Its no surprise that Twentieth Century Fox has decided to pull the Fantastic Four sequel from its schedule, having previous insisted that the doomed franchise reboot would continue on despite the first film becoming one of the biggest flops of all time.
The studio giant has seen a painful year in box office takings thanks largely in part to the catastrophe that is the Fantastic Four reboot – what was meant to be the growing Jewel in its 2015 schedule, Fantastic Four made only $167 million worldwide from a production budget that cost almost $220 million, when you factor in its marketing.
Now Fox obviously sees no hope it saving the franchise, and having pulled the 2017 sequel release, may decide to scrap it entirely and possibly sell the rights back to Marvel. Fantastic Four was meant to offer a whole new diverse look on Marvel‘s original franchise, opting for a younger cast that included Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, but after initial critics panned the reboot, it didn’t take long until audiences decided to snub the summer blockbuster.
The franchise was riddled with controversy before its release, most notably when director Josh Trank publically slammed his movie, taking to Twitter to accuse Fox of diluting his original story;
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this [film]. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
Regardless of the past, with no director willing to continue the story and with the cast unlikely to continue with their characters, it’s probably not such a bad idea to scrap the franchise all together – though if Spider-Man had taught us anything, it’s to expect Hollywood to reboot be franchise in the near future.