Twentieth Century Fox is moving forward on a new 'Fantastic Four' film with Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman as producer and with a script by 'Heroes' co-executive producer Michael Green. Green is also the co-screenwriter of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Green Lantern' set to star Ryan Reynolds.
more on the story at:Though Marvel Entertainment owns and finances properties like “Iron Man” and “Thor,” Fox controls “Fantastic Four” in perpetuity—as long as it continues making the films. Fox has the same arrangement on Marvel Comics properties “X-Men,” “Daredevil,” and “Silver Surfer” --which, despite an appearance in the "Fantastic Four" sequel, is still a Fox priority for a solo film.
Marvel is a producer and financial participant through a licensing agreement signed before Marvel franchises had the drawing power they have now. In fact, the original deal was made back when Marvel was struggling to pull itself out of bankruptcy in 1997.
Fox Re-Boots Marvel's Fantastic Four
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