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CHRONICLE's Josh Trank is officially announced as helming Fox's reboot of FANTASTIC FOUR!!!

Hey folks, Harry here...  If FOX doesn't cheap out on this film, if they bet heavily on Trank - if they let him get the script where he's 100% happy, if they get a cast that doesn't belch out "SECOND TIER" - and if they do it absolutely perfect, make it big SCI FI...   And then Josh Trank directs this with the emotion that he brought out of CHRONICLE, a film that counts.  Where every action has a weight on these characters, and yet is still fun, still a discovery and still awesome...  MAN, a great FANTASTIC FOUR movie is still eluding us.   To everyone that loves MARVEL - this is where it started.   FANTASTIC FOUR.   This movie, done right - absolutely fantastic.   

Mike Fleming at DEADLINE was given the scoop on this and a small handful of FOX projects, though this one has my heart.   This is what I have wanted to hear, Trank is sharp as hell.   Hopefully the process doesn't eat his soul.   I just want Trank to come out of this as one of THE directors to watch, ya know?

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  • July 12, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Am i Actually First?

    by Dan Lalonde

    Get Chris Evans back.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST


    by griffithstrife

    This will suck

  • July 12, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Terrible grammar

    by laurence

    That's the worst piece of writing I think i've ever read. First this site claims some shoddy average Batman fan art as awesome and now the head of the site can't actually write a paragraph grammatically correct. Yay to journalism.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    aaand horrible

    by wcolbert

    No, no I don't know that for certain.. Except I do. Kidding. But IMO Chronicle...not exactly compelling evidence to the contrary.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST

    That's a lot of IF's Harry

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    Some big ones at that. Big or small, Trank just needs to get a good and interesting story, not the cookie cutter version we got out of the last 2 films.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Jessica Alba didn't do it for me as a blonde

    by Titus05

  • July 12, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    The guy has only directed Chronicle and a few tv shoes... and he is already given this behemoth to navigate? This project could quickly devolve.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

  • Also, get a natural blonde for Susan Storm this time.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    2005's FF got a lot right too. Thing and Johnny were spot on.

    by Angry Mike

  • July 12, 2012, 2:52 a.m. CST

    FOX in smart decision shocker!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Excellent choice. Fingers crossed this is awesome. Out of all the marvel characters, none do I love more than The Fantastic Four. They deserve a great film. Before you fuckers start shooting Trank down, just remember that it could have been another Tim Story or some other bullshit choice who can't make a good superhero movie to save their life. Trank cares and knows how to direct the fuck out of this type of film. Chronicle turned out to be one of the best Marvel movies Marvel never made.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Re: Terrible grammar

    by Nigel

    @fever Harry is a blogger, not a journalist. There's a big difference!

  • July 12, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    FF is more hard-core SF than super hero. I hope they get that right.

    by Raptor Jesus

    And a great cast.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    i loved chronicle, but FUCK THE FANTASTIC FOUR

    by georgecauldron

    God damn, Hollywood, you already failed twice. Grow a fucking pair and make something original!

  • July 12, 2012, 3 a.m. CST

    Chronicle was boring as fuck.

    by Volllllume3

    Poor little kid that's picked on all his life gets superpowers and turns into a sociopath. Gee, how original. I was hoping FF would go back to Marvel. But companies like Fox and Sony will milk these franchises dry it seems.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    ELUDING us not ALLUDING us

    by Fuck The Napkin

    'Elude' means to stay out of the reach of something. 'Allude' means to imply something.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:09 a.m. CST

    suntzu77, who would you rather have then?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    We wouldn't have arguably 2 of the greatest superhero movies ever made if chances were not taken on Singer and Nolan, both of who had only made in comparison 2 low budget movies before hand.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

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    by TheMcflyFarm

  • July 12, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

    The man is a genius! He's the second coming of Jesus Christ himself! Barber Shop > The Godfather.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm


  • July 12, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST

    laughing @ themcflyfarm's failed trolling attempt

    by Talkbacker with no name

    ha dumbo

  • July 12, 2012, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Hard to get excited over this guy

    by Bass Ackwards

    He directed a concept latching onto the latest fads, superheroes and found footage. Don't think there was anything really exceptional or special about it, and what was decent really owes to the script by Landis, rather then the direction. Which isn't to knock the guy either, it was a film that limits what a director can do (limited budget, limited cast, stylistically the found footage form dictates itself), so it will be interesting to see what he can do. But this feels like a lazy choice to just get a director on the cheap, rather then getting a strong director with a unique voice and vision, in the way guys like Singer, Nolan, and Favreau had demonstrated themselves. But at least it's not a bland choice, like Joe Johnston or Martin Campbell. But post Incredibles, several X-Men, and Avengers, we've seen the team-up superhero flick done pretty well. Hopefully there's an interesting take on this beyond the origin story being different. But Harry is right, "all" they have to do is make it absolutely perfect, I wonder why other filmmakers haven't realized this? "D'oh, why did we make such a crummy film when the only thing we had to do was make it absolutely perfect!"

