Just because Fox won’t be at Comic Con this year, doesn’t mean the company isn’t still making news; details have just been released about two Fox reboots of Marvel properties, with Chronicle director Josh Trank officially set for Fantastic Four and David Slade dropping off the Daredevil remake, meaning the hunt is on for a new DD director. Read on for more.
Yes, it’s back to the world of reboots… anyone getting tired of these, yet? Deadline has reported that Fantastic Four will be the next Marvel film Fox dates for release, followed by The Wolverine and X-Men: First Class 2. We knew a script was in the works, and that Trank was developing the film, but this is the first official news we’ve heard on the project in a while. The film will feature a new cast and a new take on the characters. Deadline predicts that FF will likely be Trank’s next movie. (Implying he might not end up doing Shadow of the Colossus after all.)
Next, we’ve got Daredevil, which now won’t be directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). Fox is getting close to the wire with Daredevil, and will lose the rights to the character if the new film isn’t in production by this fall. Slade couldn’t make the schedule work, reportedly, so Fox is currently on the lookout for a new director – and because they’ll most likely want to retain the rights to Daredevil, we can probably expect an announcement on that sometime very soon.
On the off-chance that Fox will decide not to rush things, and let Daredevil go back to Marvel, things could get interesting – they may be able to include more villains, such as the Hand Ninjas, which Fox currently doesn’t have the rights to. But apparently Fox is so into the David James Kelly script, that if a compatible director can be plucked from somewhere (anywhere?), they’ll likely go ahead with the remake.
Because of the same rights reversion threat, it’s also likely that Fantastic Four will move forward quickly, too. Fox has more time with FF – but still has to have something on screens within the next couple of years, or risk the rights going back to Marvel – so there’ll be less of a mad dash to squeeze a film out before the rights end and the gig is up.
What do you think of the idea of Fantastic Four and Daredevil reboots? Are they necessary?