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A writer is found for the Fantastic Four flick

Jul. 16, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Seems this FANTASTIC FOUR thing is really happening after all. I used to care about the Fantastic Four when I was maybe eight years old, but other sorts of stories with other sorts of heroes have since come to hold my interest (I'm more a Batman/Hellboy guy now, with some Daredevil and Dr. Strange thrown in there for good measure).  But I'll still see the movie, and the creative team being put together is definitely an interesting one - it's the bit about still being owned by Fox that worries me, despite how much I truly enjoyed FIRST CLASS.

Josh Trank (CHRONICLE) officially signed on as the director just last week, and now a writer named Jeremy Slater is in final talks to write the thing.  He currently has a Lovecraft-themed script called TAPE 4 in the works, so the genre love is definitely there. 

This all being said, the jury's still out on what all this means for Trank's possible adaptations of THE RED STAR, VENOM, and SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS.  Would you prefer that Trank tackled one of those, or do you think he's a better fit for the Fantastic Four? And did FIRST CLASS sufficiently restore your faith in Fox, or are you still wary?

Extra Tidbit: Let's get some title suggestions! Fantastic Begins? Fantastic Returns? Fantastic Four: Origins? All Four Fantastic and Fantastic Four All? The Fantasticks?

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12:23AM on 07/17/2012

holy fuck...

just hand over to marvel and they'll do it right. for fuck's sake...the Silver Surfer's power is in his board? Did these asshats ever read FF? And for the love of God, get the casting right Chiklis and Evans were great, but a latino white woman? fuckin bad casting, and a wb Doom, worse yet.

just hand over to marvel and they'll do it right. for fuck's sake...the Silver Surfer's power is in his board? Did these asshats ever read FF? And for the love of God, get the casting right Chiklis and Evans were great, but a latino white woman? fuckin bad casting, and a wb Doom, worse yet.

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12:22AM on 07/17/2012

Ugh...

Imagine what Marvel Studios could be doing with the FF, now that they're introducing so many of they're space characters. (Sigh...)
Imagine what Marvel Studios could be doing with the FF, now that they're introducing so many of they're space characters. (Sigh...)
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7:44PM on 07/16/2012

Skip the movie...

Make a live action television show!!!
Make a live action television show!!!
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2:24PM on 07/16/2012

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Fantastic Four: Play; when Reed met Sue, Rated R
Fantastic 4: The Hood; A hiphop star becomes a super-villain in an autotune experiment (as always in New York comic-movies/books) gone wrong
Fantastic Four: Get!; the team chases Dr. Doom through time to the Old West

Unless they are planning an animated movie this just wont work because their origin story was just wrong to begin with. I can accept a [link] modified spider biting Peter Parker, the turtles and the mysterious Ooze but being
Fantastic Four: Play; when Reed met Sue, Rated R
Fantastic 4: The Hood; A hiphop star becomes a super-villain in an autotune experiment (as always in New York comic-movies/books) gone wrong
Fantastic Four: Get!; the team chases Dr. Doom through time to the Old West

Unless they are planning an animated movie this just wont work because their origin story was just wrong to begin with. I can accept a [link] modified spider biting Peter Parker, the turtles and the mysterious Ooze but being EQUALLY exposed to cosmic-rays and you come out different with no explanation is where I draw the line (unless if was 8yrs old).
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12:10PM on 07/16/2012

Sick of origin stories

They need to just realize people know who these characters are. Maybe have the first 5 minute intro/credits be a simple backstory but make it something other than Dr. Doom vs F4. This needs to be done waaaay better than the past two movies. The story needs to challenge the heroes. Maybe do Diablo or Super Skrull.
They need to just realize people know who these characters are. Maybe have the first 5 minute intro/credits be a simple backstory but make it something other than Dr. Doom vs F4. This needs to be done waaaay better than the past two movies. The story needs to challenge the heroes. Maybe do Diablo or Super Skrull.
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10:50AM on 07/16/2012
The next Fantastic Four deserves a chance, and the involved parties give the project that chance. Trank knows and loves his superhero stuff. Slater is an unknown. Sometimes, outsiders are the new approach that revitalizes art. Sometimes, new people are studio puppets that a studio can misdirect badly. Fox gets some comic-book stuff really right: the X-Men franchise overall, the Nick Fury TV movie, the Star Wars movies (if they count), and the first season of Human Target. Fox botches other
The next Fantastic Four deserves a chance, and the involved parties give the project that chance. Trank knows and loves his superhero stuff. Slater is an unknown. Sometimes, outsiders are the new approach that revitalizes art. Sometimes, new people are studio puppets that a studio can misdirect badly. Fox gets some comic-book stuff really right: the X-Men franchise overall, the Nick Fury TV movie, the Star Wars movies (if they count), and the first season of Human Target. Fox botches other stuff: X-Men 3, Daredevil (although the director and screenwriter contributed to the disappointment), and the last season of Human Target.
I am hopeful for this next Fantastic Four franchise. Perhaps, Fox and friends can produce something appealing to all ages, not just kids.
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9:32AM on 07/16/2012
Extra tidbit: Just "The Fantastic Four" would do, I think.
Extra tidbit: Just "The Fantastic Four" would do, I think.
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