Studio announces upcoming plans at Comic-Con 2012
20th Century Fox has opened Comic-Con with the news that it has a few developments up its sleeves. The studio is lining up a reboot of Fantastic Four with Chronicle director Josh Trank at the helm. While Trank has been offered, and attached to, a number of different projects since Chronicle, Fox wants Fantastic Four to be his next directorial outing. The project has been delayed due to the studio’s focus on X-Men: First Class and the upcoming release of The Wolverine. The film will feature a new cast lineup, although nothing has been announced regarding the storyline. The original Fantastic Four movie was released in 2005, so it will be interesting to see what direction the studio takes the reboot.
Meanwhile, the studio’s reboot of Daredevil has lost momentum after director David Slade dropped out of the project. Slade is currently working on the pilot of the series Hannibal, but time is against the studio. It will reportedly lose the rights to the property back to Marvel Studios and Disney if it does not begin production work this year. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this because there is the risk that the studio will end up releasing a sub-par movie just to keep the rights to the license.
Finally, the studio announced plans for an E.T.-style story called Rust. The script has been written by Aline Brosh McKenna and based on the Royden Lepp novel about a struggling farm family and the mysterious robot that shows up and changes their lives. The family-friendly flick will be directed by Joe Cornish (Attack The Block).