Ioan Gruffudd Reflects on Fox's Decision to Reboot the Fantastic Four Franchise
02.09.11 by BJSprecher
It's been months since anything new has been heard about Fox's plans to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise with a new movie possibly titled Fantastic Four Reborn that would sport an all-new cast of family-friendly superheroes. While doing press for his latest movie, Sanctum, Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd reflected on his time making Fox's first two Fantastic Four movies and offered some advice to the next actor tapped to play the super-team's patriarch, Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic.
Gruffudd told MTV that he was dismayed when he found out that he would not be back as the team's pliable leader.
It's very sad for me personally, and for the rest of the cast. But hey, these things have to move on and progress and evolve, and I wish them all the best.
Gruffudd went on to say that he enjoyed playing Mr. Fantastic and that he has no regrets.
Those were fantastic years of my life working on those movies, and they made a hell of a lot of money worldwide, you know, for the studios. So it was a great sort of business model and, wow, bringing that sort of comic book to life, what a thrill to be able to do that, because that’s been around for almost fifty years now, I’m very proud of that experience.
And, when asked what advice he would give to the next Mr. Fantastic, Gruffudd said:
[Do] lots of yoga.
Akiva Goldsman, the man partially responsible—or to blame—for such comic book adaptations as Batman Forever, Batman & Robin and, more recently, Jonah Hex and The Losers is overseeing the Fantastic Four reboot for Fox as a producer. Michael Green, one of the writers of DC's upcoming Green Lantern superhero adaptation, is penning the script.