20th Century Fox has brought writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), on-board Marvel’ s Fantastic Four Reboot production team to take a crack at polishing first time writer Jeremy Slater‘s script. Although the financial and critical track record of Grahame-Smith movie adaptations isn’t stellar, the man can write an interesting story.
Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) involvement in writing the movie’s story along with directing the production, should put most Fantastic Four fans fears at ease. If you haven’t seen Chronicle yet you should, it’s a “fantastic” film that explored friendship, family, and superpowered consequences. I feel confidant that Trank will include the family relationship issues that have made the Fantastic Four an interesting comic book.
Additional news that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has joined the team as one of the producers just sweetens the pot.
There’s not much information on the script’s plot or which Fantastic Four villains might be involved. Although it has been reported that:
The new cinematic version of the superhero team with be “taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach” and that there are plans to incorporate many more elements from the comics and deep mythology, which includes Doctor Doom, Galactus, and the alien races known as the Kree and the Skrull.
Which villain or villains are you interested in seeing? The Skrulls top my list at the moment. I’d love to see the Super-Skrull smash his way onto the big screen. Doctor Doom may be my favorite Marvel villain, but I’d rather see something new instead of rehashing old movie stuff. Let’s see some other comic book story lines. There’s plenty of time to bring Doom back in the second or third film if the first stays on track.
Fantastic Four is scheduled for release in theaters on March 6th, 2015.