Director Josh Trank Responds to Fantastic Four Rumors
01.30.12 by Ryan
Director Josh Trank made his feature debut with the "found footage" superhero movie Chronicle, which, unlike most movies featuring ordinary people who discover they have superpowers, wasn't based on any comic book. While audiences have yet to respond to Chronicle, the movie has caught the attention of Twentieth Century Fox, who reportedly made Trank their "frontrunner" to direct their reboot of Fantastic Four, which the studio has been planning since 2009, even hiring Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green to write the script that same year.
Fox's interest is news to Trank, who told SuperHeroHype that he knows "as much as you guys know" about the Fantastic Four reboot, and may not be too interested in the job.
I know as much as you guys know. I'm totally serious. I know as much as you. I saw that leak online and I was like, "Um, okay, I'm trying to finish Chronicle right now." This is weird. There's nothing to say, Chronicle is exactly the kind of superhero movie that I wanted to make and, going forward, I want to have some original ideas and different things I'm working on.
Tranks reportedly met with Fox about the possibility of directing the Fantastic Four reboot, which sounds like it could be true since Trank described the news of involvement as a "leak." Still, it sounds like the director may want to move on to other projects. Either that, or he is hoping to get Fox to up their offer.
Fox has to continue to develop a Fantastic Four movie or the rights to the franchise will revert back to Marvel, which Marvel and parent company Disney would like, but Fox obviously would not. The studio owns the rights to Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the X-Men franchise. The first Fantastic Four movie arrived in 2005, earning $330 million worldwide, while the 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, earned $289 million worldwide. Both movies were dismissed by critics and fans alike.
We doubt this is the last we've heard about the Fantastic Four reboot. Meanwhile, Chronicle opens this Friday.