According to reports on Deadline, it appears that Fox has officially confirmed that director Josh Trank (Chronicle) is in final negotiations to helm the upcoming Fantastic Four franchise reboot. This long-awaited project will feature a brand new cast [ahem, Chris Evans] and is currently on the fast track after The Wolverine and the X-Men: First Class sequel finish production, signifying that they have a particular release date in mind.
With the success of The Amazing Spider-Man and the obvious blockbuster release of The Avengers, the Fantastic Four are another huge team who shares the comic books with a wide range of Marvel properties to join in a Cinematic Universe. Director Josh Trank is most well known for his directorial debut with last years Chronicle, a super powered film of its own, expanding the “found footage” genre to encompass superhero [and villain] storytelling. The success also brought him a close call with Sony’s upcoming Venom project not too long ago; a project that Sony hopes will expand the The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
Here’s hoping the focus on a darker tone that what we got in the previous Fantastic Four series.