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    Fantastic Four 1994 never released

    The quality on this is poor. It appears to be a cam shot of a playback on TV from a bad VHS tape, screen jiggles a bit. Even the screencaps I made didn't turn out well, lots of duplicate pics. Anyway, it remains a curiosity more than anything. I used to have the complete set of the FF comics, sold them over 30 years ago for a nice sum. Probably worth a shitload more now, I don't want to find out how much...I even had X-Men, Avengers, Daredevil, and Spiderman #1 issues....Eventually, I'll add more movies to this thread.

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    Re: Fantastic Four 1994 never released

    Am sure i remember reading somewhere that this movie was only made because of a legal requirement to do so?
    Something to do with keeping hold of the rights to the title, meant that a movie had to be made, even if it was never intended for release.

    I understand that the actors involved knew nothing of this, and gave their all, despite the limitations of a 2 million dollar budget..


    The Fantastic Four is an unreleased low-budget (Estimated budget: $1,500,000) feature film completed in 1994. Created to secure copyright to the property, the producers never intended it for release, although the director, actors, and other participants were not informed of this fact. It was produced by low-budget specialist Roger Corman and Bernd Eichinger (who also produced another Fantastic Four movie in 2005). The film was based on the long-running comic book by Marvel Comics and featured the origin of the Fantastic Four and their first battle with the evil Doctor Doom
    In 1992, Constantin Film was about to lose its option on the film rights for Fantastic Four, unless production began by December. Without the $40 million in necessary funding for a full-budget film, producer Bernd Eichinger turned to Roger Corman for help.

    Constantin Film permitted the director, actors and others involved in the film to believe that the studio intended to release it in theaters, rather than the film being a cinematic equivalent of an ashcan copy. The cast and crew did the film for low salaries after being told that if it did not get released to theaters, it would be used as the pilot for a potential television series.

    Filming lasted a month and finished in January 1993, after which post-production began. The cast gave press interviews and attended comic book conventions in good faith. The studio announced a premiere date of 1994, at the Mall of America in Minnesota. In late 1993, the studio announced that the film would not be released because of the budget.

    Over a decade later, Constantin Film made a $100 million Fantastic Four film and its sequel, the $130 million Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

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