Fantastic Four

Briefly: Louisiana state tax breaks continue to make the state a hotbed for film production. Ender’s Game, Now You See Me, Maze Runner and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are just a few recent films to shoot in the state and now the Marvel universe is heading down there. The Wrap has learned Josh Trank‘s 2015 release Fantastic Four has decided to movie its production from Vancouver, BC to the southern state.

20th Century Fox has yet to reveal any cast, but that should happen soon as filming is rumored to start in the Fall.

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Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four hasn’t announced any stars just yet, but we got some tantalizing hints a couple weeks back when Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams were rumored for major roles. The reports got a lot of buzz, most of it good — but predictably, there were a few folks unhappy with the fact that Jordan is black, whereas Johnny Storm has traditionally been portrayed as white.

While Jordan won’t confirm his casting right now, he was happy to address some of the negative feedback he’s gotten. Put simply, he doesn’t see why his race should be a problem: “It’s 2013.” Hit the jump to read the rest of his comments.

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Michael B Jordan

Let’s be real: Superhero movies have historically tended to be lily-white affairs. Sure, there’s the occasional Nick Fury or Storm or War Machine, but the vast majority of leading heroes have been Caucasian. If a new casting rumor is to be believed, though, Josh Trank‘s upcoming Fantastic Four could be an exciting exception.

Trank is reportedly considering his Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan for the role of Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch, a traditionally white character who was played by Chris Evans in earlier films. Combined with whispers from earlier this week that Allison Williams could play Sue Storm, it looks like casting on the movie is starting to heat up. More information after the jump.

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The brain behind last year’s surprise hit Chronicle wants to set the record straight about its sequel. Max Landis, who wrote the found-footage superhero movie, sincerely believes Chronicle 2 will get made. He’s even got a script completed that the studio likes; one that is decidely darker than the first film. That’s a bit of an issue, as is the fact that director Josh Trank is about to start making 2015′s Fantastic Four reboot. All of that adds up to a film that will happen at some point, but just not yet, and is, Landis says, certainly not in any trouble.

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Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle has spoken at length about his disinterest in big-budget franchise filmmaking, but in case there was any confusion, he’s reiterating once again that he has no interest in making a Bond film. “They’re not really for me,” he asserted in a recent interview.

Nor is he eager to delve into the comic book world — as a movie director, that is. As a movie fan, he’s looking forward in particular to Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, having “loved” Chronicle. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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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 »

Briefly: The superhero news just keeps on coming today, especially on the Fox front. Mark Millar just tweeted that Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, has joined Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot as a producer. This is “fantastic” news for the film as Vaughn’s superhero resume is impressive. His input, along with Trank’s vision, could only elevate the March 6, 2015 release.  Read More »

Josh Trank will probably be spending most of the next few years on the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, but even as he gets that figured out another of his projects has taken a step forward. The trades are reporting that writer Seth Lochhead has just been tapped to pen Shadow of the Colossus, a video game adaptation that Trank attached himself to last spring. Lochhead is best known for scripting 2011′s Hanna, the offbeat fairy tale actioner directed by Joe Wright. Read more after the jump.

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