"The Flash" Director Seth Grahame-Smith Departs Over 'Creative Differences'
Just days after it was announced X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn will produce Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, Heat Vision reports that author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has finished his polish of the script.
Jeremy Slater wrote the initial screenplay for the film, which will be helmed by rising star Josh Trank. Although little is known about the reboot, rumored at one point to be called Fantastic Four: Reborn, the studio’s Marvel creative consultant Mark Millar recently said the film will be reminiscent of Alien in scope, with plenty of humor.
“What I wasn’t expecting actually was just how funny and likeable he could make this, as well as getting the more awesome moments on screen — I use awesome in the traditional British sense and not the California sense awesome, you know?” he said. “The Ridley Scott moments, and the Fantastic Four really are jaw-dropping in the same way you feel when you saw Alien for the first time. There’s some moments in this — not to be specific — that are actually gonna be phenomenal on screen and stuff you haven’t seen in a superhero movie before.”
Grahame-Smith wrote the horror mash-ups Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter before going on to pen the film adaptation of the latter, as well as Dark Shadows.
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. The reboot opens March 6, 2015.