  • July 12, 2012, 3:47 a.m. CST

    ...if they do it absolutely perfect...

    by Voice O. Reason

    A little like saying "The Cubs will win tomorrow....if they score more points than the other team."

  • July 12, 2012, 3:49 a.m. CST

    fingers crossed...

    by Lemure_v2

    but anyone remember how great Tsotsi was, and then how cool it would be if Gavin Hood directed a superhero movie, and how exciting it was that he was going to do Wolverine...? Fingers crossed!

  • July 12, 2012, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Just Don't Think It Works

    by Tony

    I will be more than happy to be proved wrong on this, but I just don't see how Fantastic Four works on the big screen. It's much younger skewed than the other Marvel comics, unsurprisingly given that it was first and was before they targeted their classic audience. Human Torch can of course work, and to a lesser extent the Thing and Sue Storm. But Reed Richards? The mind yes, but 'Mr Stretchy Man'!?! If that was one of the powers of a multi-ability character it's the one they'd lose in a big screen transfer. But in his case it's THE ability, other than his brain! So it has to be front and centre and, regardless of who directs it, IT IS RIDICULOUS onscreen. I really hope that someone with talent proves me wrong but, for me, some comic characters should stay on the page.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:51 a.m. CST

    "talkbacker with no name " ... "bass ackwards" nails it.

    by SunTzu77

    If you're gambler.... go with Carl Rinsch... his short, "The Gift," is both better written and directed than, "Chronicle." The same with Daniel Espinosa... he delivered with "Easy Money." "Chronicle" felt like an "Adobe After Effects / Video Copilot" reel in the form of "found footage." Otherwise... I would have probably gone with (off the top of my head).... Tony Gilroy... Doug Liman... Ruben Fleischer.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    bass ackwards

    by Talkbacker with no name

    You don't think Singer was cheap for X-Men? Same goes for Nolan on Batman. I of course mean cheap in comparison to big name directors at the time. I don't personally think Zathura, Elf and Made demonstrated Favreau had a unique voice and vision, but that's just me I guess. The point is, a chance was taken on all the guys you mention. Now it's Trank's turn and I'm all for it.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST

    suntzu77, fair enough

    by Talkbacker with no name

    but Mr & Mrs Doug "jumper" Liman Smith? thanks :)

  • July 12, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Let's be honest.. can't we?

    by James Robinson

    The Fantastic Four films really WEREN'T all that bad, with the one GLARING exception of Jessica Alba. Any time she did anything on screen... she looked like she was about to take a nap.. "oh.. that was stressful, I'm SOOOO sleeepy now." Add that to the horrific closeups you got with the blu-rays of her acne shellacked over with make-up and it could have been used as an entry for a Creature From The Black Lagoon remake. Everyone else in the films did a perfectly fine job with what they had and the story they had to tell. Ok.. except the 'Galactus is a big Vger cloud'.... that kinda sucked balls :(

  • July 12, 2012, 4:04 a.m. CST

    and sony hired webb..

    by walt

    fox lucked into first class...which i still dont like they dont get will be fucked

  • July 12, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Is Max Landis on the team?

    by BEHEM Pascal

    That could help.

  • July 12, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Doug Liman

    by SunTzu77

    I wouldn't discount him based on those films.... he also did The Bourne Identity and Fair Game. He also produces some solid shows... see "Suits." I believe it's on Hulu.

  • July 12, 2012, 4:38 a.m. CST

    talkbacker with no name

    by Bass Ackwards

    Favreau wrote two films and directed 3 that demonstrated a capability and range. Nothing about Trunk demonstrates the capability that Nolan, Singer, or Favreau had demonstrated prior to their superhero entries. You're right its a chance, and as someone who is not a FF4 fan, its not one that I'm terribly invested in. Just saying, there's really nothing about the guy to get excited over.

