Matthew Vaughn to Produce New ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie
Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has signed on to produce a Fantastic Four reboot for Fox. The film is set to be helmed by Chronicle director Josh Trank, and has been slated for a March 6, 2015 release.
Fox's first two Fantastic Four films, directed by Tim Story, starred Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis and Jessica Alba as the superhero family, and grossed a combined total of more than $600 million, though they were panned by critics. Much like Columbia Pictures' recent reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man, Fox needs to crank out a new FF movie so that the rights to the characters do not revert to Marvel Studios and Disney.
Vaughn has already developed a working relationship with Fox, having written and directed X-Men: First Class. He is also producing its follow-up, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the sequel to Kick-Ass, though he does not yet have another directing job lined up. He knows his way around a comic book movie, too, as both First Class and Kick-Ass are among the Top 25 Based-on-Comics movies on Flickchart, and in the Top 1000 of all films in Flickchart's database of 43,000-plus titles.
The Fantastic Four, as the reboot is currently titled, already joins a slate of planned 2015 comic book movies that includes Marvel Comics properties The Avengers 2, Ant-Man and a possible solo Hulk movie.
via The Wrap