Anybody who saw 2005's "Fantastic Four"—or worse, its 2007 sequel, "Rise of the Silver Surfer"—knows that rebooting said franchise is a dicey proposition at best. It's not just that the "Fantastic Four" is the least popular Marvel title outside of "Ghost Rider" or... Or that the first two flicks were so horribly botched that they soured the general public on the whole idea, possibly forever. It's just that... No, wait, it is
So, we suppose that it can only help that Fox is stacking the deck for their forthcoming reboot, enlisting the help of all sorts of creative up-and-comers. First was "Chronicle" auteur Josh Trank, who will hopefully lend the project the same sense of realism, the accompanying heightened stakes, and the kinetic action that made that Dane DeHaan-starring flick so memorable. Then came producer Matthew Vaughn, late of "X-Men: First Class" and "Kick Ass." Now—according to The Hollywood Reporter
—the latest to join the party is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" scribe Seth Grahame-Smith.
Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the "Dark Shadows" remake for Tim Burton last year, will reportedly rewrite a script by Jeremy Slater. No word as yet whether the reboot will be another origin story, a la the first "Fantastic Four" or the recent "Amazing Spider-Man." Also yet to be seen? Which acting luminaries—or D-list nobodies, as the case ma be—Fox hires to play the titular foursome, now possibly the fourth or fifth most popular superhero team in moviedom. More details as they become available...