Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Chronicle director Josh Trank being eyed for Fantastic Four reboot

01.18.2012

Josh Trank, director of the upcoming “paranormal superheroes” movie CHRONICLE is in talks to take the reigns of Fox’s reboot of Marvel’s “Fantastic Four.” “Fantastic Four.” Apparently, Trank has impressed studio exec’s with his work on CHRONICLE and it’s just a waiting game to see if the pic performs well at the box office, which would lead to an official offer. Currently, Michael Green (GREEN LANTERN) is finishing up the latest draft of the script, which is hopefully better than the final product that was GREEN LANTERN.

Tim Story directed the first two FANTASTIC FOUR films, which went on to gross buckets of cash and mountains of hatred from die-hard fans. Personally, I find the FF pretty boring, but I know there are plenty who don’t.

Fantastic Four, in case you are unaware, is about four scientists who embark on a test flight into space only to encounter cosmic rays, which mutate them into superheroes. Once returned to earth they put on tight-fitting costumes with the number four on them and beat up similarly powered bad guys. You get the gist.

CHRONICLE’s similar formula fits right in line with hiring Trank for FF, but you have to wonder why someone would want to remake the same type of film with a bigger budget.

It was announced a while ago that Fox would be rebooting, well, pretty much every superhero property they own, which accounts for X-MEN, DAREDEVIL , and FANTASTIC FOUR. Although not a reboot per se, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS was a successful re-vamp/re-launch/re-what-the-f*ck-ever for the franchise. Ultimately, Fox is stepping backward, not forward, with the continuity of the properties, which they own perpetually for as long as they are making films of them. At this juncture, the only real property I’m excited to see is DEADPOOL , which has been generating some buzz of late.

This whole reboot and origin business just needs to die, in my opinion. Sure, sometimes it can be fun, but when it becomes a trend, we all suffer. I enjoyed X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, but lamented that I’d much rather have seen the talent involved progress the X-Men story rather than start over. Okay, so maybe I just wanted to see more Wolverine. You got me.

Anyone out there dying to see the Fantastic Four on the big screen again?

Extra Tidbit: Who would YOU like to see direct a Fantastic Four reboot?
Source: Variety

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

12:22AM on 01/19/2012
Actually I AM dying to see the Fantastic Four on the big screen again but this time done right. It can be an EPIC franchise if they lose that sit-com flavor. Go ask John Byrne to write a script for heaven's sake. That guy was the best FF writer of all-time.
Actually I AM dying to see the Fantastic Four on the big screen again but this time done right. It can be an EPIC franchise if they lose that sit-com flavor. Go ask John Byrne to write a script for heaven's sake. That guy was the best FF writer of all-time.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:15PM on 01/18/2012
Why not just do a big budget CGI film instead of another live action abortion?
Why not just do a big budget CGI film instead of another live action abortion?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-4
10:38PM on 01/18/2012

Let's hope this doesn't happen.

Everything about Chronicle looks terrible. The FF deserve much better than a bad teen flick director.
Everything about Chronicle looks terrible. The FF deserve much better than a bad teen flick director.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:00PM on 01/18/2012
Fantastic Four? Reboot? Suck me off...
Fantastic Four? Reboot? Suck me off...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:49PM on 01/18/2012

AS FOR REBOOTS ...

... I doubt it will stop. You can't hold Nolan and Bale to do 8 Batman movies, or RDJ to do the same with Iron Man. It has to stop eventually and that's when reboot comes in. Sequels with different crew are not an option anymore ...
... I doubt it will stop. You can't hold Nolan and Bale to do 8 Batman movies, or RDJ to do the same with Iron Man. It has to stop eventually and that's when reboot comes in. Sequels with different crew are not an option anymore ...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:27PM on 01/18/2012

Done Right....?

Hell yeah, I'm ready for more FF. But it has to be done RIGHT!
Hell yeah, I'm ready for more FF. But it has to be done RIGHT!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-5
3:27PM on 01/18/2012
I think Fantastic Four is just too weird to be filmed. They travel trough space, visit other dimensions, fight other worldly beings. It's just too much for in a movie. They're not the simple 'lets' stop a robber' superheroes like Spider-man is.
They tried that with the first movie and it was just a personal battle between old college enemies. It wasn't really in the Fantastic Four's spirit. For the second they upped the ante with the destruction of Earth but it never felt like a real danger.
I think Fantastic Four is just too weird to be filmed. They travel trough space, visit other dimensions, fight other worldly beings. It's just too much for in a movie. They're not the simple 'lets' stop a robber' superheroes like Spider-man is.
They tried that with the first movie and it was just a personal battle between old college enemies. It wasn't really in the Fantastic Four's spirit. For the second they upped the ante with the destruction of Earth but it never felt like a real danger.

