Flame on, 'Fantastic Four'! It looks like the casting search for 20th Century Fox's upcoming reboot of the Marvel property is well underway. Just the other day, word was that 'Girls' star Allison Williams was on the (very early) short list for Susan Storm (aka Invisible Woman) and now we've learned that the studio is looking to fill the role of the Human Torch with someone from the 'Chronicle' world.
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!
None of the 'Fantastic Four' movies made have been any good but that doesn't mean they're going to stop trying. Fox is actively working on a 'Fantastic Four' reboot with 'Chronicle' director Josh Trank and the man behind all of Fox's superhero movies says it will be unlike anything you've ever seen.
The stars are aligning for the upcoming reboot of the 'Fantastic Four' franchise. First, the film found a young, hungry and talented director in Josh Trank, whose 'Chronicle' was one of the surprise hits of 2012. Then it landed a talented screenwriting team in Jeremy Slater and Michael Green. Of course, the whole thing has to actually work if it's going to be any good, but now we know how long these guys will have to make it work. The official release date for the new 'Fantastic Four' is...
'The Amazing Spider-Man' has cleared $150 Million domestically and $350 worldwide, which means that studios can feel safe about rebooting their superhero films. And with 'The Avengers' and Spidey kicking box office butt, Fox is looking to move forward on rebooting 'Fantastic Four' and 'Daredevil.'
Josh Trank has been one of the most buzzed about directors of late after his film 'Chronicle' made $63 Million (and more internationally). One would think directing a found footage film wouldn't lead to prestige, but 20th Century Fox was courting him for 'The Fantastic Four' reboot, and he was rumored to be heading up the Spider-Man spin-off 'Venom.' Now it looks like Trank is attached to yet another comic adaptation.
'Chronicle', the found-footage entry into the superhero genre, was a surprise critical and commercial hit for Fox earlier this year. The studio knew it had something special with 'Chronicle' and its director Josh Trank before the movie was released and discussions soon began about Trank working with Fox on rebooting one of their bigger-budgeted Marvel properties, 'Fantastic Four'. Now it looks like Trank will in fact work on a Marvel superhero film next but it won't be for Fox.