This is pretty interesting — while it’s been reported that DC and Warner Bros. have been considering a darker take on its currently-defunct Superman film franchise, but now it seems as though Marvel is following suit.
IESB has announced that the “word around town” is that 20th Century Fox is looking at a darker, less “bubble gum” reboot for the Fantastic Four films. According to them:
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.
Keep in mind the first film made $330 million over its run, while the second film petered out at $289 million. (This is just over a third of the total amount the first Spider-Man film’s $821 million, but surprisingly more than the first X-Men film, with only $296 million. Granted, that last movie came out in 2000.)
According to IESB, Daredevil may also receive a reboot — not particularly surprising, given the relative success of reboots like the Incredible Hulk, and considering Ol’ Hornhead was flat-tired with a $179 million payoff, and an underachieving $56 million spin-off starring his girlfriend.