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Wasting no time after locking in Chronicle’s Josh Trank in to direct Fantastic Four, Heat Vision reports Fox is finalizing a deal for up-and-coming writer Jeremy Slater to pen the script.
Word of the franchise 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. The studio is looking to move quickly on the project, with filming expected to begin as early as next spring, after Matthew Vaughan wraps production on the sequel to X-Men: First Class.
Fox released Fantastic Four in 2005, with Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis starring as Marvel’s First Family. Combined with the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the franchise has grossed nearly $620 million worldwide.