'Fantastic Four' Acquires 'X-Men: First Class' Director Matthew Vaughn as a ProducerJacob Hall |
For years, comic writer extraordinaire and 'Kick-Ass' creator Mark Millar was a man whose word you always took with a grain (or a pound) of salt. All of that changed when Fox put Millar at the helm of their superhero franchises, using him to help create a unified vision (see: Marvel Studios and Disney). Now Millar's words carry some actual weight! So when he says that 'X-Men: First Class' director Matthew Vaughn is producing Josh Trank's upcoming 'Fantastic Four' reboot, we believe him!
Millar, taking a cue from 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' director Marc Webb and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' director Bryan Singer, announced the news on his Twitter feed, bypassing the trades altogether:
Just off the phone with Fox and some excellent news - Matthew Vaughn is producing Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot!
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) February 22, 2013
The two of them already share a history: Vaughn directed the film adaptation of Millar's 'Kick-Ass' back in 2010 and is currently producing 'Kick-Ass 2.' Vaughn also has his fair share of experience working in more populist superhero fare, having directed the generally well liked 'X-Men: First Class' (he also almost directed both 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' 'Days of Future Past' and 'Thor'). Toss in director Josh Trank, whose 'Chronicle' was one of 2012's quiet gems, and you've got a team that knows a thing or two about superheroes!
We don't know too much about Trank's vision for 'Fantastic Four,' but we're pretty sure it can't be any worse than the original 2005 film and its equally atrocious 2007 sequel. In a post-'Avengers' world, that kind of lazy vision simply isn't going to fly. We can only have faith that Trank and screenwriter Jeremy Slater understand why Marvel's first family have endured for so long...and that Millar and Vaughn do what good producers do: let the filmmakers fulfill their vision.
'Fantastic Four' is scheduled to arrive on March 6, 2015, which means we'll definitely start hearing more about the film in the coming months.