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.