Sony is testing the waters for rebooting a superhero franchise only a couple of years after the previous incarnation ended with The Amazing Spider-man this summer. Assuming that goes well, 20th Century Fox is planning to follow suit with a new take on Fantastic Four.
According to Variety, plans are moving forward as the studio is currently eyeing Chronicle director Josh Trank to helm the movie. However, the studio is waiting to see how his directorial debut, Chronicle, does at the box office before officially offering him the job.
Chronicle is a found-footage faux-documentary about a group of three high school friends who acquire an extraordinary set of telepathic powers. The superhero thriller has gained a lot of buzz and 20th Century Fox things they may have a hit on their hands, but they want to check audience reaction before giving Trank the big budget franchise.
Fox is currently awaiting the latest draft of Fantastic Four from Michael Green, who previously worked on Green Lantern. The idea is to give things a complete overhaul, offering a tweaked spin on the mythology and an entirely new cast.
Alongside Fantastic Four, 20th Century Fox is also continuing to move forward on the stand-alone R rated X-Men spin-off Deadpool, as well as a revamped Daredevil. 20th Century Fox owns these Marvel properties in perpetuity as long as they keep making films based on them. It is likely that Fantastic Four will be the next Marvel adventure from the studio.