As of this writing, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four has made $25.6 million. Improbably, that’s fewer than half of either on the previous big-budget Fantastic Four movies’ opening saturday and sunday totals, and both of those films usually are widely disliked by simply comics fan and cinephiles alike. There’s an opportunity Trank’s FF could wind up grossing less with theaters than Blade: Trinity, or even Trank’s own surprise first appearance hit, Chronicle (which expense about a tenth involving his follow-up). In The movies parlance, those are ungood amounts. In most cases, they would nearly mean certain misfortune (har dee har har) for any chance of a sequel.
But the Fantastic Four is not necessarily most cases. Drew McWeeny over at HitFix says that despite the brand-new film’s disastrous box-office showing, Fox is still seriously interested in a Fantastic Four sequel:
It may not help to make that original 2017 date, but they’re definitely planning to make [Fantastic A number of 2]. The next filmmaker in is going to start from a hard position, and they're going to have to work hard to create their own movie whilst starting with some of Trank'ohydrates choices intact. Pertaining to better or even worse, Trank was given room for you to define these figures, and his signature will stay on the next video no matter who writes and directs it. The next movie will certainly be a reaction to this one.
Fox is at a tough spot in this article. They just rebooted Fantastic Four, to make sure they couldn’t reboot the idea again even if that they wanted to (and due to the mess they made of products, they might). Plus, viewers have indicated using dollars (or don’t have thereof) that they’re definitely not particularly interested in one more FF origin story. And also Fox can’t wait around too long to let the particular memory of this debacle fade. These registered comics properties resemble sharks; if they don’t consistently move forward, they expire (or the rights go back to Marvel). His or her only choice is some sort of sequel — albeit one which you have to assume would likely bear little likeness to this movie over and above its cast (and that is great, if pretty much completely wasted inside this FF). I’d expect the particular model to be one thing like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, where the studio retained their star (Nicolas Parrot cage) but completely altered their approach to the smoothness from the first film (which was cartoony and campy) to the second (which was grungier and weirder).
A Fantastic Four movie with Eileen B. Jordan, Mile after mile Teller, Jamie Bell, and Kate Mara could be fantastic; it’s just that this specific Fantastic Four film was not. (And, indeed, that is the understatement from the century.) Would I watch that same cast in a Fantastic Four 2? Certainly.