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“Fantastic Four” franchise apparently getting (yet another) reboot

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How many times should a studio be allowed to reboot a property before they’re forced to simply pull the plug?

Buried in the story over at AICN that the rumored fifth “Die Hard” film has a new title is the news nugget that the “Fantastic Four” franchise is going to be rebooted. Again.

True Marvel geeks know that Roger Corman attempted to portray Marvel’s dysfunctional superhero family on the big screen in the early 1990s. And while his film had to the right spirit, his special effects budget was minimal (and it showed).

20th Century Fox tried to resuscitate the series with Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis trying on the heroic roles. They squeezed two mediocre installments out of that franchise before throwing up their hands.

Now they’re going to try it again.

Maybe they’ll get it right. Or maybe, like The Hulk, the Fantastic Four is just a property that works better on the page of a comic, and can not translate to the big screen. The rocky Thing, for instance, needs to be done with digital effects. Expensive digital effects. Fox has “Avatar” money, but will it spend those profits on a decent “FF” film?

As always, we’ll wait and see.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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