This weekend my husband and I watched Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Why, you ask? Well, we’re a comic book loving family and a bad comic book movie is better than no comic book movie at all. Wait… no. That’s not it. It’s because it was Sunday and we were both too lazy to get up and change the channel.
What the heck happened with those Fantastic Four movies? was the question of the day. I know we’re not the only ones to ask. In fact, Hollywood has been all a-flutter with talks of a desperately needed reboot to this franchise. The only problem is: who will get the job of leading this new project?
Josh Trank had been in the middle of the rumor mill even before his film Chronicle was in theaters. According to a February article in Screenrant, back then not even Trank had a clue about his involvement:
I have not met about ‘Fantastic Four’ reboots. I was on the press tour and had to call everybody up and ask, what is this about? ‘Fantastic Four’ is at Fox, and I guess someone theorized about it, someone heard it, and ‘Variety’ was like, that’s happening! I can’t really speak on that, because I don’t know what to say.
Well, I guess Trank got on the phone with the right people since because, according to Fox CEO Tom Rothman, he is hard at work, in some capacity, on the Fantastic Four reboot project:
Josh Trank, who did Chronicle, I think this has been reported, is gonna come on and work on a take, or a vision, that he has for it, so we’re very excited about that.[...] there’s a possibility of [him directing]. I mean he’s gonna develop it now, and then it depends on the script.
So, let’s add it to Trank’s to-do list. He’s been linked to the Venom movie, the adaptation of the graphic novel The Red Star to screen, and the Chronicle sequel is in the works (although word is still out as to whether or not he will direct). Josh Trank says he has a “vision” for the Fantastic Four and after his unique “found footage” take in Chronicle it looks like it is something everyone wants to take a look at.