Josh Trank Confirmed for 'Fantastic Four' + David Slade Off 'Daredevil'

July 12, 2012
Source: Deadline

Daredevil / Fantastic Four

Good news and bad news for fans of two forthcoming Marvel comic book hero franchise reboots has cropped up during the official kick-off of Comic-Con. First of all, as has long been rumored, Chronicle director Josh Trank is taking his talents behind the camera of super powered action and drama to an official comic book franchise by taking the helm of 20th Century Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four. The film will have an all-new cast and will be the next comic book film for the studio following The Wolverine, which just cast The Silver Samurai, and Deadline says it will be Trank's very next film. But that's not all the Marvel news from Fox.

Though Fox has a director confirmed for Fantastic Four, they studio now finds themselves without a filmmaker for their reboot of Daredevil. Though 30 Days of Night and Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade was slated to be behind the camera, it sounds like his commitment to direct the pilot for the Silence of the Lambs series adaptation "Hannibal" will keep him too busy. This is interesting because unless Fox finds a new director quickly to get the film off the ground by the fall, the rights to Daredevil will revert back to Marvel Studios. But apparently the studio isn't exactly doing everything in their power to get Daredevil off the ground, so maybe it will just end up back in the hands of Marvel anyway.

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  • moutchy
    Well then let's just hope Marvel gets Daredevil back! :-)
    • I'm all for that. The best part of Daredevil was everything but Ben Affleck as Daredevil. It's just too bad Michael Clark Duncan passed away. I would have loved to see him as Kingpin again.
  • kaiser
    Personally I would prefer Daredevil got off the ground rather than the Fantastic 4, having said that, the best thing to happen to Matt Murdock would be the rights reverting back to Marvel
  • Poor DC -.-
  • Seriously please let Marvel get the rights back for Daredevil it will be so much better!
  • One can hope that all of marvels properties end up back in their hands.
  • Jericho
    i would wish for DareDevil to go to marvel...but i fear if this happens he will be placed under Marvel Knights....
  • Lamar
    Reaction to David Slade not directing: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (sob) (sob) Reaction to DD possibly reverting back to Marvel: Anyone who attempts to get this movie off the ground before Fall must be stopped...BY ANY. MEANS. NECESSARY!
  • jah p
    I was hoping FF would go back to Marvel, oh well, there goes my hopes of possibly seeing a Hulk vs Thing smackdown!
  • ryderup
    dardevil is one film I want to see in a gritty "Frank Miller-esque" setting. So that is one superhero I don't think Marvel would make the best with. I don't see him in the Avengers-universe...
  • LebowskiT1000
    I think they should have Mark Steven Johnson direct Fantastic Four and Tim Story direct Daredevil. :) I don't know why people don't like those movies, I loved 'em. But I'm excited to see someone else take the reins. Hopefully Josh Trank will rock it and hopefully they'll get someone quick on Daredevil.
  • silentjay
    How many times do we have to reboot the fantastic 4? I guess the 3rd time is the charm!!!
  • max
    Does that mean we have to suffer yet another origin story with the FF4?
  • Sean
    I don't understand how anyone can like David Slade...he hasn't made a good film since Hard Candy.
  • jerryofthewest
    In the FF case, I would not mind a reboot, origin story and all. FF should not try to be Batman, but it needs a film that takes itself seriously in terms of the technical stuff. Character humor is great, but the foundation was too lighthearted last time around.
  • Matt
    Id like to say that Im the biggest Daredevil fan out there and Oh.My.God. PLEASE let this go to Marvel and PLEASE let it be good. All props to whatshisface director who directed the first one because Iv listened to the dvd commentary and hes really a fan who did his best but the studios held him back. Let this movie be made soon!!!!
  • Ganga
    Come on. Can't anyone think of something new for a change??? Instead of re-booting all the time. Has the human race become so brain dead that its lost all imagination (that includes the ppl who go watch these reboots)
  • both franchises need to revert back to Marvel Studios, that way the Secret Invasion storyline can be done with the Skrulls. Daredevil, Punisher and Ghost Rider all need to be properly done by Marvel Studios and I'm pretty sure they will. I'd also like Sony to stop doing Spider-man but I don't think that will happen.
  • Apparently Jason Statham wanted to play Daredevil.




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