  • July 12, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Both FF movies were enjoyable

    by Kakii

    The only real thing they got wrong which was a biggy - Dr Doom! Getting such an iconic villain wrong is what let the films down even though they did try harder with him in FF:ROTSS. As for Galactus, Im still in 2 minds if that was a good decision as Im not sure the general public was quite ready at that point to see a giant in purple try and eat a planet. The dynamic between Torch and the Thing was cool and injected some fun into it at a time when most comic book films were being dark and brooding, the balance in the FF films was nearly about right in that respect. Chronicle was quite good and I hope Trank can do the FF the justice they deserve, just keep the suits from micro managing or his career could be over before he actually gets started.

  • July 12, 2012, 5:06 a.m. CST

    bass ackwards, you are right

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Trunk didn't demonstrate the capability that Nolan, Singer, or Favreau had demonstrated prior to their superhero entries. He just came right out the gate with a solid entry that is making a lot of people's/critic's top Superhero movies ever made list. He must have done something right. But, cool. You are entitled to your opinion. I'm excited at the news. You are not. Time will tell if he has the chops I guess.

  • July 12, 2012, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Who cares? This is still being made by FOX

    by D.Vader

    You think after two shitty movies they're just suddenly going to *become* smarter?

  • July 12, 2012, 5:46 a.m. CST

    alba was creepy in Part 2

    by Bouncy X

    i dont know why they suddenly decided to give her blue eye contacts for the sequel but it was weird after having her natural eyes in the first. and it didnt help they used a blue that made them seem weird and otherworldly, not natural. looked like she belonged in those Dune tv movies. same thing happened to Dr. Evil and Mini Me in the 3rd Austin Powers. they go two movies with normal brown/dark eyes and suddenly its glowing blue...i figured they would have some cheesy sci-fi explanation due to them being in space so long but was meant to be normal, proven when the flashback of him as a kid comes and he still has the creepy blue eyes. weird.

  • A few rounds of head will seriously take your edge off.

  • July 12, 2012, 6:26 a.m. CST

    I mean "any development would have STOPPED"

    by Autodidact

  • July 12, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    This TB raises one question: Who came on Tim Story's shoe?

    by Autodidact

  • July 12, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    sounds like a lot of ''ifs''

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    too many

  • July 12, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Director of Chronicle?

    by Hipshot

    At least we can look forward to a Sacrificial Negro. Huzzah!

  • July 12, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST


    by the new transported man


  • And they did way too much power-losing and power-switching although I guess that does tend to feature prominently in FF stories.

  • July 12, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Is it The Thing, or just Thing? I can't remember.

    by Autodidact

  • July 12, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I loved the original films.

    by knowthyself

    They were light, fun, and a nice change of pace from the over serious comic book films. Spiderman also used to be one of those until the reboot. So I beg Fox, please don't make a depressing EMO Fantastic Four.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    D.Vader- well Fox did go from Wolverine Origins to First Class.

    by knowthyself

    So anything is possible.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I love the sci-fi aspects of FF. And gotta have Galactus.

    by smudgewhat

  • July 12, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    With only one film I don't think Marc Webb was ready for Spidey.

    by knowthyself

    Maybe this guy should do another movie first.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Fantastic Four faces the same problems as Green Lantern

    by Chewbacca_Khan

    To be as cosmic in scale as it has to be and stay true to the material means that it won't translate into a 2 hour feature. Annihilus, Galactus, none of the great FF villians work on screen. Even Doom has to have his origin altered.

  • 3 good X-Men movies, all with Bryan Singer's involvement.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by Christian Sylvain

    Trank has only made like one film and it was okay at best. Not really much to get excited about.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Sorry ... The Thing Was Not Evenb Remotely Spot On

    by Sean

    Tiny guy in a rubber suit? Sorry that was not at all doing it for me. Give me a CG Thing in this new move that actually looks like the one in the comic books.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    So another Origin Story, or just recast and move on?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    This is even potentially sooner than the Spidey reboot.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

    Oh well, at least we have the Avengers now.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Chronicle would have worked much better....

    by Dan

    without the damn found footage crap- such a tired, stupid gimmick, ruins the film for rewatchability. The constant editing is made for ADD morons. At this point, let him have FF, he couldn't do worse than the last flick and hopefully we'll get a fun, sci-fi adventure story with CG-enhanced Thing, so he can move around and look productive instead of stiff and cheap.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    @ Captain Spaulding...

