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How The 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Might Be Changing Canon, And Why That's A Good Thing

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 20, 2014 4:02 PM
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Fantastic Four Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara & Jamie Bell
Poor Josh Trank has had to answer a sea of rumors in putting together his vision for "The Fantastic Four." The scrutiny is understandable: this is a property that has been adapted into film twice already (three times if you count a basically-unreleased early '90s incarnation), each time failing to impress the hardcore fans. And Fox, eager to kick-start the series to keep it from reverting back to Marvel, have been keeping things close to the vest, refusing to disclose any story details for a film that’s a little over a year away, and about to begin production. But if this latest casting notice is anything to go by, Fox is playing fast and loose with the series. And why not?

Rumor: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 2' To Face 'Batman Vs. Superman' In 2016 Plus Josh Trank Denies Female Dr. Doom

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 1:00 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
It was sort of a dick move when Warner Bros. moved "Batman Vs. Superman" out of 2015 and right onto a 2016 date already called by Marvel for a currently untitled movie. And while nothing is official as to what they'll place against the DC Comics powerhouse, a rumor is suggesting they're gonna bank on their new batch of superheroes.

Annapurna Drops ‘Terminator: Genesis’; Josh Trank Denies Recent 'Fanstastic Four' Rumors; Kevin Smith Making Horror Anthology

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 24, 2014 6:35 PM
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A few bits and pieces of news are lying about from the tentpole/genre world this evening, so let’s get to them. The first is some potential trouble with the upcoming “Terminator: Genesis” film, a reboot of the “Terminator” franchise set to star Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as John Connor and potentially Jai Courtney among other candidates for the role of Kyle Reese. One of the major financiers on the project was Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, but Ellison’s company has dropped out as producer leaving her brother David's Skydance shingle and Paramount to foot the bill.

‘Chronicle’ Star Michael B. Jordan Considered For Human Torch In ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 2, 2013 10:52 AM
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According to The Wrap, the first member of the rebooted “Fantastic Four” might be cast – Michael B. Jordan, who co-starred in director Josh Trank’s previous movie, the more-clever-than-it-had-any-right-to-be “Chronicle,” seems to be in contention to play The Human Torch aka Johnny Storm. The reboot is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.

'Hanna' Co-Writer Seth Lochhead To Pen Josh Trank's 'Shadow of Colossus'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 9, 2013 10:23 AM
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When word came out early last summer that Sony was going ahead with an adaptation of the video game “Shadow of the Colossus,” it was perplexing to say the least. Many wondered just how they would go about pulling it off. Now THR reports that Seth Lochhead, who co-wrote the Joe Wright film “Hanna,” will be working on the script. “Chronicle” director Josh Trank is still attached to direct.

Josh Trank's 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Gets Spring 2015 Release Date In An Already Superhero Stuffed Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2012 9:52 AM
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This past summer, many wondered if five years between "Spider-Man 3" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" was a big enough space to reboot the superhero franchise. Well, numbers don't lie and with over $750 million worldwide, it seems there were more than enough folks ready for more Peter Parker. That being said, the "Fantastic Four" duo of films aren't as fondly remembered as Sam Raimi's Spidey pictures, and frankly they could reboot it next week for all anyone cares. But it looks like they'll take their time to get it right.

David Slade Exits 'Daredevil,' Fox Facing Fall Deadline To Start Filming Or Else Rights Go Back To Marvel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2012 7:00 AM
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Comic-Con officially begins today, but Fox, who've been a frequent presence at the event in past years (including stealing the show in 2011 with the first footage from "Prometheus"), are more or less absent, other than a separate panel for their 2013 summer hope "After Earth." More than anything else, it's simply because they don't have anything relevant to show; the long-delayed "The Wolverine" is only getting underway in the next few weeks, and "X-Men: First Class 2" won't shoot until early next year.

Josh Trank's 'Venom' Movie May Tie Into 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Universe

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 11, 2012 11:40 AM
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Long before the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” pressed the reset button on the lucrative Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire-era of films about our favorite web slinger, there was talk of a standalone film starring Spidey’s arch nemesis Venom. Having been portrayed by “That ‘70s Show” veteran Topher Grace in the poorly-received (but still financially successful) third entry in the Raimi-helmed series, Venom was a product of the blend of a black symbiote suit that turned Spidey to the dark side along with Peter Parker's rival Eddie Brock.

'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Takes Another Project, Adaptation Of Video Game 'Shadow Of The Colossus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 4:43 PM
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Having delivered a handsome sleeper hit on a thrifty budget, everyone wants to work with director Josh Trank. The 26-year-old helmer was the man behind "Chronicle," which made back its $12 million budget ten times over on release in February, and since then he's been lining up all kinds of projects; while he won't direct any "Chronicle" sequel, he is attached to a film version of Soviet-themed comic book "The Red Star," and is developing not one, but two major superhero franchises, in Sony's "Venom" and Fox's "Fantastic Four."

Max Landis Talks 'Chronicle 2': Says Josh Trank Unlikely To Direct, Matt Will Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 6:33 PM
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It would seem with the glut of superhero movies it's becoming increasingly challenging to tell the story of someone possessing great powers and learning how to deal with them in a fresh and original way, but writer Max Landis and director Josh Trank did just that with "Chronicle." The duo imbued the familiar story of teenagers acquiring some extraordinary skills and pitched it against the pain of adolescene with stakes that weren't rooted in some kind of grand plot against the world (indeed, there was no real villain) but instead in the emotional turmoil of the characters. And thrown against some incredibly exciting set pieces, it was definitely one of the most fun times we've had at the movies so far this year.

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