A Fox Exec Says What?

Fox chairman Tom Rothman has spoken out about how the success of Marvel’s self produced movies is forcing Fox (and I would think Sony) to up the ante with its own Marvel movies. He notes that the key is the scripts.

“I think for all of us, the bar has been raised, so we’ve got to aim high now. Marvel’s done a terrific job with their films. Where our Marvel movies are concerned or other movies like that. I think it’s important for us to really aim high and deliver an A-level experience to the audience.”

Really? So until Marvel Studios came along, did Fox just figured they could throw any old thing at the screen and we would watch it and shower them with money? I guess up until now they were just aiming for a C or B level experience for the audience and didn’t really want to strain themselves too much. Here’s an idea Hollywood, instead of trying to crank out 100+ meh movies a year, how about focusing on giving us 20 to 30 really good movies a year? I understand they can’t all be Lord Of the Rings, The Empire Strikes Back, or Ghostbusters, but we certainly don’t need as many Elektra and Catwoman class movies as we get.

Rothman confirmed that Fox still retains the Fantastic Four and Daredevil film rights, and that reboots for both properties are in the works.

“Daredevil is still with David Slade. It’s in development now. We’re working on it and Fantastic Four.”

As for the much anticipated sequel to X-Men First Class?

“We’re trying like hell. We’re trying as hard as we can. We really want to do it. We’re planning to do it. The key to making a great continuing franchise is to have a great script, so we’re working hard on it.”

Wait, What? Did he really just say that? It’s taken Fox how long to realize that the key to a great continuing franchise is to have great scripts?  You would think that a movie studio like Fox could afford a decent writer to script what their executives are going to say during interviews, or maybe their execs don’t rate that A-level experience.






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