'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' to Rewrite 'Fantastic Four' Reboot
After the lackluster adaptation of his novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which he took from page to screen himself), writer Seth Grahame-Smith is venturing into the comic book world. Heat Vision has word that the author turned screenwriter will polish off the script for the Fantastic Four reboot at Fox with Chronicle director Josh Trank at the helm. In addition, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is now coming on board to produce to film. Hopefully this new reboot, which is said to be more grounded as a superhero film, showcases Grahame-Smith's writing talents a little better. Read on!
Apparently this new version of the comic book quartet will tap very deep into the mythology of the family of superheroes. And with Mark Millar overseeing all Marvel films at Fox, the studio is definitely working on their own cinematic comic book universe with an eye towards likely connecting Fantastic Four with their X-Men universe to start. Millar recently told SFX:
“Fox have said that they want to build a cohesive universe and I’d personally like this to work in complement to the Marvel one. It would be cool if these universes didn’t contradict each other so if you went to see Spidey, The Avengers, the X-Men, etc, as a viewer you would have no idea that all three are coming from different studios. I’d love to make it look like they’re all just happening in one place.
I don’t think it’s something anyone would want to rush into. Following that Marvel model, we want to establish things first. If you had a Fantastic Four relaunch, and Wolverine and the X-Men were in it, I think it would distract you from the Fantastic Four. You can make people aware that they’re existing in the same universe without making it a big crossover movie but it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them."
Since Grahame-Smith is only doing a rewrite on the script from freshman writer Jeremy Slater, he likely won't be revamping anything, but just making it a little more polished and tighter. Frankly, I'm interested to see how Fox fares with their own comic book film universe without a ton of key characters from Marvel's arsenal. Like Millar says, it'd be nice if Fox and Marvel figured out a way to have a shared universe between them but yet still have each studio get what they want. After all, Marvel has already done this with great success and continues in the wake of The Avengers. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out.