We live in an age where audiences are so desperate for their favourite properties to be absolutely perfect on the big screen that they are willing to sit through multiple incarnations until the studios get it right. If something doesn’t work the first time, just start over again and erase all memories of what came before. It makes great business sense, since it allows studios to save money by hiring a younger cast. Of course, it also goes against Marvel’s new approach to making comic book movies, which involves a commitment to continuity and plenty of crossovers between characters and storylines.
The latest reboot on the horizon is Marvel’s Fantastic Four franchise, which currently resides at 20th Century Fox. The first two movies combined made over $600 million worldwide, but comic book fans complained about some of the casting choices and the lighthearted treatment of the material. Variety reports that Fox has now hired writer/producer Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) to oversee the re-invention of this franchise. Although we don’t know what their plans are specifically, we do know that they have also hired TV writer Michael Green (Smallville, Heroes) to pen a script. Green recently co-wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Green Lantern movie. What do you think, is a Fantastic Four reboot a good move? Do you want to see them take the series in a darker, more serious direction, or should they keep it light?