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Fox officially sets Chronicle director Josh Trank on Fantastic Four, Joe Cornish on Rust, and David Slade now off Daredevil reboot

Jul. 12, 2012by: George Merchan

While Fox isn't bringing anything to Comic-Con this year, they do have a few announcements related to some of their comic book properties. Let's take a look...

- FANTASTIC FOUR: Now while we knew that CHRONICLE helmer Josh Trank was developing a reboot of FANTASTIC FOUR, today Fox officially announced that Trank would be directing the project. The film will be the next Marvel property to be slated for production and dated for release by the studio following THE WOLVERINE and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS 2. The film is on the fast track and will reportedly feature a new cast and a new take on the beloved comic book characters. Deadline adds that FANTASTIC FOUR will likely be Trank's next movie, which means he may not take the reins of that SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS adaptation after all.

- RUST: Described as an "E.T.-style story", RUST - scripted by Aline Brosh McKenna (WE BOUGHT A ZOO, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) and based on the Royden Lepp graphic novel - will now officially be helmed by ATTACK THE BLOCK director Joe Cornish. The sci-fi family adventure is about "a struggling farm family and the mysterious robot that shows up and changes their lives."

- DAREDEVIL: Though many of you liked the idea of David Slade taking the reins of a DAREDEVIL reboot, Deadline is now reporting that the HARD CANDY director has dropped out of the project, citing a scheduling conflict (he'll be directing the pilot of the series "Hannibal"). Fox has a script it really likes but it's now frantically looking for a new director to get the production moving by fall. Why the rush? They could contractually risk having the property revert back to Marvel Studios and Disney.
Source: Deadline

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7:55PM on 07/12/2012
Rust reminds me of The Iron Giant by the picture and description.
Also, I want Ben Affleck to return to Daredevil.......as director. After the Town and Gone Baby Gone, I think he could give us a great Daredevil film.
Rust reminds me of The Iron Giant by the picture and description.
Also, I want Ben Affleck to return to Daredevil.......as director. After the Town and Gone Baby Gone, I think he could give us a great Daredevil film.
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5:47PM on 07/12/2012
It would be great if Mavel/Disney could do Daredevil. I just feel like Disney should just tell everyone to shut the fuck up and take back their shit.
It would be great if Mavel/Disney could do Daredevil. I just feel like Disney should just tell everyone to shut the fuck up and take back their shit.
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5:33PM on 07/12/2012

A New FF Could Be...

the best Marvel adaptation of a comic yet. It was the "premier" comic for Marvel until the "X-Men" became "Uncanny" back in the late 1970s. I'd love to see FF became a great success, but I would also love to see it revert to Disney and Marvel, who I think would do more for it.

It's Clobberin' Time!
the best Marvel adaptation of a comic yet. It was the "premier" comic for Marvel until the "X-Men" became "Uncanny" back in the late 1970s. I'd love to see FF became a great success, but I would also love to see it revert to Disney and Marvel, who I think would do more for it.

It's Clobberin' Time!
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12:39PM on 07/12/2012
As long as F4 is better than the last 2, they were both very lackluster with the exception of Chris Evans. Sucks about Slade though, seems he can't catch a break since directing a Twilight movie.
As long as F4 is better than the last 2, they were both very lackluster with the exception of Chris Evans. Sucks about Slade though, seems he can't catch a break since directing a Twilight movie.
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11:13AM on 07/12/2012
I'm so excited to read that the Fantastic Four reboot is finally moing forward. I LOVED the first two films and I know they had their flaws to most fans but they were still respectable good films to me. With a reboot they can expand the characters and universe so much more than they did with the first two films. Am also glad they have a good director at the helm too. I have the most confidence in Trank giving us a great FantasticFour flm. I would love to see the cast consist of Jon Hamm for
I'm so excited to read that the Fantastic Four reboot is finally moing forward. I LOVED the first two films and I know they had their flaws to most fans but they were still respectable good films to me. With a reboot they can expand the characters and universe so much more than they did with the first two films. Am also glad they have a good director at the helm too. I have the most confidence in Trank giving us a great FantasticFour flm. I would love to see the cast consist of Jon Hamm for Mr. Fantastic, Elizabeth Banks for Sue Storm, Jensen Ackles or Chris Pine for The Human Torch, Jeffrey Dean Morgan for The Thing, and Stephen Moyer for Dr. Doom. Get a cast like that and I will be one truly excited Fantastic Four fan.

