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The Thing will be all-CGI in planned “Fantastic Four” reboot

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some good news broke regarding the planned “Fantastic Four” reboot — tentatively titled “Fantastic Four Reborn” — that was announced to be in 20th Century Fox’s pipeline.

It’s rumored that, after experimenting with a rubber suit worn by Michael Chiklis in Tim Story’s two “Fantastic Four” features, the studio is going with a completely CGI Thing, according to ScreenRant.com. A source in the studio’s FX department confirmed this fact for the site, which immediately linked a new Thing to other CGI characters showcased in major-budget films like Louis Leterrier’s “The Incredible Hulk” and, of course, James Cameron’s “Avatar” (distributed, coincidentally, by Fox).

Great idea, right? Heck, I’m not even opposed to bringing Chiklis back to play Ben Grimm — the Thing’s human alter ego — for any scenes that might require a transformed Thing. Chiklis had Ben’s demeanor down pat, but couldn’t overcome the clunky orange suit. CGI has improved drastically in the short time since the second “Fantastic Four” film, “Rise of the Silver Surfer,” was in theaters. And even with that film, the Surfer was a work of CGI. Why not Thing?

The source also confirmed to ScreenRant that work on “FF” is on hold until the studio wraps the planned “X-Men: First Class” film, so we might not hear more about “Four” for some time. But this is the right first step. I’m eager to learn more about the direction Fox is going with what could be a “Fantastic” new reboot.

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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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One Comment

  • August 3, 2010 | Permalink |

    I dont like the fact the Thing is going to be all CGI. I really loved the rubber suit that Michael Chiklis wore in the first 2 movies.

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