This Day in Movie History – August 7th, 2015 – Fant4stic Released in Theaters

A film reboot of an iconic comic book franchise was released two years ago today.

Fantastic Four, often seen in posters and ads as Fant4stic (pronounced by some as “Fan-4-Stick.”), was released in theaters across the United States on August 7th, 2015. The film was directed by Josh Trank and written by Trank, Jeremy Slater, and Simon Kinberg.

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Fantastic Four, often seen in posters and ads as Fant4stic (pronounced by some as “Fan-4-Stick.”), was released in theaters across the United States on August 7th, 2015. The film was directed by Josh Trank and written by Trank, Jeremy Slater, and Simon Kinberg. Courtesy: Marvel / 20th Century FOX

Although Fantastic Four is a Marvel Comics property, the rights are currently not owned for film by them, instead by 20th Century Fox, who also released two previous Fantastic 4 films in the previous decade. This film took a complete reboot approach with new actors, a new origin story, and more.

In the film, the four come together as part of a mission by NASA to explorer a different dimension–one that will change their lives, and the lives of their associate, Victor von Doom, forever.

The Fantastic Four in this film are portrayed by Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell. The film, with a budget of $120 million (for production alone) made back only $168 million worldwide. Before its release, it was plagued with rumors and reports of production troubles. Afterwards, it would get many negative reviews and go on to win several Golden Raspberry awards for the year.

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