After yesterday’s news that Disney has purchased Marvel Comics for the amount of $4 billion, it sure seems like not much is really changing.
The studios that currently own certain Marvel characters look to be holding onto them. Paramount will continue to make its Avengers films, including Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers, Columbia will still be distributing the Spider-Man films, and now 20th Century Fox is pushing forward plans to reboot one of the properties they hold the film rights to.
According to Variety, Fox has hired screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to write a reboot of Fantastic Four, a franchise which currently has two movies to its credit–the last of which, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, was released only two years ago. Seems a little early for a reboot, but I guess if they could do it with The Incredible Hulk, then why not this?
But, see, when Universal rebooted Hulk, they wound up with a considerably better film than the one that preceded it. Assuming the plans are to make this one good, too, I cannot begin to imagine why they’ve hired Batman & Robin screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. He’s just…terrible.
Oh, sure, he’s got an Oscar for the script to A Beautiful Mind, but that honestly wasn’t that impressive, and this man’s been responsible for more awful movies than you can shake a stick at. Lost in Space – Akiva. The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons – Akiva. I Am Legend – Akiva.
Frankly, I don’t really think there’s ever going to be a particularly impressive film to be made from Fantastic Four, but they certainly aren’t off to a good start.