    by 3774

    It's nice that someone else thought the exact same thing. A Latina Susan Storm would only work if you changed up *everyone's* background. Otherwise it just comes off as exactly what it was - a blatant 'penis appeal' choice. And a cloud 'Galactus' shows a complete lack of nerve, and was a huge letdown. Note to execs: it's a comic book movie. A giant space-man in the sky is *not* too cheesy. And you ruined and robbed us of arguably one of the most anticipated Wednesday Club movie moments of all time. Nice going. Other than those to complaints, everything else worked well enough. The extreme hate for them is just a nerd fad-wave.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by big_dicks_cum_from_small_beginnings

    Those tits are destined for the big screen.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by JMG84

  • July 12, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Gillian Jacobs as Sue Storm

    by SutureSelf

  • July 12, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Would rather see "Chronicle II".

    by ChickenStu

    I loved that movie

  • July 12, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Oh goody, more space cloud Galactus!

    by Thanos0145

    If there is one property that Disney should buy back, it is the Fantastic Four.

  • Gillian Jacobs as Sue Storm Nathan Fillion as Reed Richards Jensen Ackles as Johnny Storm etc...etc...

  • July 12, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    The only movie they should do with the Fantastic Four...

    by I Hope You Die

    Is a Dr Doom biopic. Isn't it about time we had a big supervillain movie?

  • July 12, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    This is a very tough nut to crack.

    by jgsugden

    Of all the comic hero properties, the FF are perhaps the most obviously dated. Everything about them screams of the 1960s. Their origen. Their iconic villians. The simplicity of their powers. There is a reason that Marvel's first heroes have not dominated Marvel's world like DC's first hero dominates theirs. The best thing Marvel can do with the FF are relegate them to background characters. They only have the depth of supporting characters - make them supporting characters.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by falomd

    The FF problems was casting a hispanic descent lady with tinted blonde hair playing sue storm because she was the flavor of the month. the thing costume limit his mobility a lot. For remake have an excellent casting, if fox owns rights xmen/daredevil/FF then do cameo appearances. Make your own universe a la avengers colossus or juggernaut vs the thing CGI motion capture. Beast helping Dr. Richards in a scientific manner. Human torch and iceman. Imagine the combinations. PS I'm hispanic so is not racist.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    i hope you die - Great idea about the Dr. Doom biopic

    by F This

    That could be really cool. Show the story of Dr. Doom's life, and his encounters with the FF all from his point of view.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Harry, I love your passion but.....

    by shane peterson

    wow. That writing up I, could, go on, but, there's so many grammar mishaps. that it's painful to look. at and it made me laugh. out loud yes it did.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Loved Chronicle and I'd love to see a great FF!

    by Bigdada


  • But seeing how it's stil in the hands of Fox I have my doubts. Though they did prove me wrong with X-Men First Class, and hopefully they can do the same here. But the doubts are still there. Haven't seen Chronicle so I need to check this out.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I will say that this is a Reboot that's WELCOME.

    by Wcwlkr

    I mean anything to wash the taste out of our mouths of those GOD LEVEL AWFUL of those 2 films. I didn't even think it was possible for the 2nd one to be worse than the first yet it was. Batman & Robin level bad.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Chronicle was brilliant

    by thommcg

    Absolutely loved it.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Sw0rdfish

    "Of all the comic hero properties, the FF are perhaps the most obviously dated. Everything about them screams of the 1960s." Very true--and that's why I'd love to see it done as a period piece. Put them back in the '60's, where they were born, and give a whole different feel to the movie. Of course, I'd still like to see Kerry Conran do a 1930's Superman movie. Or anything else, for that matter.....

  • This. Oh my god, this. Please. I've been saying the same thing about Dr. Strange. Have it take place in the 70's, and shoot it dirty grindhouse style. F4 in the sixties, with modern effects but old school film/camera work, including retro studio logo, would be...well. Fantastic.

  • He gets mad cause his Mom dies, (of natural causes, sure she had a skeezy husband, but she was terminal regardless,) and a girl he made out with at a party rejected him, he gets teased! Big fucking whoop!! Get over it, you whiny emo douche!

  • July 12, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    set it in the 60s

    by repo_man

    The Incredibles pretty much did this already, and they tried it with First Class, where it barely registered - although the clothes and music were of the time, and there were historical references to ground it there, the film didn't really feel like it was set in the 60s. But that's probably because there weren't really any "normal" people in it - just mutants, military, and government personnel. Who usually dress the same whatever film they're in, whenever it's set. I'd like to see a 1940s Black & White Batman film with modern CGI, but it'd probably be a lot like Sin City

  • July 12, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    You've got the properties. Use them. The Fantastic Four are not "cool" enough for dipshit average joe filmgoers to get into without a hook. That hook needs to be a fleshed-out "secondary" Marvel Universe. AVENGERS = Ultimate. FF/X-Men = 616. Make it work.

