certainly don't!

  • July 13, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Kyle Chandler as Mr. Fantastic

    by Kyle DeMattio

  • July 13, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Ashley Tisdale as Sue Storm and Warren Kole as The Human Torch

    by Kyle DeMattio

  • July 13, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    royston lodge

    by Logan_1973

    I was skeptical about CAP and especially THOR and yes Marvel proved my doubts wrong...but F4 are not nearly as believeable as those guys (stretchy guy, flamey guy are just silly), and stupid FOX is in charge, not Marvel.

  • July 13, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by Michael

    Tim Robbins for Reed, bring back Chiklis (the best thing about the first two) for Ben, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Sue, and, oh hell, Taylor Kitsch does work for Johnny. Willem DaFoe as Doom?

  • July 13, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    more Reed casting!

    by Negator76

    Tim Robbins/Campbell Scott would have made a good Reed back in the day, but no way will the studio cast that old. But more mature and slightly less old, what about Kyle MacLachlan for Reed? He would nail that character!

  • July 13, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Gotta keep those movie rights

    by Rechar

    Reboot Reboot Reboot Reboot Reboot

  • July 13, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    bryan cranston for Reed

    by jesus 2099

    and they need Valeria. too bad chloe hit girl will be too old by then.

  • July 13, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Sir Anthony Hopkins as Victor Von Doom

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Just Sayin

  • July 13, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by Michael

    Tim Robbins is only one year older than Kyle Maclachlan...but nice suggestion anyway.

  • July 13, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    wanna do a cool reboot? make von doom idris elba

    by walt

    he can do about any accent you want his mother is supposed to be a gypsy...who says she couldnt have been black he takes over latveria...he doesnt have to come from it he has presence and it seem they are never gonna let him be the panther

  • most of his work he's done for comic adaptations. How do I know this? From reports by OTHER people on the web who've actually read his script... ...because his script isn't available anywhere on the internet (only the "shooting draft" which isn't his original draft).

  • July 13, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Dean Norris as The Thing, and Jon Hamm as Dr. Doom

    by Kyle DeMattio

    That's all I got. I'm Fresh out.

  • now comes this. Let's just reboot every fucking film ever made in the last 10 years for the sake of cashing in at the box office! My god in heaven, kill me now.

  • July 13, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Disney needs to pony up some of that Avengers $$$...

    by Thanos0145

    and buy back the Fantastic Four. Need to see Galactus, Silver Surfer, and Annihilus done right.

  • July 13, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    F4 sucks, boring super powers equal crappy movie.

    by mgs316

    They have the most boring super powers ever, the source sucks and the movies will suck.

  • July 13, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    rebooty call, rebooty call

    by Ted Knight

    I think I need a rebooty call...

  • July 13, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    to all the reboot haters:

    by Negator76

    I can see why you might complain about Spidey. After all, it was 2/3rds of a good trilogy and it's hard to forget Raimi/Maguire's Spider-Man, especially since they produced Spider-Man 2, which is a bona-fide classic and perhaps the best superhero film ever made. (Yeah, yeah, Dark Knight, apples & oranges.) But in this case, it makes sense to reboot the FF. The public definitely has a taste for fun, brightly colored super-team movies (AVENGERs, cough, gazillion dollars, cough cough)... and Fox has the second-biggest superhero team on their roster. They would be crazy NOT to make the movie. Fantastic Four could be a great, fun, heartwarming spectacle if done right. Unlike Raimi's' Spidey movies, Tim Story's films were a huge misstep and the property is ripe for rebooting, because no one is going to miss Story's direction or Alba/Groffwhatever's acting. And everyone is STILL watering at the mouth to see Victor Von Doom translated to screen after the McMahon debacle.

  • and he's suddenly thrown a major studio comic book reboot?! He must have him some nice fellatio lips.

  • July 13, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Please show off Sue Storm more in this version

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Jessica Alba doesn't have a lot to offer except lips, tits and ass, and they hardly showed any of that in the movies they made. If ever there was a crappy movie needing a reboot, it's FF. Take it seriously this time, and please, an impressive, CGI Grimm. I love Michael Chicklis, but I want a really imposing Ben.

