Daredevil Director Drops Out; Chronicle Director Confirmed for Fantastic Four
07.12.12 by Ryan
Twentieth Century Fox won't be making a huge splash at this year's Comic-Con, but they are making their presence known with an announcement about two of their Marvel franchises.
According to Deadline, Fox has confirmed that Josh Trank will direct their reboot of Fantastic Four, as was rumored earlier this year. Trank impressed the studio with his "found footage" superhero movie Chronicle, and, while Trank played coy with reporters about the project in January, he will likely make the reboot his next directing project.
Things are not going as well for Fox's Daredevil reboot, which is now without director David Slade. Attached to the reboot since last March, Slade couldn't fit the movie into his schedule now that he is directing pilot for the upcoming NBC series Hannibal. In April, David James Kelley was hired to rewrite the script originally penned by Brad Caleb Kane (Brooklyn's Finest) and based on comic book writer and artist Frank Miller's 1986 "Born Again" story arc written by Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli.
What Fox plans to do with Daredevil is unknown, but the studio only has until this fall to start shooting before they are contractually obligated to hand the rights back to Marvel Studios and parent company Disney. It wouldn't be the first time a studio has spent a lot of money developing a project only to abandon it, but it all depends on how lucrative Fox feels a Daredevil franchise might be.