Last week, we reported on the rumor that Fox was talking to a few actors such as Adrien Brody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers about coming on board for their planned 3D Fantasic Four reboot. Now, a week later, we are starting to hear about the names of potential directors for the film. According to the latest rumors [via CBM], the studio has directors Joe Carnahan (The A-Team), David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), and James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) on their short list to helm the film. More on what we know about the film so far along with details about Bruce Willis voicing The Thing after the jump.
While I’m not sure that many would argue the previous Fantastic Four films were anything but disappointing from a sheer cinematic perspective (on the bright side, I’m sure they sold tons of merch to my nephews), 20th Century Fox still has future plans for the franchise with Fantastic Four Reborn. That said, Screen Rant is reporting today that the studio has made two announcements regarding the film’s status:
- The Thing will be 100% CGI rather than using a practical effect suit like the one worn by Michael Chiklis in the previous installments.
- The reboot itself is on hold pending the completion of X-Men: First Class.
For more info on the announcements and why neither sounds like a terrible idea, hit the jump.
While many might have thought we’d seen the last of John McClane on a movie screen, 20th Century Fox is currently developing a 5th installment of the Die Hard franchise after the last film, Live Free or Die Hard, made $383 million at the worldwide box office. When a film is that profitable, it’s no surprise the studio wants another. And thanks to Harry at AICN, we’ve got what the film might be called: Die Hard 24/7.
The other bit of news in the same article is an update on the next Fantastic Four movie. As we reported last year, Akiva Goldsman is producing the project and it’s a complete reboot of the franchise. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the tentative title is Fantastic Four Reborn.
Of course titles change all the time, so until Fox sends out a press release, I’d not get too worked up over either one. More as we hear it.