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Milk the Franchise | January 18, 2018

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The Fantastic Four

August 7, 2015
DIRECTOR: Josh Trank
PRODUCERS: Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar, Gregory Goodman
SCREENPLAY: Jeremy Slater, Simom Kinberg, Josh Trank
BASED ON: Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
CAST:  Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson
MUSIC: Marco Bettrami, Philip Glass
EDITOR: Elliot Greenberg
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment
DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox
Michael B. Jordan starred as Johnny Storm / Human Torch; Kate Mara was Sue Storm / Invisible Woman; Toby Kebbel as Doom; Miles Teller as Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic,and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm / The Thing.
A sequel was originally scheduled to be released on June 9, 2017, but thanks to the universally negative reviews (9% on Rotten Tomatoes) and a reported $155 million worldwide box office against a $120 million budget before marketing costs, it appears improbable Fox will move forward with their second take on the Marvel series.
The film has been surrounded in controversy almost since day 1. Multiple disagreements have taken place between director Josh Trank and his bosses at 20th Century Fox. Fox ordered changes to Trank’s original cut without the director’s approval, including edits of major plot points. Other reports claim that Trank acted erratically on set, including isolating himself from cast and crew, several thousand dollars of damage by his dog to his rented house in New Orleans, where the film was being shot and finally his post one day before the films release on Twitter stating “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
In September 2015, producer Simon Kinberg told MTV on the possibility of a sequel, “I’m really focused on the next one,”…“I was obviously disappointed,”…“I was most disappointed that fans didn’t like it. I care more about them than I do anyone else. But I haven’t done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don’t know.”
But actress Kate Mara (Sue Storm) added in a separate interview, “It’s unlikely that [a sequel] will happen, but I would love to [do one]. I would love to play Sue Storm in a movie that everybody loves. That would be great.”
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