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When Fox announced their aim to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise with a new feature film in 2015, the news was met with a familiar mixture of excitement and resignation amongst fans of the long-running comic book franchise. After all, this was the Fantastic Four – one of Marvel Comics’ greatest super hero teams, practically household names in the geek circles we run in.
But we’d been burned before. Leaving aside B-movie producer Roger Corman’s abortion of a movie from 1994 (allegedly only made as a placeholder because the rights would revert to Marvel unless a movie was produced), 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer were widely panned by fans and critics alike, director Tim Story’s efforts perceived as high camp with low comedy.
Incoming director Josh Trank, however, has some excellent form here, having made his directorial debut in »
- Ben Cooke
Scott Derrickson is on board to direct the pic which will be produced by by Kevin Feige. Executive producers on the project are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Stephen Broussard.
Marvel had no comment on Spaihts’ involvement.
The comicbook revolves around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and went on to have his own standalone series and appear in several other Marvel Comics properties, including “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Monsters are a symbol of man’s fears, used by story tellers all over the world and in every medium. Monsters represent the dangers we face as a species both real (predators and nature) and speculative ( the supernatural).
We have a biological imperative, a survival instinct to fear that which is inhuman.
The most frequent use of monsters in fiction is that of a challenge for the hero to overcome, a foe to vanquish. If the hero of most stories is a proxy for the audience then defeating the monster is our vicarious triumph over our phobias.
Ocasionaly though, the monster’s role in fiction is reversed. Sometimes the monster is the hero and even though the concept may not have originated there, no where is it as prevalent as it is in the world of comic books.
- Zachary Zagranis
The internet is a fun, if often irrational place. We (and by 'we' I mean internet movie sites) spend so much time speculating wildly about everything revolving around geek movies and comic book adaptations (myself included). Then when announcement are finally made, we spend even more time complaining about those choices. I can't even fathom the amount of energy dispensed writing angry diatribes about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman or Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
Imagine what we could do if we could harness that energy. If there was a way to convert geek rage into energy we could no doubt solve the Earth's energy crisis in a matter of minutes. There is nothing as plentiful and renewable as fanboy indignation. Trolling could become a major power source. Thermal units could be measured in 'Afflecks'. »
- Gary Collinson
Feature Andrew Blair 21 Feb 2014 - 06:16
Casting announcements for superhero movies always cause a lot of uproar, but maybe we should wait for the film itself...
The main cast of The Fantastic Four has been announced as Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm) and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm). Initial reaction has not been favourable, however, initial reaction has arguably not been thoughtful either. The movie is already being assigned disaster status by some after only a debunked synopsis and initial casting.
The more pithily astute have observed that Kate Mara and Michael B Jordan are playing characters who are sister and brother in the comics, but are not of the same ethnic background. But surely the important words here are 'in the comics'. This is not the comic, it is a movie based on the comics. Can anyone honestly say that it makes any important, »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Runaways, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, The Flash, Justice League: War and more...
The Seattle Seahawks weren't the only ones crushing the competition at the Super Bowl this past Sunday, with Marvel Studios' TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier drumming up just under 10 million online views in 24 hours for its second trailer, compared to 6.2 million online views for the first look at Transformers: Age of Extinction and just 2.5 million for the latest trailer for rival superhero flick The Amazing Spider-Man 2. These numbers even more impressive when placed alongside Marvel's last two Super Bowl offerings, with the billion-dollar-plus grossing Iron Man 3 racking »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Constantine, Justice League: War, Son of Batman, Batman & Robin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3, Thor 3, Ant-Man, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more...
So, Henry Cavill in Michigan and production reportedly set to get underway, we've finally found out who'll be playing Kal-El's nemesis Lex Luthor in Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman. No, it's not Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington, Idris Elba, David Ramsey or any of the other names plucked out of thin air these past few months, but rather The Social Network and Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg. "Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Justice League, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Son of Batman, Superman: Flyby, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (and 3), X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four and more....
