'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' to Rewrite 'Fantastic Four' Reboot

February 27, 2013
Source: Heat Vision

Fantastic Four

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.

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Abe lincoln vampire hunter was a tragedy, in that it was tragically untrue to the amazing book. Every awesome scene from the book was totally omitted and the leftovers hollywood-ized.

Travis H. on Feb 27, 2013


it was written by the guy who wrote the book...

Tim Dahill on Feb 27, 2013


Which is even sadder...

Fidel Reyes on Feb 27, 2013


Yeah, but can tell the producers and Bekmambetov had a lot to do with it being terrible then because the book was amazing.

Cody W on Feb 27, 2013


Yes, this is exactly what was needed !!!

Tester on Feb 27, 2013


I like him as a writer so...

福 赐 天上 on Feb 27, 2013


No way Disney lets Sony write their (Marvel) characters into their (Marvel) universe.

DAVIDPD on Feb 27, 2013


F4 is not a Sony property, it's a 20th Century Fox property.

Fidel Reyes on Feb 27, 2013


Oh, right. My Mistake.

DAVIDPD on Feb 27, 2013


It's cool, I still understood what you were trying to say anyways, and honestly I think you might be right, but hey you never know maybe an agreement could be made.

Fidel Reyes on Feb 27, 2013


Maybe it won't completely suck this time. Some advice... The Thing should be CGI like the Incredible Hulk and stay away from Chris Evans for GOD sake!!

Angry Lester on Feb 27, 2013


How smart. NOT.

Davide Coppola on Feb 27, 2013


I only watched like 10-15 minutes of Abe: Vampire hunter, I did try but it just was lame... Cant see this to work out well.

AJ on Feb 27, 2013


All bad news. Too bad for the fab 4. The studios will begin to think its their fault and stop trying. Fact is this could be the best float in the parade.

Jack Kirby on Feb 27, 2013



Griffin on Feb 27, 2013


Ok Fox. Step back and think about this. You are asking the writer of quite possibly the most laughibly bad movie of last year to script doctor this. Here's what you should do. Meet with Marvel/Disney and make a deal to sell FF back to Marvel. otherwise you will waste a year of a lot of people's lives and thousands of manhours on a project that can only fail, and then you will give the FF back to Marvel for free.

Matt on Feb 27, 2013


One word "Battleship"

Jimmy Love on Feb 28, 2013


There's nothing wrong with the old Fantastic Four films in my opinion. I found them far more entertaining than the X Men films. Alba is lovely to look at, the Thing was played well and I liked Johnny's desire to be a superhero rather than the usual moping and reluctance.

Payne by name on Feb 28, 2013

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