20th Century Fox is doing a bit of polishing on their Fantastic Four reboot script. Jeremy Slater was tapped to pen the redo last summer shortly after Josh Trank (Chronicle) signed on to direct, and with a March 2015 release date looming, the studio is ready to start heading towards production. Just the other day we learned that X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is joining the project as producer, and now word comes that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer author/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith has done some script work on the film. Hit the jump for more.
Per Heat Vision, Seth Grahame-Smith has completed some polish screenwriting work on The Fantastic Four. Though plot details are being kept under lock and key, apparently the reboot “is taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach to the heroes and will tap deep into the comics mythology.” It’s unknown how significant Grahame-Smith’s work on the screenplay is/will be, but his past resume doesn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence. The genre-heavy author wrote Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which both suffered from some pretty significant script problems.
Nevertheless, Grahame-Smith is most certainly a fan of genre fare and hopefully his contributions to the script will prove fruitful. Vaughn should make for an excellent producer on the film, and Trank showed tremendous promise with Chronicle so I’m eager to see how the pic turns out. We’re likely to start hearing some casting news soon. The Fantastic Four is set to open on March 6, 2015.