Paul Walter Hauser Talks Complicated Development of ‘The Fantastic Four’ Reboot: ”Film Has an Insane Amount of Pressure on It”

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The upcoming ‘The Fantastic Four’ reboot is one of the most talked about projects currently in development. The movie is supposed to reboot the older ‘Fantastic Four’ franchise which was met with mixed reviews at best.

The movie is also being released in quite an uncomfortable time when Marvel Studios is under scrutiny due to releasing several sub-par projects in the last few years. A cycle that led to fans generally losing interest, and Disney breaking unflattering record as the biggest box-office loser of 2023.

Paul Walter Hauser, recently cast for the movie in an undisclosed role, talked to Screen Rant, and commented on the development of the movie so far, stating that extra care is being put in the movie, as it can’t fail. The studio cannot have another massive flop on its hands.

I think it’s the folks who are involved. The writers and the director, Matt Shakman, his department heads and the cast alone. I just looked at it and I went, I have a guttural instinct that this will be a special movie with or without me, and I want to be a part of this. And I think this is all before Bob Iger made his announcement of, hey, we’re only doing two or three movies a year, two or three TV shows a year. I signed on to this before that announcement was made. So now the directive and connotation that I’m getting from that announcement is that they are putting extra effort and concerted care into what they put out into the world and how they service their audience.

Paul also stated that there is a huge amount of pressure on them to make a good movie, I mean that’s how it’s always supposed to be.

So this Fantastic Four film has an insane amount of pressure on it between the films that underperformed from the same characters and then from the perspective of Iger and the family there, and Kevin Feige not wanting to overexpose their IP. And so I look at it like batter up. Whatever small piece of the puzzle I’m playing in that film, I’m going to give it my entire heart and soul, and try to enjoy the process, because it is very special to be a kid who grew up enjoying comic books, and animated shows and movies, and now getting to be some part of that. It’s really special.

As I’ve mentioned before, the previous ‘Fantastic Four’ series was pretty bad I guess, depending on who you ask, and this upcoming movie absolutely has to outperform that. I’m confident that Marvel Studios will absolutely make a decent movie out of it, that’s better than we had but I would also be lying if I didn’t mention that fans are already cautious when it comes to expectations.

A quite large backlash was directed toward the movie when it was announced that MCU’s version of Silver Surfer will be female, Shalla-Bal, played by Julia Garner. There’s also the fact that a large number of fans absolutely hate Pedro Pascal in the role of Reed Richards, and aren’t too keen on Joseph Quinn as Human Torch as well.

Logically we can’t criticize the movie before it’s been released, but I can absolutely understand the pressure that Paul is referencing. Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!

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