I also don't think you'll ever be able to make a convincing stretching Reed Richards.

Daredevil however, I'd like to see another movie about him. Really enjoyed the first one.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:24PM on 01/18/2012
FF have always been one of my favorite properties, but I've always enjoyed them the most when they weren't playing superheroes but instead were adventurers jumping through dimensions and what-not. I'd like to see a new take on them as I wasn't a big fan of the previous 2 entries... but to be honest, and I know this is far-fetched, I'd like to see Marvel Studios get all their properties back and just keep a running continuity. Yeah, you'd have to change actors every so many years, but has that
FF have always been one of my favorite properties, but I've always enjoyed them the most when they weren't playing superheroes but instead were adventurers jumping through dimensions and what-not. I'd like to see a new take on them as I wasn't a big fan of the previous 2 entries... but to be honest, and I know this is far-fetched, I'd like to see Marvel Studios get all their properties back and just keep a running continuity. Yeah, you'd have to change actors every so many years, but has that really hurt the Bond movies any?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:54PM on 01/18/2012
Please don't make the thing in CGI and correct the Galactus in vapor form mistake.
Please don't make the thing in CGI and correct the Galactus in vapor form mistake.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:04PM on 01/18/2012
get brad bird
get brad bird
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+3
1:31PM on 01/18/2012

Good news

That this is getting a reboot. They made too many mistakes with the first one. Too much trying to mix 616 and Ultimate FF, The Thing a guy in a suit, Jessica Alba, the list goes on.

For those who find FF boring you just haven't seen what can be done with them yet. There are so many avenues you could take these characters down with little to no set up needed cause half their adventure spawn out of Reed just fucking around in his lab, lol
That this is getting a reboot. They made too many mistakes with the first one. Too much trying to mix 616 and Ultimate FF, The Thing a guy in a suit, Jessica Alba, the list goes on.

For those who find FF boring you just haven't seen what can be done with them yet. There are so many avenues you could take these characters down with little to no set up needed cause half their adventure spawn out of Reed just fucking around in his lab, lol
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+4
1:22PM on 01/18/2012

disagree with the author

comic book adaptations can be rebooted as much as the heart desires. because that's what the comics do. and we've also seen countless iterations of the same superhero appear in cartoon shows (how many batman and spider-man cartoons can you count?). why not movies? the characters are meant to be rebooted and retold through different interpretations.
comic book adaptations can be rebooted as much as the heart desires. because that's what the comics do. and we've also seen countless iterations of the same superhero appear in cartoon shows (how many batman and spider-man cartoons can you count?). why not movies? the characters are meant to be rebooted and retold through different interpretations.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:19PM on 01/18/2012
Thanks for your comments, Tae. I agree that the option to restart franchises exists, but at some point they must progress. I've been reading comics for 20 plus years (including some FF) and I cringe every time they reboot/restart, unless it fits. Sometimes, it's just completely unnecessary and stalls all the progress that's been made on a particular book. My chief complaint with origins and reboots is that the story has already been covered hundreds of times by hundreds of creators.
Thanks for your comments, Tae. I agree that the option to restart franchises exists, but at some point they must progress. I've been reading comics for 20 plus years (including some FF) and I cringe every time they reboot/restart, unless it fits. Sometimes, it's just completely unnecessary and stalls all the progress that's been made on a particular book. My chief complaint with origins and reboots is that the story has already been covered hundreds of times by hundreds of creators. Oftentimes, I just think it's laziness on the part of the filmmakers, because it's a lot easier to "retell" an already established story than to create something new. It's the Peter Parker syndrome; Nobody (including Marvel) ever wants Peter Parker to grow up; they deem that he is boring and unrelatable to the high school demographic because he's married and struggling with adult issues. So, what do they do? They make him a free-spirited, unattached kid. And I get it. It's a comic book. You CAN do that, but that doesn't mean you should and it doesn't mean you're doing the right thing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
3:36PM on 01/18/2012
I do see your point & while valid I still do not understand how they are labeling the Spider-Man reboot as an untold story. What exactly has not been untold yet about him.
I do see your point & while valid I still do not understand how they are labeling the Spider-Man reboot as an untold story. What exactly has not been untold yet about him.
5:55PM on 01/18/2012
They are integrating Peter Parker's parents into the origin, which is similar to the comic where they are more than just your average civilian. Other than that, it's gonna be more of the same, just with a blonde instead of a redhead and a lizard instead of a goblin.
They are integrating Peter Parker's parents into the origin, which is similar to the comic where they are more than just your average civilian. Other than that, it's gonna be more of the same, just with a blonde instead of a redhead and a lizard instead of a goblin.
1:21PM on 01/18/2012

