Fantastic Four Reboot Moving Forward
Posted 09.01.09 by Ryan
Disney may have purchased Marvel Comics, but Fox still owns the rights to the Fantastic Four movies and is moving ahead with a reboot. Variety reports that Fox has hired Michael Green (Green Lantern) to write the script, while screenwriter-producer Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Jonah Hex) will produce.
Whether the cast from the two previous Fantastic Four movies will return is unknown. However, earlier this year Chris Evans, who played The Human Torch, declared the franchise "done": "I think if there was talk [about a sequel] I think that I would've heard about it by now." Evans may feel "done" with the Fantastic Four, but Fox may not be done with him.
What Evans may not realize is that if Fox doesn't continue to develop properties like Fantastic Four or Daredevil, the rights to those characters will revert to Marvel Entertainment and, now, Disney as well. And once Disney owns the rights, there's no way Fox would be able to get them back.