Twentieth Century Fox has removed a planned sequel to this year’s disastrous Fantastic Four reboot from its schedule after the first film received a universally negative reception from critics and audiences alike.
The sequel was originally scheduled for a June 9, 2017 release after being moved around multiple times. It’s now been removed from Fox’s schedule of upcoming films without comment from the studio, likely signalling that it’ll never see the light of day.
Controversy surrounded the young franchise before its release as director Josh Trank (Chronicle, The Kill Point) tweeted the day before the film’s release complaining of studio interference and the film’s quality. The tweet read, “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
Reports also surfaced of Trank’s difficult behaviour on set, including confrontations with actors and abrasive interactions with crew members.
The film starred Miles Teller (Whiplash, Insurgent), Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, That Awkward Moment), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Kate Mara (House of Cards, The Martian), BAFTA Film Award winner Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, King Kong), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Primetime Emmy Award winner Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards, Seven) and Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk, Kill the Messenger).
This is 20th Century Fox’s second critically panned attempt at a Fantastic Four franchise following the 2005 film of the same name and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer).