In 2015, Fox released their Fantastic Four movie, a reboot with an all-new cast that attempted to take the comic book property in a more grounded and serious direction. However, the movie was plagued with production troubles and the version that ultimately hit theaters was essentially dead on arrival. The film was ridiculed by critics and moviegoers alike, and those close to production recognize that it was not as good as they were hoping it'd be. Jamie Bell, who played the Thing in the reboot, admits that he too was disappointed by the quality of the film.
Fantastic Four (orFant4stic, as some people like to call it on the internet) was intended to launch a new superhero franchise for Fox, but ended up forcing them to go back to the drawing board. Obviously when an actor signs on for a project, they have little idea how it will be received upon completion. Jamie Bell told the Los Angeles Times that he had hoped for better things from Fantastic Four. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie, and while Bell admires what they had tried to do with Fantastic Four, somewhere along the way things became muddled. But sometimes that's just the way the cookie (or rock man) crumbles, and the only thing you can do is move on to the next project.
True, Fantastic Four was not close to the success that Fox had been hoping for. With the strong cast of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Bell, with the addition of up-and-coming director Josh Trank, hopes had been high -- though critics questioned the motivation for the reboot. Fox's rights for the Fantastic Four were close to going back to Marvel if they did not make another film with the property soon, which led to the fast tracked reboot. The movie went through heavily publicized reshoots, with rumors circulating about behind-the-scenes drama and quarrels between Josh Trank and the higher brass. Ultimately, Trank hammered the final nail himself with a tweet essentially denouncing the movie the night before it released.
Fox is still trying to figure out the Fantastic Four formula, but at least Jamie Bell has accepted his losses and moved on. You can next see him in the historical drama film 6 Days, which is in theaters right now.
Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.
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