Up and Coming Writer Jeremy Slater Hired for 'Fantastic Four' Reboot
The feature film presence at Comic-Con this year has certainly dwindled a bit with many studios opting out of the convention completely, but the news surrounding comic book properties hasn't slowed down at all. David Slade is no longer directing Daredevil and Jessica Biel is playing Viper in The Wolverine and now, hot on the heels of confirmation that Chronicle director Josh Trank would helm Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four, Heat Vision has word on who will write the script. Up and coming writer Jeremy Slater has been hired to write the new franchise beginning about a family of superheroes who don't always get along well.
Slater already has a burgeoning career as his horror spec script Tape 4, which centers around the mythology of H.P. Lovecraft has been set up at Lionsgate, not to mention My Spy, a teenage spy comedy that just got picked up by Universal Pictures with Bad Teacher helmer Jake Kasdan attached to direct. However, we've heard from our own sources that what really landed him this superhero job is another spec script he wrote called The Man of Tomorrow which is essentially an alternate take on Batman and Superman without every mentioning the characters by name beyond their super powers and background. It's apparently very gritty and set in an alternate 1940's time period with a lot of style. As long as it's not a silly, family comedy with superheroes this time around, I'll be happy.