Now that the early buzz on both The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man has begun to come in, indicating that both films are set to be critical and financial winners, it’s time now for studios to look at previously released Marvel properties and ask “How the hell can we cash in on this?” The answer? Take an established, but soullessly awful, Marvel comic film franchise, and promising but inexpensive young director, and tie them together with a little something called “the reboot.”
Yes, it seems that Fox is looking to restart the terrible—just plain terrible—Fantastic Four film franchise (say that five times, fast), and is assigning the job to Chronicle director Josh Trank.
It’s a savvy move, as Trank’s Chronicle mined similar thematic territory (a group of friends gain superpowers), and did so very well. Also, Trank’s an up and comer, so his price isn’t so high as to limit his cost-effectiveness.
The news was confirmed at the recent CinemaCon, where Fox CEO Tom Rothman stated that Trank had been tasked with “developing a new take” on the Fantastic Four.
Josh Trank who did Chronicle, I think this has been reported, is gonna come on and work on a take, or a vision, that he has for it, so we’re very excited about that.
However, Rothman was quick to add that while the Fantastic Four reboot will be stewarded by Trank, it may not be directed by him:
Well, I think there’s a possibility of [him directing]. I mean he’s gonna develop it now, and then it depends on the script.
So there you have it—a new Fantastic Four is on the way (personally, I’d prefer to see the Punisher finally get a decent film).
What do you think—who would you like to see direct The Fantastic Four reboot?