That’s right! For those of you who thought the two Fantastic Four movies starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis as comic’s first family were subpar, your prayers have been answered.
According to Variety, the F4 are getting a reboot! I, for one, didn’t mind the movies. I think Gruffudd and Chiklis played their parts exceptionally well. Now, the kicker is, the reboot will be produced by Academy Award winner…Akiva Goldsman. If the name doesn’t sound too familiar, he won the Oscar for his Adapted Screenplay for A Beautiful Mind. He also is the mastermind behind the Batman & Robin script. The writer (with apologies for the earlier mis-read) is Michael Green, who is known to comic fans as a writer from both Smallville and the upcoming Green Lantern film, as well as writing Superman-Batman at DC Comics.
Details are unknown at this time to whether or not the original cast, along with Julian MacMahon, will be asked back.
Perhaps even more interesting is the note that Fox has the rights to Fantastic Four and X-Men movies “in perpetuity.” This means they keep the rights to making movies based on these franchises (and a few others) as long as they keep making them. Thus, this official announcement was likely rushed because of some OTHER news that you may have heard yesterday.