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20th Century Fox is looking for someone to manage their superhero team The Fantastic Four for a much-needed cinematic reboot. Word has it that the current frrontrunner is newbie Josh Trank, director of the upcoming found footage superhero/villain film 'Chronicle,' which will mark his feature film debut. 'Chronicle' tells the story of three high school friends suddenly endowed with superpowers who document their testing of said powers in ways that propel them further and further down a dark path. The film was written by Max Landis, son of legendary director John Landis ('An American Werewolf in London'). Trank has apparently taken a number of meetings with Fox about the new Fantastic Four film, but the studio seems to be holding off on an official deal until they see how 'Chronicle' performs at the box office. However they are the ones who purchased the film for distribution so it's reasonable to assume they have confidence in 'Chronicle' and that Trank will land this fantastic new gig.
I'm really not kidding about how badly this property needs a reboot. That's not to say there weren't elements of the two existing films that I enjoyed, those elements were just very few and miles in between. What's going to be just as important as booking the right director for this reboot, as we learned the hard way in both 'Fantastic Four' and 'Rise of the Silver Surfer,' will be booking the right writer; no more Galactus fart clouds. But now the question becomes, what sort of director will Trank prove to be on this new project should he book the gig? Will he be fiery and opinionated? Is he willing to stretch and bend his vision to the studio's liking? Is he someone willing to have so little influence on the film that he's practically invisible? Rest assured, if 'Chronicle' performs well at the box office, he could end up being huge with a lot of weight to throw around.
'Chronicle' opens February 3rd