The wheels keep rolling forward on 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) has already been brought in to produce, and Josh Trank (Chronicle) has been brought in to direct. And now Seth Grahame-Smith, whose screenwriting credits so far are Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. So this should go really, really well.
In all seriousness, we’ll try to keep an open mind about this, but both Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter were tonal mishmashes that limped onto the big screen and were total clunkers. While those film’s failures are not entirely on the shoulders of Grahame-Smith, he isn’t exactly a screenwriter who inspires a lot of hope or admiration at this point. And considering the fact that he’s doing a rewrite polish on a script that involves a man who can stretch his body to any length, a guy made of stone, a guy who can spontaneously combust, and an invisible lady, all of whom do battle with a guy in a metal suit and green cloak who calls himself Dr. Doom, well… let’s just say it’s more than a little disheartening.
However, as /Film notes, the fact that Grahame-Smith is being brought in for a polish only is suggestive of a minimal rewrite, as a opposed to a total overhaul.
Grahame-Smith is also known for the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies novel, and has been tapped to pen the script for Beetlejuice 2.
What do you think of the Fantastic Four news?