Well, Batman vs. Superman might have been pushed back ten months to May 2016, but if talk is to be believed production is still set to get underway as planned in February (as opposed to the rumoured May start date), with a report late last night suggesting Ben Affleck has been forced to pull out of directing Fox's TV pilot The Middle Man as the "main players" on the Man of Steel sequel have been called up to start work right away. Of course, while we wait for official confirmation, »
- Gary Collinson
Way back when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was just a pilot waiting to premiere, there was plenty of buzz regarding one unknown character. We only caught a quick glimpse of him, but many news outlets were certain he was the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Luke Cage. When S.H.I.E.L.D. finally debuted, we were all proved wrong. Who we thought to be Cage was actually Mike Peterson, an average guy given above average superpowers. He’s recurred since the premiere, so we’ve gotten to know him a little bit. But his story arc is taking a drastic turn. He may not be Luke Cage, but he’ll become a different well-known Marvel superhero.
In the Feb. 4 episode “T.R.A.C.K.S.” Mike (J. August Richards) will be transformed into Deathlok. According to TVLine, Deathlock is a cyborg who first debuted over 40 years ago in the comic book world »
- Brody Gibson
It has been one of the longest running jokes in any one franchise, but Stan Lee’s run of cameos in every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to date is about to come to an end – he won’t be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Marvel mogul has had a cameo in lots of Marvel’s movies, including Spider-Man, Daredevil, X-Men, Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man and, of course, every movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. But he won’t be appearing in Marvel’s next new property Guardians of the Galaxy. Speaking to Dweebcast, Lee...
- Matt Looker
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Justice League, Gotham, Constantine, Amazon, The Flash, Hourman, Arrow, Jla Adventures, Justice League: War Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, All Hail the King, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, The Sinister Six, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Wolverine versus Sabretooth, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and more...
Well, it's been another huge week for superhero news, but as always its difficult to decipher between fact and fiction, with several big rumours seemingly shot down just as they were gaining traction. However, we'll get things underway with some official - and disappointing - news from Warner Bros. that Batman vs. Superman has been pushed back ten months and »
- Gary Collinson
Every so often a film comes along that plays pitch perfect to your sensibilities and hits you with such pinpoint accuracy that it reaffirms your love of the medium. That's what Spike Jonze's Her did for me last weekend. It's the type of movie I wish I had the talent to make and, at the same time, one that I'm thankful anyone had the talent and passion to make. It's a film that says so much about our desire to connect, to love and to feel loved, that evaluating it piece by piece (acting, editing, sound, cinematography, mise-en-scène, etc.) almost cheapens its value as a whole. Above all, though, it refuses to be just one thing and therein lies its greatest achievement. It's comedy soaked in melancholy, drama with hints of playfulness, quirk wrapped in genuine romance, and heartbreaking sincerity set within the most plastic of relationships. Her is an instant classic. »
- Jason Barr
Low-budget film producer Corman reportedly finished the New Horizons feature in 1992, because German producer Bernd Eichinger wanted to retain the rights, and although filming was completed, the picture was never officially released.
"...in a flashback, 'Reed Richards' (Alex Hyde-White) and 'Victor Von Doom' (Joseph Culp) are college friends who use the opportunity of a passing comet to try an experiment; however, the experiment goes wrong, leaving Victor horribly scarred. 'Sue' and 'Johnny Storm' are two children living with their mother, who has a boarding house where Reed lives. 'Ben Grimm' (Michael Bailey Smith), is a family friend and a college buddy of Reed's.