If you don't like the concept,

don't watch the movie. Fox wants to reboot all these films so that they keep the rights. If no one watches it, then they'll give up the rights and move on. That said, if the reboot is actually a good film then there's no problem.
don't watch the movie. Fox wants to reboot all these films so that they keep the rights. If no one watches it, then they'll give up the rights and move on. That said, if the reboot is actually a good film then there's no problem.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:54PM on 01/18/2012
Yes I realize they have to keep making these also in order to not lose the rights.
Yes I realize they have to keep making these also in order to not lose the rights.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:54PM on 01/18/2012
Sure the Fantastic Four movies weren't the greatest but these reboots are getting ridiculous now & far too soon.
Sure the Fantastic Four movies weren't the greatest but these reboots are getting ridiculous now & far too soon.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:08PM on 01/18/2012

New film..

I down with a new and better F4 movie but I feel they donít need to show what happened to them again like the new Spiderman movie. EVERYONE knows how they became super heroes and if you donít you wouldnít see this movie anyway. Just do a better story.
I down with a new and better F4 movie but I feel they donít need to show what happened to them again like the new Spiderman movie. EVERYONE knows how they became super heroes and if you donít you wouldnít see this movie anyway. Just do a better story.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:44AM on 01/18/2012
Meh.
Meh.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:59PM on 01/18/2012
Do everyone a favour and delete your account. Please.
Do everyone a favour and delete your account. Please.
11:44AM on 01/18/2012
Chronicle looks good and I am excited we are getting a reboot of Fantastic Four because even though I enjoyed the first two films, they could have been done alot better. The Fantastic Four are one of the better superheroes and think if done right they could end up joining the ranks of some of the best comic book films we have.

I would cast Jon Hamm for Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Elizabeth Banks for Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Jensen Ackles for Johnny Storm/The Human Tourch, and Eric
Chronicle looks good and I am excited we are getting a reboot of Fantastic Four because even though I enjoyed the first two films, they could have been done alot better. The Fantastic Four are one of the better superheroes and think if done right they could end up joining the ranks of some of the best comic book films we have.

I would cast Jon Hamm for Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Elizabeth Banks for Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Jensen Ackles for Johnny Storm/The Human Tourch, and Eric Bauer for The Thing.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:32AM on 01/18/2012

My Opinion

My opinion, I think it's the casting that killed the FF movie...It was horrible and hard to watch. The only character that I was impress and very excited to see was Silver Surfer, the rest was kind of out place...

What do you guys think???
My opinion, I think it's the casting that killed the FF movie...It was horrible and hard to watch. The only character that I was impress and very excited to see was Silver Surfer, the rest was kind of out place...

What do you guys think???
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:57PM on 01/18/2012
Chris Evans was the best casting choice.
Chris Evans was the best casting choice.
3:04PM on 01/18/2012
With the exception of actress extraordinaire, Jessica Alba, I didn't have a problem with casting, I blame Tim Story for taking solid actors (once again minus Alba) and not knowing what the hell to do with them....
With the exception of actress extraordinaire, Jessica Alba, I didn't have a problem with casting, I blame Tim Story for taking solid actors (once again minus Alba) and not knowing what the hell to do with them....
3:36PM on 01/18/2012
Chris Evans was an inspired choice and the best thing about both movies.

To me, I really didn't mind the first one, but they played it much too safe and 'family-friendly.' The second movie was a crime because they f-ed up Galactus royally.
Chris Evans was an inspired choice and the best thing about both movies.

To me, I really didn't mind the first one, but they played it much too safe and 'family-friendly.' The second movie was a crime because they f-ed up Galactus royally.
5:20PM on 01/18/2012
Evans was spot on. The only redeeming thing in the movie.
Evans was spot on. The only redeeming thing in the movie.
+21
11:31AM on 01/18/2012
From the writer of Green Lantern? And why do shitty writers keep getting promising material?
From the writer of Green Lantern? And why do shitty writers keep getting promising material?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:31PM on 01/18/2012
It's all about who you blow. I mean know!
It's all about who you blow. I mean know!
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More