When comic book fans think of Marvel royalty, one superhero family usually places in the top five. The Fantastic Four is that family. While there are teams, groups, and individuals who have been around as long as them – Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny have always been a constant symbol in the Marvel world. In 2005, 20th Century Fox gave us Fantastic Four which didn’t do well at all and personally, I can see why. Then in 2007, Fox presented Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer which got slightly better reviews and I for one loved it. If you haven’t seen the sequel, you have to watch it if for nothing else the chance to see the incredible Silver Surfer (voiced perfectly by Laurence Fishburne). But alas, that was the last we saw of them……until the we heard the heard about reboot from coming Fox.
Enter the Reboot
In maybe an overly ambitious bid to grab at the success of immensely more recently successful Marvel movies, Fox has the Fantastic Four reboot scheduled to come out March 6, 2015. Currently there aren’t a lot clues on the story/plot. In fact, the script has been adjusted more than anything. The bar that has been set by the other superhero movies may help the “family”.
Fox chose Josh Trank (Chronicle) to sit in the director’s chair, then tapped Jeremy Slater to pen the script. After a period of a year, Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was asked to come in and tweak the screenplay. But that wasn’t enough. The going back and forth seams to have had the movie studio a little uneasy. In a brilliant move, they have recently brought in X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg to ease the writing woes and redo basically the entire script. Kinberg, who has Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes, and X-Men: The Last Stand under his belt, will be also be producing alongside Matthew Vaughn who’s already attached to the project. There’s no doubt that having these two minds that will have XMDOFP behind them could possibly be the saving grace of Fantastic Four. As of now, Trank doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere so Fox may finally be happy with the trio…..which is a good thing because next year could fly faster than the studio thinks given their release date for the film. Hopefully the next news we get will be for casting or least maybe some concrete hints as to who they have their eyes on. We’ve seen the casting rumors but we’re hoping those stay rumors for now. Take your time Fox……..we aren’t going anywhere.