Last week Collider interviewed writer Joe Straczynski who said that in his version of the Silver Surfer script the action would take place after the events of Fantastic Four 2. As 20th Century Fox are looking to reboot the franchise there is a chance his script won’t be made into a movie, however Straczynski posted a comment on Filmonic’s comments section (as well as emailing IGN) setting the story straight:
Guys…guys…GUYS…whoa, slow down, back the bus up a second.
When I was asked about the Silver Surfer script, I responded about the one I’d written around the time that FF2 was launched, and was designed to pick up where that one left off.
When FF2 didn’t do as well as hoped for, that script was set aside, but that has NOTHING to do with the Silver Surfer script that is NOW under development at Fox with other folks. As far as I know, that is proceeding apace. So the hysteria that’s gripped the nets about “ohmygod the Surfer movie is dead!” is not correct, as I was again referring to only that one specific script tied into FF2, NOT what’s being done now.
J. Michael Straczynski
So the Silver Surfer movie is still being developed at 20th Century Fox, just with a different script and direction.