Fox CEO Tom Rothman Talks DAREDEVIL, FANTASTIC FOUR and CHRONICLE 2; Confirms Josh Trank Is Developing FF Reboot

     April 27, 2012


Steve sat down with 20th Century Fox CEO recently at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and we’ve been bringing you highlights from their wide-ranging conversation.  We already shared what Rothman had to say about a New Mutants movie and the rating for Prometheus, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, and now we wanted to share the CEO’s updates on a few highly anticipated Fox properties.  Rothman talked about the status of the studio’s Fantastic Four reboot, Daredevil, and a sequel to this year’s hit superhero pic Chronicle.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

fantastic-four-josh-trankBack in early January, before Chronicle even opened, we learned that Fox was incredibly keen on having director Josh Trank take over the Fantastic Four franchise based on having seen early cuts of the found-footage superhero movie.  Chronicle finally opened and struck a chord with both audiences and critics, and now Rothman confirms that Trank will be working on Fantastic Four:

“Josh Trank who did Chronicle, I think this has been reported, is gonna come on and work on a take, or a vision, that he has for it, so we’re very excited about that.”

While Trank is definitely working on the Fantastic Four in some capacity, Rothman was remiss to confirm that he’s 100% directing it:

“Well, I think there’s a possibility of [him directing].  I mean he’s gonna develop it now, and then it depends on the script.”

Trank is most likely inundated with offers coming off of Chronicle (he’s been linked to Venom and an adaptation of The Red Star), but I’d love to see his take on Fantastic Four.  Fox’s previous two film versions of the comic book series weren’t exactly awe-inspiring, so I’m anxious to see what direction Trank would take the franchise.

chronicle-2-sequel-imageSpeaking of Trank, it was announced in March that original writer Max Landis had been hired to pen a sequel to Chronicle.  Rothman had encouraging news on that front:

“[Chronicle 2] is in very active development.  I think you’ll see that sooner rather than later.”

There’s still no word on whether Trank would return as director for Chronicle 2, but it’s encouraging to know that the follow-up is in the hands of the man who created the characters in the first place.

Additionally, Rothman spoke briefly about the Daredevil reboot that has David Slade (30 Days of Night) attached to direct:

“It’s in development; we’re working on the script.”

This is basically the same thing we heard in December, but hopefully they’re just taking the time to really nail the script.  Fringe’s Brad Caleb Kane came aboard the project last summer to pen a script based on Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s classic 1986 arc (spanning issues #227-233) “Born Again”.  Be sure to check back here on Collider soon for more updates on upcoming Fox projects from Steve’s conversation with Rothman.


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