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His big-screen debut is still a few weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped 20th Century Fox from naming newcomer Josh Trank as its frontrunner for directing its planned reboot of Fantastic Four. The studio seems confident that Trank’s work on Chronicle, out Feb. 3, is strong enough to consider handing him the keys to a big-budget franchise.
The news is less strange than you think, as Chronicle is an low-budget found-footage take on the superhero genre. It centers on three high school kids who mysteriously develop telekinetic abilities. Fox has been eager to take another crack at Marvel’s first family following the timid response to the 2005 original and its less-tolerated 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Trank is currently in meetings with Fox about the reboot according to Variety. The studio is currently waiting on another draft of the script from Green Lantern scribe Michael Green.
Marc Webb got The Amazing Spider-Man after directing (500) Days of Summer and Trank will likely get Fantastic Four. Looks like the Venn diagrams for directors of low-budget films and superhero reboots overlap more than we thought. Studios that still retain the rights to superheroes seem interested in finding ways to infuse new ideas while keeping costs down.