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FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Confirmed

PLUS: RED SONJA, ASTRO BOY, DEADMAN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     September 01, 2009
Source: Various


The Fantastic Four is slated to arrive June 19, 2015.
© Marvel Comics

'Fantastic Four' set for reboot by veteran DC producer. PLUS: Final 'Astro Boy' trailer. First 'Smurfs' teaser poster. 'Deadman' and 'Red Sonja' details. Listen, kid. There are two things you don't know about the earth. One is Godzilla. The other is...your Comics2Film 9.9.1! 

 

 

Stan Lee comments on DISNEY Deal

In case you haven't heard Disney has reached an agreement with Marvel to purchase the company for $4 billion. It's not a done deal yet, as these things take time to finalize and the whole shebang needs to undergo review by anti-trust regulators, but both sides want to do it and it'll probably get done.

Reuters published comments from Marvel godfather and Chairman Emeritus Stan Lee who thinks the merging with the Mouse House with the House of Ideas is a good thing.

"To me, becoming 'Disneyfied' is not a bad thing. I mean look at (Disney) movies like 'Pirates of the Caribbean,'" Lee said. "Disney knows how to do movies. They know how to do colorful characters and I think the fans, if they think about it, they're going to love it."

We've got a lively conversation about the Dis/Marv deal going on in the original article thread, so if you want to comment on it, please post your comments there.

Thanks to Cheesey1 for the submission.

 

 

McGowan says she's still RED SONJA

Ah, the perils of microblogging. C2F freely admits we do not "get" the fervor over Twitter. The 140 character limit seems kind of arbitrary and limiting to us. Consequently the Twittersphere seems to be mostly a bunch of tiny bursts of noisy blather that can easily be misinterpreted and misunderstood.

Such is the case with actress Rose McGowan, who twittered last Wednesday from the inferno that is California: "Just this once I'll address questions about 'Red Sonja' & others I was meant to do in '08. Major personal & private reasons I pulled out. Starting 2 want to work again. Sometimes real life fucking sucks. That's all. God bless us survivors"

Of course, many took that to mean that McGowan had pulled out of the 'Red Sonja' movie. Seems like a reasonable interpretation.

But then, on Friday, McGowan was doing some spin control. "To clarify press reports: 'Red Sonja' is delayed I pulled out of doing it in '09. Not permanently. Hopefully will follow 'Conan,'" she tweeted, referring, of course, to the 'Conan' movie which is now on the fast track with director Marcus Nispel.

She then added moments later, "I am still contracted to do it 'Red Sonja'. Hopefully Filming in '10 not '09."

So, there you have it. Rose McGowan is still 'Red Sonja' and she hopes to see cameras rolling next year.

 

 

More DEADMAN Details

Variety confirms the weekend news that Danish director Nikolaj Arcel is set to helm the 'Deadman' movie for Warner Bros. Producing are Guillermo del Toro along with Don Murphy and Susan Montford of Angryfilms. Gary Dauberman has written a previous script. It's unclear if the director will start over with a fresh screenplay or work with Dauberman's version.

 

 

SMURFS Teaser Poster

The Smurftastic website PVCBlue.com has a first look at the teaser poster for the 'Smurfs' movie, coming in December 2010.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

ASTRO BOY Trailer

Summit Entertainment have posted a high-def version of the 'Astro Boy' trailer online at YouTube. Looks pretty sweet! In the future, all robots will have guns in their butts. Visit AstroBoy-TheMovie.com for more about the film.

 

 

FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot In the Works

Fans who were disappointed with the previous two 'Fantastic Four' movies may be encouraged to learn that Variety is reporting that Twentieth Century Fox is looking to reboot the franchise.

Overseeing the restart is producer Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman is infamous among comic fans for being the writer of 'Batman and Robin', which is generally regarded as the point when the notion of comic book films hit bottom. As a producer, Goldsman has had a hand in other DC Comics properties, such as 'Constantine', 'Jonah Hex' and 'The Losers', not to mention numerous other films of varying quality.

Handling the scripting chores for the new 'FF' is Michael Green, the TV writer/producer who recently worked on the much buzzed-about 'Green Lantern' script, as well as contributions to 'Heroes', 'Smallville' and 'Kings'.

Fox was unwilling to comment on the development.

Here's hoping they inject some of the big, bombastic fun of the comics into the big-screen revamp and do away with four-on-one fist fights in Times Square.

And for those of you Maniacs who are going to post a comment asking when Marvel (or Disney) will get the rights back from Fox, the Variety piece confirms that Fox holds the rights "in perpetuity" (i.e for-freaking-ever). The only way Fox is giving up 'Fantastic Four' (or 'X-Men' or 'Daredevil') is if Disney pays a princely sum to purchase the rights back from them.

