In just a few short weeks, a new superhero film emerges from 20th Century Fox: ‘Chronicle.’ In the currently popular styling of a documentary, the film focuses on three friends (played by Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell) who develop … Continue reading

Future Of ‘Fantastic Four’ May Depend On ‘Chronicle’

In just a few short weeks, a new superhero film emerges from 20th Century Fox: ‘Chronicle.’ In the currently popular styling of a documentary, the film focuses on three friends (played by Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell) who develop superpowers. What starts as a game takes a far more sinister turn as the powers grab hold.

At the helm of the film is novice director, Josh Trank. Fox is said to be extremely high on him and his film, so much so that Showblitz reports that he is a top contender to bring the ‘Fantastic Four’ to a new generation — or at least a slightly aged one. The studio’s taking it easy, though, waiting to see how ‘Chronicle’ performs at the box office and presumably what its critical reception is before pulling the trigger on setting Trank on the new film.

Despite rubbing most critics the wrong way, 2005′s ‘Fantastic Four’ and to a lesser extent its 2007 sequel, ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer’ performed well at the box office. The gimmick these days is to take superheroes as dead serious as religion. The two aforementioned films came out in a time when the genre was teetering between “hokey” and “serious.” With the depiction of the Thing, (Michael Chiklis) it’s easy to see which end the film’s favored.

So, right now, this news is kind of exciting, but ‘Chronicle’ is only at the “cool trailer” stage. Once its February 3 release comes and goes, you can get a better feel for whether or not Trank would be a good choice for the position.

For now, what do you think?

Source: Showblitz

  • Anonymous

    hmmmm. interesting.

  • Anonymous

    So, now I need to see found footage Generation X…
    If I want to have F4 2.0 possibly greenlit…
    Sigh.

  • ann rain

    The new batman films are the only ones that are dead serious. What is up with the hyperbowl from writers on this site lately?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LOFLPJULPQWGBZ5BK5GJSS4UBQ Reddog

    interesting, there chosing a new story that has no fanbase to vett out out a director’s capabilities so that said director could do a story that has a huge fanbase.  Sounds like a cost out measure to determine if a director is worth hiring for anything instead of hiring an established director to do a tentpole project with a huge budget.

  • Anonymous

    Yup.

  • Anonymous

    Still struggling to grasp what the allure of the Fantastic Four is.  I have always felt they were pretty lame.  Now I can see the point of a super hot chick that can do anything (or nothing), but really…Stretchy guy?  Rock guy? Flame guy? Pssssshhh.  

  • obijuanmartinez

    Agree! I much prefer ‘Action League Now’ – Maybe someone could do ‘The Mighty Heroes’…anyone ever seen ‘em? Rope Man, Cuckoo Man, Strong Man…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LOFLPJULPQWGBZ5BK5GJSS4UBQ Reddog

    stop it….you’re making me laugh at the troll…..

  • Anonymous

    Ya know voicing an opinion other than one that is rabidly positive does not necessarily make one a troll. Now if one had said “FF is gay and only fat retards like them”. Then that is quite troll-ish. Applying the term to everyone who doesn’t agree with you dilutes its potency.

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t know why they didn’t go with Sean Astin as director.  The guy was obviously the most passionate about it.

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t know why they didn’t go with Sean Astin as director.  He was obviously the most passionate about it.

  • http://twitter.com/MarvelWatch Jason DeMars

    Sort of.But if you hadn’t noticed, well-established directors very rarely take on superhero films. Usually only guys who need the paycheck.