Update: Fox has confirmed to Comicbook.com that the initial report from Den of Geek is inaccurate. As it stands, the rights for Fantastic Four remain with Fox and they still have plans to produce a sequel to the latest installment.
20th Century Fox has confirmed to ComicBook.com that the film rights to the Fantastic Four remain at the studio, despite rumors to the contrary.
You can read the original report below.
After Marvel announced yesterday that they were partnering with Fox to produce two X-Men television shows – “Hellfire” and “Legion” – many fans began to speculate what that meant for the Fantastic Four. While Fox owned the film rights for X-Men, Marvel still had to sign off on any possible television project Fox hoped to create using the X-Men had to be signed off on by Marvel. When it was initially reported that Fox was hoping to bring the X-Men to the small screen earlier this year, many assumed Marvel would never agree to it, as it has been rumored that the relationship between the two studios has been far from desirable. So, with the two playing nice with this new television deal and Fox’s latest attempt to reboot the Fantastic Four flopping horribly at the box office, it didn’t take long for speculation to ramp back up regarding Marvel’s First Family.
Cut to this morning.
According to Den of Geek, Marvel Studios has in fact struck a deal for the return of the Fantastic Four rights to Marvel Studios.
According to our source, Fox were given the TV rights for X-Men in exchange for Fantastic Four. The deal’s been in the works for some time, we’re told, and further, the timing of Marvel’s recent announcement of its movie slate leading up to the year 2020 and the X-Men TV series is no coincidence.
You may remember that there are three, so-far untitled films on Marvel’s schedule in five years’ time. We’re told that one of those films is a Fantastic Four movie.
Now, while this should be taken as a rumor until there’s at least some sort of confirmation from the trades, this is something that would sense. Fox has tried to launch a Fantastic Four franchise twice now, and neither attempt was successful. With Marvel announcing three more films out of nowhere last week, without any indication of what they could be, and Fox and Marvel announcing a joint television deal just yesterday? It’s hard not to think it’s more than coincidental.
Source: Den of Geek.