Hot on the heels of the news that Fox’s planned reboot of the Fantastic Four will be helmed by Chronicle director, Josh Trank, the studio has tapped Jeremy Slater to pen the project. The first family of Marvel that features the Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch and the Thing previously appeared in two movies, 2005’s Fantastic Four and the sequel, 2007’s Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Neither of those properties were particularly good and didn’t make a dent in the same way that other Marvel or DC properties have in recent years. Attaching the director for the surprise superhero hit, Chronicle and now Slater, who has a Lovecraftian spec script for Tape 4 set up at Lionsgate, may go a long way in giving the remake some geek cred. Hit the jump for more on Fantastic Four.
Heat Vision reports that Slater has been tapped to pen the script for the Fantastic Four remake, directed by Trank. It looks like FF is surging ahead of Daredevil, who just lost director David Slade to work on directing the Hannibal television series. Trank had been circling the project since at least mid-January, while Slater comes as a bit of a surprise. Other than his horror spec, Tape 4, Slater has also written My Spy, a teenage spy comedy set up at Universal for Jake Kasdan to direct and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura attached to produce. Perhaps the collaboration of fresh talent will help to pull Fox’s Marvel properties (other than the X-Men) out of the drink and back into mainstream conversation again.