‘Fantastic Four’ Overhaul in the Works

Just as Disney is busy scooping up Marvel and its stable of superheroes, Fox is at work overhauling one of its big Marvel franchises: Fantastic Four.

The studio has set Akiva Goldsman to oversee the next picture with Heroes co-executive producer Michael Green on script duty. Fox controls Fantastic Four in perpetuity, as long as it continues making the films, Variety notes.

Fox also has the same deal with Marvel properties X-Men, Daredevil and Silver Surfer. Marvel is a producer and financial participant through a licensing agreement.

Fox had no comment on its plans for Fantastic Four, and it is as-yet unclear if any of the stars of the 2005 Fantastic Four and 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer will return. Tim Story directed those films, which starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica AlbaChris Evans and Michael Chiklis.

Fox has so far made one X-Men spinoff in Wolverine. The studio is working on a sequel to that film and has scripts for X-Men Origins: First Class and X-Men Origins: Magneto.

Potential spinoffs for the Gambit and Deadpool characters have also been discussed.

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