Fantastic Four reboot news round-up

News Simon Brew
4 Feb 2014 - 09:12

UPDATE: Following a threat of legal action, we have now amended this story.

In spite of Josh Trank debunking the Fantastic Four reboot synopsis we ran in the story as false, we've now had a letter from lawyers acting for Fox, saying that "It has come to our attention that you have posted a purported plot details from the Fox Property on your website", adding that "These purported plot details provide important qualitative details about character, plot, setting and mood, thereby violating Fox's rights in the copyrights to the screenplay of the Fox Property".

Well: if they're not true, then Fox has no legal jurisdiction over them. So what we originally thought to be false now appears to be partly confirmed at least, as a result of well-paid lawyers demanding their removal. It's the same bunch of lawyers who were responsible for sending us legal threats over being nice to the RoboCop reboot - you can read all about that here.

They've not lost their ability to tell us off, either: "Further, the disclosure of purported plot details is harmful to Fox and to the filmmakers hard at work on the project.  Disclosure of uncontrolled information about the Fox Property prior to its release diminishes the value of Fox's rights in the Fox Property and deprives the filmmakers of the opportunity to present the film to the public the way they intended.  It also spoils the theater experience for fans who do not want to know even the rough storyline beforehand".

There's no copyright on rumours, we should reiterate. The definition of the word 'purported', from, is:

verb (used with object) 1. to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely: a document purporting to be official. 2. to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply.

Here's the original story. The irony isn't lost on us that we only seem to get legal threats about things we're generally nice to.

And, for the record, we remain enthusiastic about this film, mainly because of the involvement of the excellent Josh Trank...

Set to (purportedly - Ed) begin shooting at the end of March ahead of its June 2015 release date, Josh Trank's reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise is currently (purportedly - Ed) deep in casting. Earlier in the week, we brought you news of names that had been linked with the film (including Kit Harrington, Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Saoirse Ronan and Richard Madden). And we've got one or two extra bits of news here.

Firstly then, Miles Teller has now confirmed that he has indeed been in talks with regards the film. He's the running favourite for the role of Reed Richards (purportedly a character in the film - Ed), and he told Collider that "I think, you know, if that were to happen, I think the characters would be taken in a different direction than the kind of blue suits and stuff from the franchise that had previously been done, which you’d have to if you’re gonna reboot something, you really got to kind of put your own spin on it. But with that being said, all I need is like, a couple weeks to just get my body back in shape".

Teller will next be seen in That Awkward Moment (we've seen that, so we know that's true - Ed), out later this month, and Divergent, out in March (we've not seen that, but it says say on IMDB, so must be true - Ed).

A casting call has gone up, meanwhile, at Acting Auditions. This may just be holding information, but it does (purportedly - Ed) suggest a thing or two about the (purported - Ed) direction of the film. Pinches of salt wouldn't hurt here though (it says the film will start production in February, for instance, and we don't think that's true). Still, it (purportedly - Ed) says:


Whether that all proves to be the direction of the film or not, it's clear anyway we're getting (purportedly - Ed) a very different beast from Tim Story's pair of Fantastic Four movies. We think we can say Tim Story directed the last two without getting into trouble, anyway.

Testing of actors is (purportedly - Ed) set to start by the end of the month, and we'd imagine the cast will be all but locked in place in a few weeks' time. (Purportedly - Ed).

We shall, of course, keep you posted. Purportedly.

Acting Auditions.

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