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Fox Pulls ‘Fantastic Four’ Sequel Off Its Release Schedule
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Don’t expect to see a sequel to Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four any time soon. The reboot was hit hard with reports of production problems ranging from disputes on the set, creative differences, destructive dogs, and controlling what could be said during the film’s press day. While Fox said they were focused on getting a sequel released with the potential to have a crossover with the X-Men film universe, the disastrous reviews from critic and fans alike showed that there was basically zero interest in seeing Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Michael B. Jordan continue on being Marvel’s first family – though it wasn’t really their fault.

Now there is a new report that says Fox has pulled the Fantastic Four sequel off its scheduled release. More on the story below.

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Simon Kinberg Is “Really Focused” On Getting ‘Fantastic Four’ Sequel Off The Ground
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Fox being limited to two Marvel properties doesn’t give them much room to play around with as opposed to their competitors Marvel Studios. Unless they can map out their cinematic universe or make a deal like Sony did with Marvel, then Fox is relegated to using just the Fantastic Four and X-Men properties. The former had a reboot recently, which just tanked at the box office and was panned by critics and audiences alike. Then, Fantastic Four‘s director Josh Trank came out a day before the film’s release criticizing Fox for their interference and claiming the studio prevented everyone from seeing his vision of the film. Days later, numerous production problems were revealed, and that Trank tried to control what the cast would say during the film’s press junket. Even a major scene that was shown in trailers was omitted from the final cut.

With Fantastic Four earning a bad reputation and low grossing box office numbers, it was almost certain that there was going to be no sequel. But leave it to Simon Kinberg to hold on hope. While helping promote The Martian at the Toronto International Film Festival, the producer talked about being “really focused” on making a “second one.” More on the possibility of Fantastic Four 2 in the story below.

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‘Fantastic Four’: Description Of The Thing’s Deleted Action Set Piece
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This might sound like a severe understatement, but 20th Century Fox’s contractually obligated Fantastic Four reboot is not really performing to the expectations of anyone except perhaps those of us who have followed its troubled development for years and viewed the underwhelming trailers.

The studio’s latest attempt to launch their other major Marvel Comics property as a sequel-ready franchise to rival their X-Men series has been slaughtered by critics, pilloried by audiences, and right now, nothing short of the news that Fox has entered negotiations with Marvel Studios to retake ownership of the First Family of the House of Ideas’ cinematic destiny will satisfy the Fantastic Four’s furiously frothing fan base.

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Josh Trank’s Former ‘Star Wars Anthology’ Film Still In Development
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The name Josh Trank has been in entertainment news a lot lately. The director came under fire for tweeting his frustrations on studio interference during the production of Fantastic Four, which then led to a series of reports citing his erratic behavior. But this wouldn’t be the first time that we heard of it. In fact, way back in May, he was let go from the second Star Wars Anthology film due to those reported acts of odd behavior.

At the time, it was thought that Trank’s Star Wars project was one of the two reported Star Wars Anthology films, and that his spot had been filled by directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord. But as it turns out, Miller and Lord’s Young Han Solo film is completely different from what Trank had been working on, and that Disney and Lucasfilm are still developing the film Trank has been on. More on the story below.

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More ‘Fantastic Four’ Production Problems Unveiled; Josh Trank Lawyers Up
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There is no hiding the fact that Fantastic Four did not meet anyone’s expectations, unless those expectations were failing ones. Fox stands to lose up to $60 million dollars due to its underwhelming $26.2 million dollar debut, and things could get worse if they continue to progress the way they are now.

Because of director Josh Trank‘s volatile and revealing tweet, we were shown the ugly side of studio interference. But it’s not as though Trank is without blame. Throughout the production of the film, the filmmaker has been hostile to both the cast and creative team, even to the homeowners who rented the house to him. Through great effort, PR tried to make it seem as though there was no validity to any of these rumors with exclusive interviews of Trank and Kinberg sitting together as if they were friends, but word was getting out, and there was no stopping the inevitable.

The Fantastic Four reboot then confirmed what we all knew, there was a huge shift in tone and wigs in the final third act of the film. On Monday, we learned of the many problems that plagued the production of the film were aired out. Now a new report is out revealing just how problematic Trank has been during the filming process, and it is supporting previous reports of his strange behavior. More on this below.

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New ‘Fantastic Four’ Behind-The-Scenes Problems Revealed
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This weekend, Fantastic Four debuted to an abysmal $26.2 million at the box office. Of course Fox’s reboot on Marvel’s first family had almost everything going against it. Disappointing reviews (8% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this post), the marketing looked like it had no faith in its own film, and major conflicts behind-the-scenes were just some of issues that may have contributed to its inevitable downfall.

Of course it didn’t help that director Josh Trank tweeted, then deleted, that he had a “fantastic version” of the film, and that we’ll “probably never see it.” This led many to believe that the studio got in the way of Trank, who was coming off of Chronicle, his directorial debut. What sort of vision he had in store for Fantastic Four will probably stay a mystery, but based on many of the reviews, the final act makes the film feel disjointed, rendering the first two-thirds of it moot.

Now there is a new report that describes what sort of problems the film was having, and how Trank and the studio were at constant odds. More on this story below.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Preview Video: There’s Strength In Numbers
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Many doubted the Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four since plot and character details started hitting the web. Whether it’s the issue of Dr. Doom being an angry blogger, changes to the character’s powers, or trouble behind-the-scenes, it looked like the reboot was going to be a massive flop, not to mention the trailer lowered expectations. But a surprise advanced screening of the film may have proven doubters wrong, as the general audience who were lucky enough to see it had nothing but praise.

Now with just a few days left before the film’s release, 20th Century Fox is making one last push to convince you to see the reboot of Fantastic Four with an all new four-minute preview. The studio even got some help from a certain Merc with a Mouth. Check out the preview below.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer: “We’re Family”
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Fox is making one last marketing push to promote the odd Fantastic Four. The film has gone through a few marketing struggles, with some acting uninterested after seeing the first two trailers, while some dedicated fans expressed their outrage towards how the marketing team descriptions changed the team’s powers.

In just a few weeks, though, the film will come out, and the studio has released one final trailer (which happens to be the same trailer shown at Comic-Con) to convince us that this is the Fantastic Four that fans have been waiting for. Check out the trailer below.

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SDCC 2015: Fox’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Panel
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The Fantastic Four reboot was also part of 20th Century Fox’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday evening.

Director Josh Trank, writer and producer Simon Kinberg, and stars Miles Teller (Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (Sue Storm aka the Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm aka the Thing), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch), and Toby Kebbell (Victor Von Doom aka Doctor Doom) were all on hand to discuss the movie.

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‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ Crossover Movie Could Be Coming In 2018
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In March 2014, 20th Century Fox carved out release dates for several of their upcoming movies, including a July 13, 2018 slot for an untitled feature based one of their valuable Marvel Comics properties. Since the studio thought nothing of revealing their release plans for X-Men: Apocalypse, the third and final Wolverine solo movie starring Hugh Jackman (which is rumored to be an adaptation of the “Old Man Logan” miniseries), and the sequel to August’s Fantastic Four reboot, people started to wonder if this mysterious Marvel flick was the long-gestating X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover event that was first hinted at almost two years ago.

If rumors to be believed, Fox’s attempt to create their own Avengers-style silver screen Bacchanalia of superhero excitement could be happening in 2018 after all.

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