“Yeah, these movies are pretty dumb.”
Gotta love how the four actors who make up the Fantastic Four all treat a (non-) proposed Fantastic Four 3 sequel like a huge pile of lowbrow dishes in the sink. Actor Chris Evans, who plays Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in the cornball Marvel franchise, follows up recent “whatever”-like comments from co-stars Michael Chiklis (The Thing) and Jessica Alba (The Invisible
Mind Woman) with a similar cricket-call to MTV…
“I’m pretty sure we won’t do [another] one,” insisted “Fantastic Four” star Chris Evans. “I’m assuming that one is a closed book. …It takes up a lot of time. It’s a big commitment. I’m happy with walking away.”
Evans adds that if Fox wanted to make another flick following the last one, the $130 million grossing Rise of the Silver Surfer, they probably would have called him last summer. You know, Swingers logic. Thought to be a springboard for a spin-off movie focusing on The Silver Surfer (played by Doug Jones, voiced by Laurence Fishburne), the sequel made less than its 2005 predecessor domestically, but neither film is publicly viewed as a loss after DVD sales et al. Of course, if a trifecta does occur, Alba said in January that she wants to go the preggo route and give birth to superpowered infant Little Franklin. About time a comic book movie challenged Knocked Up‘s money shot, eh? Up in the beautiful early spring sky, Galactus’s cloud doesn’t move.
Discuss: Okay, so who’s the guy with the Fantastic Four voodoo dolls? I owe you a beer.
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It’s mighty windy outside and the news is a tad slow today, so let’s cherish a moment to contemplate what mystery “comic book trilogy” actor Djimon Hounsou recently said he’s set to star in. IESB, which broke the story after Hounsou cryptically announced the news at a press conference for Never Back Down, speculates that he’s either referring to Marvel superhero Black Panther or Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s planned Tintin trilogy. Hounsou reportedly called this his “dream project.”
Regarding Black Panther, last May the character was mentioned as a possible plot point in the second sequel to Fantastic Four by director Tim Story. The guy went as far as namedropping Hounsou for the role. Would you be interested in seeing three films starring this character, and do you think it sounds like a wise investment? Besides being black, Black Panther shares similar unproven stature on the comic canon totem with Blade, so it’s possible. Then again, the similarity in costume between BP and Batman is uncanny, see pic to the right. Would a film(s) call for a total redesign or what? At several points over the last decade, Wesley Snipes and director John Singleton have attached themselves to the project, and Marvel Studios has had a film on deck since 2005.
As for Tintin, it’s an ambitious set of films and sure to be lucrative. Spielberg gave Hounsou his big break with 1997’s Amistad, so there’s def a connection. But referring to it as a “comic book dream project” carries the same iffiness as “trilogy” to Black Panther. More on this as it develops.
Update: Might Djimon Hounsou be referring to a Conan property? Apparently so, judging from an audio clip from the conference over at CHUD. Now we have even more questions than answers, sweet.
Discuss: Any other ideas?
Jessica Alba is the Britney Spears of actresses. As Dennis Hopper says as he ashes, “It’s a fact.” Rumor is, Alba was invented a la Vanessa Angel on Weird Science for us movie blogs on slow days. Want to make a good and original Internet buck? Make a 2008 calendar with Jessica Alba fully clothed 12 times, or better yet, 14. Today, she confirmed to IESB that a Fantastic Four 3 is in the works, or was…
“I know the writers strike and the impending actors strike has kind of put a wrench in everything production wise. That film takes a lot of prep, a good six months of prep and about six months to shoot. With the strike, I think, maybe it’s put on hold.”
Cloy to the world: Enter “Little Franklin” into the franchise, mighty son of Alba’s Sue Storm…
“Little Franklin? Yeah, I think that would be hilarious. He’s so powerful, I think that would be a really interesting dynamic a mother-child dynamic. She’s still a superhero but she’s super-protective and he’s wild, he can do anything and has no sense of what’s appropriate, that would be really fun.”
And I’m convinced that if two more interviewers inquire about a Dark Angel theatrical movie, it will become a reality, like Beetlejuice…
We’ve talked about it, I want to work with Jim so I would pretty much do anything he wants to do.”
Somewhere outside an overrated party in L.A., the Silver Surfer is desperately texting his agent about a solo film as The CobraSnake snaps a photo of his fannypack and Nike Dunks.