  • July 12, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    You give Trank WAY too much credit

    by Hail

    Sharp as hell?

  • July 12, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    pleeeeaasse set it in the 60s.

    by JAMF

    it could even have a cameo from the 60s antman to be seen in flashback in edgar wrights antman film. right? right. never happen...

  • July 12, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    shit that'll teach me

    by JAMF

    hadn't even read the article properly. FOX is making it. fuck it, then.

  • July 12, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Let's have the MOLE MAN!


    That'll be cool.

  • July 12, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    And a CGI THING.


    As that suit didn't look very convincing in the other 2.

  • Cause I seem to recall them being complete shite throughout. Doom was horrible on every level (the suit was ok but how he got it and who he was..blah blah blah forever). They made the very attractive Jessica Alba freakish looking in the 2nd one. Bad main role casting across the board outside of Evans for Johnny/Torch and Jones/Fishburne for Silver Sufer suit/voice (a couple of the smaller roles were actually cast very well, Braugher as the general in the 2nd, Holden underused in the first one). But the overall hamfisted campy tone was not "kid"-like but just what people who have no inside think other people (kids, fans, etc) would love. The "penis bait" take on Alba's casting is a good epithet - this movie seems like it was put together based only upon what the suits felt that all the varied people who would see it would like to see. You know - the stuff you must discount and hope for, not actually shoved the "circular" creative aspects of the project into the "square" hole of making everybody happy. That doesn't even begin to discuss the story itself, plot holes and so on... There's always a lot of retconning going on these tb's - people now hate on Dark Knight or praise Bayformers when they, or many others, did the opposite mere years or months before...but I really wanted to like these movies...and just couldn't. It's the exceptions to 98% crap that make it at all good. My opinion and all that...of course.

  • July 12, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    thanos0145 is right about . .

    by Clark Kunt

    Disney should buy back the rights for FF and handle the series themselves. A new FF movie could be done with a balance of humor, suspense and action sequences that would appeal to a wide audience. Then, they would be available to enhance the Avengers. I mean, how cool would it have been, during the big battle in New York, if the Fantastic Four would have shown up to help fight the invaders? Maybe just one of them, like the Human Torch? They already had Chris Evans on the set, they could've had him play both parts! LOL!! I'm kind of kidding now, but the idea of having FF cameo in a future Avengers movie is cool.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Go Ultimate!!

    by iharlequin

    Ultimate FF was a great take on the story. Aside from the Doom hoofs they really didn't screw it up until issue #34.

  • July 12, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST



    wake me up from hibernation when this superhero fad is played out. I will go into said hybernation AFTER seeing the best movie of the year, The Dark Knight Returns.

  • July 12, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Kree/Skrull War!

    by Royston Lodge

    Make it so.

  • July 12, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Chronicle was damn good.

    by venvariants

    He is like taking Gareth Edwards from Monsters and giving him Godzilla. Trank did the most he could with a low budget, and the result was better than most of the high scale superhero movies. A wise choice, and a smart eye for hungry talent.

  • July 12, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Get Brad Bird, dammit, BRAD BIRD!!!!!!!!

    by Drath

    Fucking idiots! Marvel how can you not take these rights back? Can't you hire assassins or blackmailers? Don't tell me Marvel doesn't have fans who are both of those things and who would do it for a discount (the ones who would do it for free being too likely to turn on you and Disney later)!

  • July 12, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    The Found Footage 4