What to you think, Maniacs? Can Goldsman and Green deliver the Fantastic Four film you've been wanting? Post your comments below...

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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avidfan 9/1/2009 8:08:30 AM

Why not a prequel of a reboot of the reimagining for the reinterpetation of Fantastic 4.  These movies were good in my book.  I liked the fact that they were largely kid friendly.  They were hammy, but I can't be the only person to think a talking rock, an invisible underwear model, a pyrotechnic retard, and a stretchable geek could be anything but.  Will this be a darker fantastic 4 in spandex? Come on.

Wiseguy 9/1/2009 8:12:09 AM

Too bad Marvel sold the rights to some of their characters without thinking ahead apparently. I know I've read before that the rights stay active as long as companies pay the licensing fees and supposedly as long as the characters don't remain dormant for a set amount of time. I can't blame Fox, Sony or Universal (the 3 that hold licenses) for holding on to them for the foreseeable future

Let me guess, FF will be darker. This isn't all bad. I enjoyed the first 2 but they could be way better. Maybe now we'll get the real Galactus but I'd prefer a MoleMan film first

hanso 9/1/2009 8:12:24 AM

It doesn't matter how many times they reboot it, it will suck Shirley Manson balls every single time as long as Fox is the studio behind it.  Tom Rothman is the motherfuckin devil!  He is Satan roaming this Earth . 

Fox won't care about the quality of the product, they care about keeping the rights and making a quick buck which they will inevitably do because it will be embraced by the summer massess enough for them to turn a profit.  Then Fox will twitter how they raped your childhood and laugh at you cause all the money they made. 

I hope every Fox superyhero movie bombs so they stop making them and the rights go back to Disney.

FUCK YOU FOX!

Wiseguy 9/1/2009 8:15:40 AM

I've done a 180 on AstroBoy, wasn't interested but that trailer was pretty cool. I'll more than likely check this out

McGowan is still Red Sonja? Guess everything can't be good news. Still looking forward to it though even if she's only 4 feet tall

Wiseguy 9/1/2009 8:34:19 AM

The one thing that still puzzles me is that Disney yesterday said in other words basically they want to bring all the licensed out characters back under their umbrella and that "overtime it will be more cost effective to get out of these licensing deals."
 

Given that I assume the contracts must have a couple of ways out, of course lawyers have a reason to be happy here. Then again like Rob says maybe if Disney pays them off they'll get the rights back. I for one would love an unified Marvel movie universe and without Spidey, FF, X-Men and DD it just wouldn't be the same

fft5305 9/1/2009 8:35:51 AM

Let's not exaggerate, WISEGUY.  She's at least 4'2"....

I know Fox won't do it, but they should keep Evans & Chiklis and rebuild around that.  But they'll want to make a clean break from the old franchise so as not to "confuse" people.  Same as happened in The Incredible Hulk.  They wanted an all new cast.  I liked the new cast there, but thought Sam Elliot was a better Thunderbolt Ross.

I'm not holding my breath on Deadman.  They've been talking about it for years. Now it's in the hands of a complete unknown from Denmark.  Yeah, right.  It will suck.

DurdenBateman 9/1/2009 8:36:26 AM

Rebooting FF?  Wtf, why?  This makes no sense.

 

Hey let's just reboot Hancock too! and Halloween, again.  How about we reboot that Smurfs movie that isn't out yet?  Sounds good to me!

Hobbs 9/1/2009 8:43:04 AM

Goldsman of Batman and Robin fame rebooting FF....all kinds of wrong with that statement and as hanso pointed out, its Fox.  No, I don't think this will be any good but they can spin it and probably make another 300 mil worldwide off a reboot.  Yeah, Fox is not giving up these rights anytime soon.

littlemikey979 9/1/2009 8:44:36 AM

THANK GOD! no more Alba as invisible woman(is there suddenly a shortage of blonde blue eyed women in hollywood, hope they can keep Chiklis as Thing, he is awesome, everyone else should hit the road.

ponyboy76 9/1/2009 8:50:02 AM

I agree fft5305, they should keep Evans and Chiklis. Actually, they could keep Ian Groufford too. He wasn;t bad as Reed Richards. Jessica Alba wasn't really bad as Sue either. It wasn't so much the actors but the story and I do mean Tim Story  that sucked for F.F. They weren't horrible movies but they just didn't pop.
Don't get me started on "Cloudactus"
F.F. doesn't have to be dark or edgy, but if you notice now in the comics, it has become a little more serious after Secret Invasion and WWH. I've actually only now started gettin back into reading F.F because the stories have gotten better.

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