Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot was a disaster. The director took to Twitter on the day of release to publicly disown the movie (which had been plagued by troubling rumours since day one), and a number of reports followed, revealing the shocking and bizarre behaviour of the filmmaker on set.
Throw in reports that Fox made his life pretty difficult with budget cuts and unreasonable sounding demands, and it’s ultimately far from a surprise that the film, which stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, was a huge critical and commercial flop upon release.
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As a result of that, the fate of the Fantastic Four franchise is unknown. As hard as it is to imagine Fox forging ahead with the sequel – which still holds a 2017 release date – stranger things have happened, and there’s every chance the studio will try one last time to salvage these characters before throwing in the towel once and for all.
So, how can they save the franchise at this point? While it may appear as if they’re past the point of return, Fox still have a number of options to consider, and while none are guaranteed to succeed, they no doubt stand a chance of doing so if handled the right way.
Here, you will find the eight best ways that the Fantastic Four franchise can be saved before it’s too late.