Fantastic Four reboot news update

News Simon Brew 27 Feb 2013 - 06:56
Not fantastic enough, apparently.

Seth Grahame-Smith is the latest to jump aboard Josh Trank's new Fantastic Four movie...

At the end of last week, it was revealed by Mark Millar that Matthew Vaughn had joined the reboot of the Fantastic Four movie series. Millar, who's acting as consultant on 20th Century Fox's Marvel movies, broke the news on his Twitter account. It's been known for some time, too, that Chronicle helmer Josh Trank is the man directing the new Fantastic Four movie.

The film isn't expected to go before the cameras until the end of the year, but one or two new pieces of information have come to light.

Firstly, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, as well as screenwriter on Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has come on board to do some script polishing.

In the same report, it's been revealed that Josh Trank is looking for a 'grounded superhero and sci-fi' direction for the film. The film will also, according to The Hollywood Reporter, 'tap deep into the comics mythology'.

We'll keep you posted as we hear more. Fantastic Four is due for release in March 2014.

The Hollywood Reporter.

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'Grounded superhero sci-fi direction for the film', sounds interesting. Josh Trank in my opinion is a great choice for the director, he did a great job with Chronicle and with a bigger budget and great characters, this good be great. I hope he manages to keep the struggles of having powers in the film, like he did with Chronicle.

The one reason this franchise is being rebooted (IMHO) is because Captain America can not also be the Human Torch. I wonder if this means we will see the FF in the next Avengers movie?

Seriously?? or am I missing the tone of sarcasm?

Lets hope they do this right, I hope 'grounded' doesn't mean the need to shun a CG Thing, coz The Thing needs to be cg, ala Hulk in avengers.

Maybe he's thinking of taking it in the 'The Right Stuff' kind of direction so that you feel that the FF really are on right on the cutting edge where anything can and will go wrong as they push the boundaries of science and human experience and achievement?

He certainly made Chronicle feel grounded and that wasn't just through the found footage style, the performances and script helped with that too.

I liked the two films made.

They were fun comic book films that didn't take themselves too seriously.


Fox has the rights to X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The new X-Men film 'Days of Future Past' will connect 'First Class' with the exisiting trilogy and the two Wolverine films. The new Fantasic Four is being made to fit into this X-Men universe.

Sounds weird doesn't it? He's right though, so as much as ff would make more sense with avengers than with xmen, it ain't gonna happen

Well that's FF down the pan the writer has already proved to be awful as both Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter were terrible

No he doesn't

I thought the previous Ben was pretty good. But CG Thing on an Avengers quality level would be great too.

With Trank in mind, I'd be interested in seeing the first few scenes with the FF up in space being hit by the storm done in the same found-footage way as Chronicle, maybe. Could be an interesting directorial choice, but seeing as it took the retrospect of Chronicle for me to come to the conclusion, it might seem a bit unoriginal for him to re-visit the gimmick in a film of a roughly similar genre. I have faith, though. I was only young when the first two films came out and loved them. Looking back now, I'm not sure why at all...

I'm a little bit surprised by the love Chronicle gets here. I thought it was a decent premise and well made but the script itself was awful. The dialogue felt stilted and really prevented me from connecting with any of the characters.

Dialogue wasn't an issue for me, I liked it because it developed slowly with some cool twists at a few points. Okay, it stretched the found footage aspect almost to breaking point in order to achieve some of the shots and continue the narrative during the the climactic scenes, however the way DeHaan's character was affected by his new powers was well done and I appreciated the fact that there was no Hollywood resolution where he comes back from the brink.

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