PG | | Action, Adventure, Family
In the mid 1980s German film producers Constantin Film bought a ten year option the rights from Marvel Comics for an initial $250,000. Just before the ten year option ran out, and in order to meet the terms of the contract so they would have first refusal to renew them, Constantin hurriedly had put this film into production. Marvel were not impressed at the low budget results and in order to avoid damaging the brand they quietly bought the few film prints and negative from Constantin Film to avoid the possibility of it getting any kind of theatrical or video release. (but not before somebody in the industry had managed to make an illicit video copy). Both Roger Corman (who produced the film), the director Oley Sassone and the cast and crew of the film were not consulted or informed of this move, as there were indeed plans in place for a small theatrical release and a trailer had been made with this in mind. It is rumored that Marvel subsequently had all the film prints and the negative destroyed. The end result was that Constantin Film were able to keep another ten year option on the Fantastic Four film series. After Constantin secured funding from 20th Century Fox the big budget version Fantastic Four (2005) was made. After the box office success of the 2005 version, and several years before Marvel had formed their own film studios, Marvel then renewed Constantin Film's ten year option and this resulted in the sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) and the reboot Fantastic Four (2015). However the critical and financial failure of the 2015 version made Fox get cold feet in the FF project and withdrew to concentrate on keeping hold of its more successful and profitable Marvel Franchise, 'The X-Men'. At present it is not known if Constantin Film renewed the rights or if they have finally reverted back to Marvel.
Let's go home.
Mr. Fantastic: Let's hope we have a home to go home to.
(at around 1h 15 mins) Following the Fantastic Four's escape from Dr. Doom's captivity, they arrive back in the city. Even though no time at all has passed since them, they now apparently have their own building with a "Number Four" logo on the side and an aerial transport vehicle. They did not have time to put their logo on the building or build/acquire the vehicle.