As for Daredevil, I LOVED the first one with Affleck and Garner and think it deserves more respect (Director's Cut is a lot better than the original film they released) and really wanted to see a sequel. This is another reboot that I am very eagerly anticipating wth the same reasons that I have for Fantastic Four (coul expand on character more and universe) For the Daredevil reboot, they have to have the same tone for this film that Nolan's Batman films have. Make the new reboot a very dark, gritty, hard PG-13 film. I just really hope that Fox doesn't rush this film and make a shitty sub-par film because Daredevil is a great comic book character that deserves (just like F4) its own great franchise) For Daredevil I would cast Misha Collins, Michael C. Hall, or Timothy Olyphant.

These two new reboots really have GREAT potential to be something great and fresh.
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12:38PM on 07/12/2012
Loved the first two, seriously?
Loved the first two, seriously?
11:13AM on 07/12/2012

Fantastic Four and Rust just got my interest

I enjoyed Chronicle (had a problem with the ending) and I thought Attack the Block was one of the best action films of last year. So getting Josh Trank and Joe Cornish for those projects is a major plus.
I enjoyed Chronicle (had a problem with the ending) and I thought Attack the Block was one of the best action films of last year. So getting Josh Trank and Joe Cornish for those projects is a major plus.
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10:42AM on 07/12/2012
RUST is going to be AMAZING, people!
RUST is going to be AMAZING, people!
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12:25AM on 07/13/2012
I'm hoping it will be the next "Super 8". A sweet, throwback sci-fi family adventure that still kicks butt.
I'm hoping it will be the next "Super 8". A sweet, throwback sci-fi family adventure that still kicks butt.
9:56AM on 07/12/2012
Shame that David Slade is no longer attached to the project. Interesting to note: the screenwriter on Daredevil is Brad Kane, most famous as the, uh, singing voice of Aladdin from the Disney movie.
Shame that David Slade is no longer attached to the project. Interesting to note: the screenwriter on Daredevil is Brad Kane, most famous as the, uh, singing voice of Aladdin from the Disney movie.
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8:13AM on 07/12/2012
Regarding Fantastic Four, I'm curious as to whom the director (whoever he/she may be) would cast an actor for Doctor Doom. Personally, I thought Julian McMahon was very miscast.
Regarding Fantastic Four, I'm curious as to whom the director (whoever he/she may be) would cast an actor for Doctor Doom. Personally, I thought Julian McMahon was very miscast.
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8:12AM on 07/12/2012
Well of course the words "rushed" and "Fox" will fill everyone with confidence for the Daredevil reboot.
Well of course the words "rushed" and "Fox" will fill everyone with confidence for the Daredevil reboot.
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6:46AM on 07/12/2012
Im curious about why after 9 years, Daredevil hasnt already made it back to Marvel
Im curious about why after 9 years, Daredevil hasnt already made it back to Marvel
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7:42AM on 07/12/2012
I was under the impression that when they greenlit the reboot they restarted the clock.
I was under the impression that when they greenlit the reboot they restarted the clock.
3:31PM on 07/12/2012
Marvel/Disney can't take the rights back while FOX has movies in development. If FOX had been sitting on their hands this whole time, doing nothing with the properties, they would have reverted by now. But new Daredevil/F4 movies have been in active development for at least three years now.
Marvel/Disney can't take the rights back while FOX has movies in development. If FOX had been sitting on their hands this whole time, doing nothing with the properties, they would have reverted by now. But new Daredevil/F4 movies have been in active development for at least three years now.