  • July 13, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    "the source sucks"?

    by skellngtn

    mgs316, you are an idiot. Go watch your Spawn dvd already. He's got really COOL super powers.

  • July 14, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    the first two were huge financial successes

    by Rupee88

    This one will suck just as bad and make just about as much money. You guys are funny to think it will be any different. When will you learn?

  • July 14, 2012, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Skellngtn, why you mad?

    by mgs316

    I like to see super heroes do super things. The second hulk movie gave me those moments, ironman does, superman does, spiderman can, the avengers did. Batman can in a real world setting. F4? Stretchy guy. Force field and invisibility. A flying match. The thing has possibilities. None of them excites me to see what they can do within the context of the story.

  • July 14, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    You know this how??? Was Nolan's Batman anything like Burton's? Will Snyder's Man of Steel be just like Superman Returns? Was Edward Norton's Hulk just like Eric Bana's Hulk? Was Abrams' Star Trek just like Berman's? Please enlighten us as to how you possess this magical knowledge?

  • the next FF reboot will be irrelevant. The true reboot, the one we really want to see will be produced by Marvel Studios, the question is how many fucking years do we have to wait??

  • July 14, 2012, 2:42 a.m. CST

    They're like, lame ass X Men

    by FreeBeer

  • July 14, 2012, 2:52 a.m. CST

    I honestly heard that Tom Cruise is pushing to play Reed Richards.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Seriously. That doesn't mean it's a done deal, but the little fucker is interested in the role. God help us all.

  • July 14, 2012, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise as Reed Richards?

    by buggerbugger

    Finally, he gets to see himself stretched to regular human proportions!

  • July 14, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST

    cruise wanted to be ozymandius too

    by walt

    was considered for a sec....dropped that freak will never be cast in a comic related movie...the geeks will riot although he mightve made a brilliant ozy...cuz he is that guy

  • July 14, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    anybody who says the ff sux has never read the comics

    by walt

    and doesnt understand them the vast majority of the marvel uni originates from the pages of the ff and the mind of jack kirby

  • July 14, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Greenwood would have been perfect for Reed 15 years ago

    by chien_sale

    Now it's Jon Hamm all the way

  • July 14, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I still think Kyle Chandler would be better than Tom Cruise

    by Kyle DeMattio

  • July 14, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    michael c. hall as reed richards.

    by vulturess

    the guy looks just like jack kirbys reed richards.

  • July 14, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    No origin story...just show it as a brief flashback

    by NHRonin

    I'd pick up the story with an already established FF fighting a lesser villain followed by some larger main story with Doom. The origin stuff can be shown as a flashback somewhere in the film.

  • July 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Liam Neeson? Naomi Watts?

    by Raptor Jesus

    Kids, we need much, much younger actors to play these parts.


  • July 14, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    ComicMovie NEWs= IronMan 3 Suit

    by billandted

  • July 14, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or not at all

    by Tjarren

    No outstanding property needs to be part of the MCU more than the FF. None. Let us all join our voices and ROOT FOR THIS TO FAIL!!! (Sorry Joss Trank, but you're just collateral damage unfortunately.)

  • July 14, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Cast of Seinfeld as the FF!

    by cromulent


  • July 14, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I'm confused

    by Anthrax

    The main reason folks want this to fail is so the Fantastic Four rights revert back to Marvel; not because they're concerned about the film's quality, but basically just so Marvel can have access to FF's character roster?

  • July 14, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST



  • July 14, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    "tough job of making the Fantastic Four relevant again"?

    by DEX

    First of all, the concept has been already made into a great movie, The Incredibles (which I love but Brad Bird was obviously 'inspired' by the FF). Secondly, the Fantastic Four was one of, if not the first 'public' superheroes. They are public figures/celebrities - I'd say that's pretty timely considering the current climate of celebrity culture. So there's plenty of room for humour and satire... along with science fiction adventure which is what is the hallmark of FF stories. The fact that they are going with Josh Trank is exciting, not only because he's creative and has a feel for the genre but because he's like, 1000% times better than Tim Story.