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It’s Official: Chronicle’s Josh Trank Directing Fantastic Four Reboot

Fox has finally made it official: Chronicle director Josh Trank will helm the reboot of its Fantastic Four franchise. According to Deadline, production will begin sometime following Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, which goes in front of the cameras in January.

The studio began circling the 28-year-old Trank in January, shortly before the release of his feature debut Chronicle, the $15 million found-footage superpower movie that went on to gross more than $126 million worldwide. Fox, which distributed Chronicle, was said to be confident from the start that Trank was the right director to tackle Fantastic Four. He’s expected to put the film ahead of his other projects: Sony’s Venom spinoff and Shadow of the Colossus adaptation, and Warner Bros.’ The Red Star adaptation.

Word of the Fantastic Four reboot surfaced in August 2009, with Michael Green (Green Lantern, Heroes) writing the script and Akiva Goldsman producing. At one point at least, it was rumored to be called Fantastic Four Reborn.

Fox, which released Fantastic Four in 2005 and the sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2008, holds the movie rights to the Marvel property (as well as X-Men and Daredevil) in perpetuity — as long as the studio keeps making the films within a contractually prescribed time frame. The previous franchise installments grossed nearly $620 million combined worldwide.


  • Mark

    The film will be in great hands! Chronicle was awesome!

  • Demoncat4

    nice hope fox lets him do the film his way and not micro manage it to death or have giant clouds. after all fox does not want to wind up having marvel get some of their properties back and lose any of that avengers cash.

  • Guest 2

    Now let’s get David Tennant as Reed Richards and I’m sold.

  • Raymond Ancog

    Should it have Doom, or Mole Man instead?

  • mdk

    Good luck to him.  He’s gonna need it dealing with Rothman’s hack-tastic nano-management.

  • Tev Smith

    Please don’t be another origin tale. The Fantastic Four’s origin isn’t the best, we don’t need to see it again. And leave Doctor Doom out. 

  • Sam Robards, Comic Fan

    I’m hoping production craps out on this, and the rights go back to Marvel.

    I wonder how long they have left until the rights revert? Probably another year or two at least, I’d wager.

    Come on, troubled production!

  • Lewis4510

    If they’re looking to start sometime after Jan. I betting that the rights revert back next year. If that’s the case they can’t afford any delays.

  • Cory Jameson

    The Villain must be Doctor Doom and it HAS TO BE JACK KIRBY’S DOCTOR DOOM. Doom is a master of Science and SORCERY. Doom is the Dictator of an Eastern European Country. If FOX doesn’t want to spend the money to produce that in the film then they should let the rights return to Marvel Studios.

  • Redenstein

    This movie will live and die by “The Thing.”  If they make him awesome, the movie will be awesome.  If he is cheesy the movie will be cheesy.

  • Sutelc

     I disagree.  Thing was actually pretty good in the first two.  It was Doom, Reed, and Sue that were a disaster.

  • Redenstein

    Oh my gosh, The Thing was awful in the first two.  They made him a puss.  The thing is a dark character who has aligned with the enemy at times.  They focussed on how tormented he was without love in his life.  Save that for “The Notebook II:  A Ben Grimm Story.”  Plus, Michael Chiklis stunk up the place, he was awful.  Too bad Ron Pearlman is Hell Boy or he would be perfect.  

    I stand by it, The Thing makes or breaks this movie.  I’ll post again as to why I think this movie will live or die.

  • Redenstein

    It all comes down to “The Thing.”  If they make him good, the movie will be good.  If he sucks and is cheesy looking, the movie will suck and be cheesy.  I think they have to make him the hero of the group, a la The Hulk in The Avengers.  

    If they go way into the set-up and backstory of the group, then it’s gonna suck.  That part should last maybe 15 minutes.  

    If they focus on the love story between Reed and Sue, it’s gonna suck.  

    If they focus on the tormented life of Ben Grimm, it’s gonna suck.

    They need to focus on how bad ass the characters are and how they fight so well together; and the villain should be the Mole Man or Doom.

    The movie scenario should not be a “save the whole world” type thing.  It should be saving Manhattan from threat of destruction.

  • TheThingisJolly

     The Thing is not a dark character, he’s jolly…

  • Tomi Hanzek

    John Hamm as Reed Richards. Make it happen.

  • pDUB

    its probably gonna be called “THE Fantastic Four”

  • Happily LS

    Another lame reboot of one of the lamest franchises in comics. Yay?

  • kristheucstudent

    ugh those jerk at fox would make another shitty FF movie to keep the rights rom marvel. Looks like many more years of crappy FF and Spiderman reboots ahead.

  • Wayfarer073

    I enjoyed Chronicle and look forward to seeing what the director brings to the Fantastic Four.  I agree though that we really don’t need the origin taking up the entire movie.  Use the opening credits to highlight their origin through news articles or reports.  Fans will want to see something pun intended fantastic.  The elements are already in place for an astounding movie, family dynamic, super science, exotic locales.  Although, I would like for them to tease Doctor Doom for a future movie.

  • ItsNoha

    ANOTHER COMIC MOVIE REBOOT?? It was just 2005.. are you f***ing kidding me?? SpiderMan was unnecessary and it sucked! I know it’s harder and harder to come up with original ideas these days, but COME ON!

  • Joe

    You didn’t hear, this is Chronicle II, its working title is Fantastic Four. Josh Trank developed an after credit scene and all you can see is his nose at first with smudges of chocolate, and when the camera pulls back, there is Josh Trank over three black guys. They will be the next FF. That’s how they got there powers. lol

  • Joe

    Chronicle 2 will be better lol Josh was quoted as saying, I was addicted to comics as a kid and a chance to work with DC characters such as FF is an honor. lol