    by animatronicmojo

    Can't imagine that this will get anywhere near the epic budget, rock-solid script and brilliant cast that it would absolutely need to be done right. So, yeah, maybe a low-budget- "OMG! I can't believe this is happening to us!"- shaky-cam found footage approach could be, erm, interesting. (I keed.) <P> Of the pre-re-boots, I too thought that Chris Evans was OK as Johnny Storm, and that Chiklis was actually a pretty great Ben Grimm- the stuff with Linda was right out of the comic- but I am sorry, visually, a short guy in a foam suit does not The Thing make. <P> More than anything, they have got to give us a reason to appreciate and believe in Reed Richards if he is going to lead this show. Here is one of the most intelligent comic book characters ever, and he needs to act like it on every level. He is also incredibly brave, resourceful, and a true renegade adventurer. He is also the father figure to this group, and his and Sue Storm's love for each other has to be the emotional center of the film. <P> Likewise, Sue Storm cannot just be a bimbo in a leotard- she is a fully actualized woman with the heart of a lion, and there is a reason that she loves and believes in Reed. There is also a reason that her brother and Ben all believe in Reed, enough to go into space with him in an untested rocket. Find that reason, and I think you'll be half way to making a decent FF4 flick. <P> Casting is key, though. Ioan Gruffudd's not a bad actor by any stretch (*oof*), but he lacked that gravitas I am describing. Honestly, the only one I can think of who could pull this off is George Clooney. It's a role he seems born to play, but he needs a good script and solid direction. <P> Likewise, give us someone that we can believe in and completely fall in love with in Sue Storm. (God, I sound like Harry) Naomi Watts would be my first choice, although I've always seen Nicole Kidman in the role. Then again, someone younger and warmer, as in Amy Adams could be awfully swell, too. <P> I do really love the idea of setting this back in the year 1960. (If you do go retro, though, please hire a Leadman with a real affinity for the period- sorry, but First Class did not really nail this.) <P> If they don't give it the budget for an epic sci-fi adventure, they could get some great mileage out of a more character-driven origin story, with the first act thrillingly, even realistically, showing how the FF, acting on their own, became the first humans in space. <P> Given a great cast, I could see Trank really getting into the groove of a second act that focused on the pain and mastery of their individual transmutations. <P> Finally, you'd need a third act that would give them a real reason to re-team as a Fantastic Mr. Fox-Force Five Four- and, please, not because some goofy villain opens up a Ghostbusters portal to another dimension above NYC. In fact, just give it the villain-duties in this one to Fassbinder's Magneto. The character is well-established, the actor is magnificent, and the X-Men could make a guest appearance at the end. No need for some silly Mole-Man to pop out of nowhere, and a Dr. Doom done right (with appropriate origin and back-story, which also works much better in the 1960's) could then be saved for the sequel. <P>Yes! Build that 1960's Marvel-verse Fox.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by DoctorWho?

    If the Queen had balls she'd be King.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    And wake me ONLY if they cast Reed Richards right!

    by DoctorWho?

    Otherwise, just fuck off.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Just don't make it look like...

    by gamerawangi

    ... a "direct to DVD" movie like the past 2. Ugh. And layer it thick with Kirby, please!

  • July 12, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Jon Hamm as Reed Richards

    by chien_sale

    It's the only choice possible

  • July 13, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

    The whole point is that people with superpowers would not see the same need to 'get over things' as people who have to live with limits. The whole reason power corrupts is because many people (maybe even most) are only living within boundaries out of fear. You level those people up out of their fear even just a little bit, and they'll run wild. Not because of some operatic epic injustice they suffered, but because of petty stupid junior high shit that they're still bitter about. I think that CHRONICLE, by using a prosaic setting and a bunch of punk-ass kids, did a pretty convincing job of showing the birth of a supervillain in the 'real world'. I don't think that's the right approach for FF though.

  • July 13, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    good! No Jessica Alba dammit.

    by Stalkeye

    What fucking idiot came up with that casting suggestion? Forcing blue contact lenses on a Boricua is a step back in the sense of some Caucasian potraying an Asian. But had it not been for Evans and Chiklis, the FFfilms would have sucked altogether. Can't be as shitty as roger Corman's FF, however.

  • July 13, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Gillian Jacobs for Sue and other stupid casting wants

    by Larry Sellers

    Jessica Alba in whiteface looked ridiculous. I always thought Joe Anderson (Across the Universe, The Crazies) would make a good Johnny Storm. Andrew Lincoln for Reed? No? How about... Benjamin Walker? If they get a good budget, CG Thing and have Fred Tatasciore voice him. idea. Get rid of contrived reasons to have him show his face and just hire an actor with a strong, commanding presence and voice...or at least a voice? He doesn't have to be in the armor. Fuck it. Mark Strong. Mark Strong for everyone in the movie.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    What does EMO mean???????????????

    by thedoctor28

  • July 13, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I don't know Harry,

    by Mockingbuddha

    I thought The Incredibles was a pretty great Fantastic Four movie.

  • July 14, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise wants to play Reed Richards. No shit.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I hope to God that doesn't happen.