- Michael Stevens
Quick, how many “Fantastic Four” movies are there? If you said two, you've fallen into my diabolical rhetorical device. If you said “three, there's that one coming out in 2015," then you're more informed but also wrong. The answer, appropriately, is four: but that's not to say they all got released (actually, there was even a fifth never-made-at-all version set in the 60s, as we discussed here).The story of Roger Corman's 1994 “The Fantastic Four” is semi-legendary among movie and comic book nerds: the ultra-prolific, ultra-influential low-budget maestro made a quick, cheap film about Mr. Fantastic and the gang in 1992, which came this close to being released—trailers played in theaters, the cast did publicity appearances—before vanishing into a haze of Hollywood intrigue. Was it never meant for release, having been put into production purely to prevent the rights from reverting to Marvel? Was it Avi Arad, a controversial »
- Ben Brock
The Indiegogo-funded documentary tells the story of the lost 20th Century Fox film.
Doomed! will mark the 20th anniversary of Corman's small-budget 1994 film with interviews with the cast and crew, seeking to shed light on the reasons why the project was shelved.
The infamous movie has only been seen by fans because of a leaked VHS.
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This year, 20th Century Fox is set to begin production on The Fantastic Four, a reboot of the live-action movie series based around Marvel's First Family. However, before Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis donned the spandex for 2005's Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, B-movie legend Roger Corman assembled Alex Hyde-White, Rebecca Staab, Jay Underwood and Michael Bailey Smith for 1994's The Fantastic Four.
Never heard of it? Well, that's not really a surprise. As it happens, the final film never made it to cinemas, nor indeed VHS or DVD. You see, the whole thing was designed to help producer Bernd Eichinger retain his option on the characters and shot on a $1 million shoestring budget in less than a month. In the build up to its release, Eichinger pulled the plug, sparking rumours (later supported up by Stan Lee) that »
- Gary Collinson
While the Marvel comic Fantastic Four has already come to the big screen by way of 20th Century Fox (who is working on a reboot), there was another attempt just 11 years before that from legendary producer Roger Corman. Back in 1994, the producer of fare such as Piranha, Children of the Corn, Death Race 2000 and Rock N Roll High School, was working on The Fantastic Four. The adaptation was trying to cash in on the early comic book boom following Batman, Dick Tracy and other adaptations, but the film ended up being a nightmare and never saw an official release. Now the documentary Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four" shines a light on the problems and more. Watch the trailer! Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four" trailer from Badass Digest: Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four »
- Ethan Anderton
Low-budget movie god Roger Corman has produced his share of (mostly) original works, but he’s known for making fun, geeky adaptations of bigger budget movies and famous stories. The B-movie genius tapped into the superhero and comic book craze of the 1990s with his spin on The Fantastic Four, based on the Marvel Comics creation. It was never officially released, but if you’ve been (un)lucky enough to track it down, then you know it’s a doozy. Now, there’s a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the movie: Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four. The troubles began when German producer Bernd Eichinger encountered deadline and budget problems from the get-go after securing an option. He turned...
- Alison Nastasi
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Here’s the official press release:
In 1994, Roger Corman was tapped to produce this Marvel superhero story on a very small film budget. The film was ultimately shelved prior to distribution, but a VHS copy was mysteriously leaked and the movie became a darling of film bootleggers and, more recently, web pirates. Rumors and speculation surrounding the production have become as much a part of the lore as the film itself.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Roger Corman’s edition of The Fantastic Four and finally, all of the secrets, stories and legal shenanigans that have kept this a ‘lost’ film will be revealed through in-depth, investigative interviews with the cast and crew.
The documentary is directed by east coast Film Studies professor and independent filmmaker, »
- Philip Sticco
More than 10 years before the big-budget 2005 version of Fantastic Four hit theaters, Roger Corman executive produced the 1994 live-action film The Fantastic Four. Don't be surprised if you've never heard about this before, because the movie was never released. 20 years after this ill-fated movie, the documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four sheds new light on the production, with never-before-seen footage featuring Alex Hyde-White (Reed Richards), Jay Underwood (Johnny Storm), Rebecca Staab (Susan Storm) and Michael Bailey Smith (Ben Grimm). Roger Corman himself, along with several cast and crew members, reveal details about the only film that Roger Corman made but was never released. It isn't known when director Marty Langford's documentary will debut, so stay tuned for more information.
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