Are movie studio execs really as blinkered and limited in scope as some pundits make them out to be? Or are lawyers so in control that good ideas are pooh-poohed as too difficult or risky? It varies, of course, but there’s no doubt of one thing: Fox has, for years, been sitting on a goldmine set of properties licensed from Marvel, but it took Marvel’s own success with The Avengers and films leading up to it for Fox to realize that films can act as cross-promotional efforts for one another. Maybe the studio just looked at the hit it took with Daredevil spinoff Elektra and thought “well, that’s clearly not going to work.”
But The Avengers changed everything, and now Fox realizes that, years ago, it should have done what Marvel did.
Enter Mark Millar, who has become Fox’s own version of Josh Whedon, and is overseeing the creation of new films based on properties Fox has licensed from Marvel. We know that a new Fantastic Four film is part of that package, and that Daredevil is not, with the latter having gone back to Marvel. More X-Men films are to come, and Millar will try to make Fox’s properties all feel like they take place in one interlinked “universe.” But how? Read More »
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Once Marvel Studios started their ambitious Marvel Cinematic Universe, linking all their films in one world that culminated with The Avengers, executives and fans alike expressed disappointment so many major Marvel properties weren’t being treated with the same respect. 20th Century Fox has now taken a step to fix that mistake. Much as Joss Whedon is doing at Marvel, Fox has hired Mark Millar – the popular Marvel writer of stories like The Ultimates, Civil War, Old Man Logan and creator of Kick-Ass, Wanted and Nemesis – as the “creative consultant” on their upcoming films such as The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four. Read more after the jump. Read More »
When some of the details on Fox’s new Fantastic Four film were announced a couple days ago — primarily that Chronicle director Josh Trank would indeed direct the new film — one detail was not reported. That was the name of the film’s screenwriter, who has been developing the new take on the classic Marvel Comics team with Trank.
The man scripting the new Fantastic Four is Jeremy Slater, whose script Score hit the Black List of popular unproduced screenplays a couple years back, and who has been fighting through the studio trenches for some time. Read More »
Fox is one of several studios that decided not to bring big projects to Comic Con this year, but that doesn’t meant the company isn’t making news. Some new details have just been released about two Fox reboots of Marvel properties, with Chronicle director Josh Trank officially set for Fantastic Four and David Slade dropping off the Daredevil remake. Read More »
Even before Chronicle became a hit for Fox, rumors proliferated that the studio was looking to director Josh Trank to reboot The Fantastic Four. Trank denied knowing anything about it, and has mostly brushed aside questions of his involvement with the stalled superhero team in the months since.
But at CinemaCon, Fox CEO Tom Rothman said that Trank is indeed developing a new take on the Fantastic Four. Whether or not he’ll direct the film, however, is still open to question. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the strong buzz surrounding his feature debut Chronicle, I’ve no doubt that director Josh Trank has a bright future ahead of him. But as he plans his next steps, there’s one previously rumored project that he’s apparently not lined up for, or at least, not yet. In a recent interview, Trank responded to recent reports that he’d emerged as the frontrunner to helm 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot by saying that the stories had been news to him as well. More after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
26-year-old Josh Trank is a newcomer to Hollywood by just about any definition, with just one TV series (The Kill Point) under his belt and the premiere of his debut feature Chronicle still weeks away. But execs at 20th Century Fox (which is distributing Chronicle) seem to have quite a bit of faith in the young filmmaker already. Trank has emerged as the frontrunner to direct the reboot of Fantastic Four that’s been simmering at Fox for the past couple of years, with a final decision expected sometime next month. More details after the jump.
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In January, graphic designer Joe Stone created a handy infographic showing the many relationships (married, dated, offspring, clone, nemesis…etc) between the characters in the X-Men comic books. He has returned with another comic book infographic, this time showing the relationships between the characters in the Fantastic Four universe. See it now after the jump.
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