20th Century Fox has changed the title of its upcoming Fantastic Four sequel from Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, according to SuperHeroHype.com. Reuniting director Tim Story with stars Michael Chiklis, Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Julian McMahon, the film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 15, 2007. Doug Jones (Hellboy) is rumored to play the CG-animated Silver Surfer.
The next movie will reportedly have intergalactic herald The Silver Surfer arriving on Earth to prepare it for destruction. In addition to dealing with the new threat, Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, Johnny Blaze and Thing have to cope with the return of arch nemesis Dr. Doom. The new title is reminiscent of the Marvel/Lionsgate animated feature, Ultimate Avengers II: Rise of the Panther, which was released directly to home video last week.
The first Fantasitc Four film opened in July of 2005 and ended up earning more than $330 million worldwide despite lackluster reviews and some discontent among hardcore comic-book fans. Based on the long-running Marvel Comics series, the films center on a group of astronauts who are exposed to cosmic radiation and develop unique abilities.