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15 January 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Trank Considered For New Fantastic Four

If you're a relatively new director, how do you really know studio executives like your film before anyone outside of the company, some test screening audiences and a few members of the press have seen it? A good sign is being shoved to the front of the queue to handle one of the big franchises, which is why Chronicle director Josh Trank should be feeling happy right now: Fox is considering him for its Fantastic Four reboot.

Variety reports that Trank has been having meetings on the studio’s planned move to bring a whole new cinematic version of Marvel’s squabbling superhero family to the screen. And while nothing is set in stone yet, he’s become the front-runner.

Though Chronicle is a low-budget drama, it’s not as big a leap as you might imagine, since it follows the misadventures of four friends who develop strange telekinetic powers after discovering something odd while on a trip. They initially love their newfound abilities, but things soon get more difficult. Hey, that sounds a bit Fantastic Four-y. We’d put it in terms of “with great power comes great responsibility” but someone else already uses that…

Fox, of course, pumped out two FF films in 2005 and 2007 with Tim Story at the helm and Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chiklis in the lead roles. But while they made money, they never quite reached the dizzy heights of, say, Iron Man or the first two X-Men outings. Plus, the company only holds on to the rights from Marvel provided it keeps making movies, so this has been in the works for a while.

It all sounds like the job is Trank’s to lose, though how Chronicle performs will also factor into it. The film arrives here on February 1.

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Enufff wit unoriginality!
No doubt chronicle will blow our sox off and make back far more money than its budget. I hope so anyway. But even if it doesn't why the hell shud a new fresh talent waste his time and energy dredging over old material. Fox, jus giv trank money to go do whatever iz nocking around his brain. Fox,u had 2 cracks at it b4,forget about it. And josh,don't take the job,don't waste ur talent giv us another original 1. More

Posted by Snake 4Skin at 17:03 on 16 January 2012 | Report This Post

Sounds like a plan!
From the trailer, Chronicle looks like it's going to be pretty awesome and if this guy could do something with Fantastic Four then that would be great! The previous two were pretty dire and this is indeed a francise that is in desperate need of a reboot! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 16:38 on 16 January 2012 | Report This Post

Good News
Overall I'm quite happy with this. The Fantastic Four have always had quite layered characters, and I feel as though the first two films didn't really do the characters justice. Stronger individual character development, rather than explosions and set-pieces, will do this rebooted franchise a world of good. Now we'll just have to wait and see who's casted... More

Posted by Baron Von Haz at 10:38 on 16 January 2012 | Report This Post

Can they put the Fantastic back in?
The other fantastic four films were fairly lack lustre, the problem is that the human torch, the thing and doc doom are such strong characters in comparison to the others. Then there's the lack of villains outside of doom who could realistically be threatening on screen. They're almost all from out of space. I'd make them younger and perhaps go for the Ultimate universe story, which would probably be cheaper. They just need to pump up the action. More

Posted by makeminemedia at 08:58 on 16 January 2012 | Report This Post

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