OK, so this is not exactly shocking news, but as expected, Chronicle director Josh Trank has been confirmed as the man taking charge of the Fantastic Four reboot. While it was unsure whether Trank would be moving forward with his Spider-Man spin-off Venom, Fantastic Four or a number of different projects after the huge success of Chronicle, it now seems that Fantastic Four is the project the much in demand director will move to first.
Nothing else is known on the Fantastic Four reboot, however with The Wolverine due to begin filming next month, and the sequel to X-Men: First Class due behind cameras in January, Fox are looking at some strong product for the coming couple of years. However, one project which Fox had on the cards has now been halted.
The Daredevil reboot was due to be directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight: Eclipse), however it would seem that scheduling conflicts with the Hannibal TV series for NBC has meant Slade has had to walk away from Daredevil. This is a huge problem for Fox because they only own the rights to Daredevil up until this Autumn, the rights then revert back to Marvel/Disney. With Marvel and Disney working so hard and so well on their superhero films, and with so many in the pipeline, you can bet you ass that they are very keen to see Daredevil back in their control.
According to Deadline, Marvel and Disney are not “hell bent on making Daredevil at this point”, but should Fox fail to get the film moving soon, Daredevil is gone for good. Should Marvel and Disney create yet another franchise with Daredevil, I am sure Fox will be mighty pissed.
By Matt Wavish