The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that author/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows) has signed on to ‘do some polish screenwriting work’ for the reboot of The Fantastic Four. The film is expected to take a much more grounded approach with 20th Century Fox clearly eager to distance themselves from the two previous instalments, which were rightly panned by both the critics and geeks alike.
Here’s a bit more on the announcement:
Author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has done polish screenwriting work on Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four, which Josh Trank is directing.
Sources say that the new reboot is taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach to the heroes and will tap deep into the comics mythology, which featured not just the better-known villains such as Doctor Doom and Galactus but also alien races the Kree and the Skrull, and the anti-matter universe known as the Negative Zone.
Jeremy Slater wrote the initial script.
The Fantastic Four is a potential gold mine for Fox, provided they remain faithful to the source material, and don’t deviate for convenience sake. The market is quickly becoming saturated with comic book movies, and therefore this may be the studio’s last realistic opportunity to make a success of this franchise.
The involvement of Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) in a producing role will certainly please fans and director, Josh Trank, received rave reviews for Chronicle in 2012, so he seems like a fantastic choice for The Fantastic Four.
Now all they need is a great cast.