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A year ago, Fantastic Four left most fans disappointed. What was teased as a grounded, dramatic superhero movie turned out to be a complete mess. The 20th Century Fox film had a troubled production, and it showed in the final result, which was fairly joyless overall, despite a somewhat promising setup. In some of the earlier drafts of Fantastic Four, though, there was more warmth, humor, and set pieces far larger than what could’ve been pulled off with the budget.

Below, learn about some of screenwriter Jeremy Slater‘s (The Lazarus Effect) early ideas for the Fantastic Four reboot.

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The Exorcist

The Exorcist is the latest classic movie getting the TV treatment. Executive producer Jeremy Slater, who already experienced a different sort of franchise in 2015’s Fantastic Four, got out ahead of the fall premiere on Twitter. He tweeted that one reason he took on The Exorcist was so no one else would remake it. He also shared Deadline’s report that Alan Ruck had been bumped up to series regular.

Last week, Fox screened the pilot for The Exorcist to press. The show takes place in present day, though Google searches show that the Father Merrin exorcism still happened. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) is helping the Rance family in his church. Angela Rance (Geena Davis) thinks there’s more than just a degenerative head trauma plaguing her husband (Ruck), and her daughters are manifesting symptoms too. Ortega has vivid dreams of another exorcist, Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels), and the pilot features some new twists on classic Exorcist images.

We had a chance to speak with Slater during the reception for the pilot screening. Some spoilers follow, but most likely things that will be hyped up in the trailers for the show anyway. Read More »

Fantastic Four cuts

Arriving in theaters just this past weekend, Fantastic Four is now the worst reviewed Marvel comics adaptation ever. The future of the franchise is uncertain even though the studio is staying committed to the franchise and characters, if only to keep from hurting the movie even more.

So the big question, especially after director Josh Trank distanced himself from the final cut of the movie on Twitter, is what went wrong with Fantastic Four? There has been a lot of digging into the behind the scenes drama during the production of Fantastic Four, and it’s clear that there were plenty of problems from both Trank and the studio.

In addition, a look back at the footage released in trailers and behind the scenes featurettes shows that plenty of edits and cuts were made to the movie, resulting in the cut that Trank is clearly unhappy with. Learn more about the Fantastic Four cuts and problems after the jump! Read More »

Fantastic Four posters

Want your best look yet at all the costumes from Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four? Of course you do. They’re here courtesy of four character posters as well as a cumulative banner, featuring stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan. The film opens August 7, check out the new Fantastic Four posters below. Read More »

Lazarus Effect trailer

The Lazarus Effect starts out looking like a riff on Flatliners, that early ‘90s film that put dressed a bunch of budding superstars in lab coats and watched as they brought dead people back to life. Here, it’s a crew including Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger who are med students that take a big leap across the line between life and death. When Wilde’s character dies, she’s brought back to life through an experimental procedure. But what she has afterward isn’t exactly life, and things start to go very wrong for her, and everyone around her. Check out The Lazarus Effect trailer below.  Read More »

Fox Lines Up ‘Fantastic Four’ Actor Shortlists

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What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.

We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »

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A TV series based on The Exorcist has been in the planning stages for a while, with Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin once set to oversee the development of a ten-episode series that would be directly linked to William Friedkin’s film. That actually seemed like a pretty great idea.

Now some things have changed. The show is still moving forward, but Durkin is out and Fantastic Four and Fables screenwriter Jeremy Slater is in, with producer Roy Lee (The DepartedThe Ring) still working on the project.  Read More »

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Given the surge of Hollywood interest in fairy tale stories, I’m surprised that it has taken this long for Bill Willingham‘s award-winning DC/Vertigo series Fables to get a huge movie deal. In fact, however, Fables has been tied up in stalled deals for years; one of them was a TV deal that saw Fables back-burnered when the intended network, ABC, went with another fairy-tale revival instead. (That would be Once Upon a Time.)

But now Fables is back in play from David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films, which did a little series called Harry Potter. Jeremy Slater, who wrote the Fantastic Four reboot, is scripting, and Nikolaj Arcel, who directed Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair, will direct. Read More »

Seth Grahame-Smith, the writer behind Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has been hired by 20th Century Fox to do a polish on Josh Trank‘s reboot of Fantastic Four. Matthew Vaughn recently came on as a producer and the studio has set a release date of March 6, 2015. Jeremy Slater wrote the original draft. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012’s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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