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Josh Trank's 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Gets Spring 2015 Release Date In An Already Superhero Stuffed Year

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 8, 2012 9:52 AM
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Josh Trank Fantastic Four

This past summer, many wondered if five years between "Spider-Man 3" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" was a big enough space to reboot the superhero franchise. Well, numbers don't lie and with over $750 million worldwide, it seems there were more than enough folks ready for more Peter Parker. That being said, the "Fantastic Four" duo of films aren't as fondly remembered as Sam Raimi's Spidey pictures, and frankly they could reboot it next week for all anyone cares. But it looks like they'll take their time to get it right.

Fox has set a March 6, 2015 release date for the Josh Trank directed "Fantastic Four." So yeah, it's going to be two and a half years of wishlists and rumors, and arrive eight years after "Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer." With recent developments in the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" flick suggesting crossover to the first batch of "X-Men" films, one wonders if Fox will be trying to Marvel-ize with teases for "Fantastic Four" in that film or in "The Wolverine." We'd imagine Mark Millar might be having these conversations as the new consultant on the studio's Marvel movies.

The other question is whether or not Trank will squeeze out another movie in between. It's just a big enough space to do something quick and small budget (though he's currently attached to more expensive flicks like "Venom" and "Shadow Of The Colossus"), but then again, a big studio tentpole might be one he'll want to prepare for as much as possible. At any rate, geeks better prepare themselves for 2015, which will now bring: "The Avengers 2," "Ant-Man," "Fantastic Four" and (tentatively) "Justice League." And oh yeah, "Star Wars: Episode 7." Holy shit. [Exhibitor Relations

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  • Hmm | December 8, 2012 12:24 PMReply

    Should be horrible!!

  • Dan S | December 8, 2012 11:36 AMReply

    Since Sony produces the "Spider-Man" films it will be really difficult for Fox to embed Fantastic Four teases in the next "Amazing Spider-Man" film.

  • Brocky | December 8, 2012 12:40 PM

    As per usual, The Playlist fact checker takes a day off. Facepalm.

  • Evie | December 8, 2012 9:56 AMReply

    fanboys are ruining movies.

  • HombreGato | December 10, 2012 7:50 AM

    @Christian What does that even mean? That films were made by filmmakers in genres? Based on your examples I picture crime films, and I remember when the cinema was oversaturated with those movies while comic book enthusiasts were told their favorite stories would never make it to the big screen.

    A lot of people love to rail against superhero films, The Playlist especially, but you all seem to forget that we spent decades fighting the social tide in our appreciation for them.

  • Christian | December 8, 2012 10:30 AM

    Franchise cinema is taking over and we can expect the studios to force out many reboots/adaptations more aggresively in the future. Gone are the days of old school filmmaker-driven genre films; Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese, Sergio Leone, Brian De Palma, Roman Polanski, Michael Cimino, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, etc.

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