Deadline reports that Josh Trank, best known for directing Chronicle, has been confirmed by 20th Century Fox as the man to direct their reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise.
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Fantastic Four is set to feature an all-new cast, and is planned to slot into the production line after the next two planned installments in Fox’s X-Men franchise, The Wolverine, and a sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Indeed, it is believed that it will be the next film with Trank will tackle, meaning it could go into production as early as next year.
The reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise comes as no surprise, after despite grossing $620 million worldwide with 2005’s Fantastic Four, and the sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the film’s were not a great critical success. And with the rights deal to X-Men, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four being retained as long as films are continually made in a certain time frame, it was only a matter of time until something came to fruition.
Indeed, regarding the Daredevil reboot, David Slade has recently dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, meaning that film is up in the air once more. Anyone expect a rushed film to ensure the rights don’t revert back to Marvel?