Seth Grahame-Smith to Polish Fantastic Four Script

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Tim Story’s Fantastic Four films didn’t really do all that bad at the box office, but Fox wants the approval of the fan boy and geek crowds, which is a smart move, as that’s where the money is. In order to do that, the studio was forced to reboot the franchise. The project has gotten ff on the right foot by bringing in Chronicle director Josh Trank to helm the film.. To top things off, Fox has brought in novelist and screen writer Seth Grahame-Smith to put some fresh touches on the script, which was initially done by Jeremy Slater.

Grahame-Smith is known for his quirky historical novels like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. In the film world, Grahame-Smith worked on Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Not long ago, we learned that Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class was brought in as a producer, yet another step in the right direction.

THR also reports that the film will look to the comic mythology, which includes not only more familiar baddies like Doctor Doom and Galactus, but with the Kree and Skrull alien races, as well as the anti-matter universe known as “The Negative Zone.”

Jessica Alba and Chris Evans headlined the 2005 film and its follow up in 2007, which brought the fan-favorite character Silver Surfer and a really bad version of Galactus to the big screen. As mentioned earlier, the films didn’t do too bad at the box office, but the fan-base they were trying to attract were biting. With the more “grounded and sci-fi” approach that Trank and company will be taking, they may have a good thing going. Of course, the cast they bring in will a play a big part in that as well. Fox has set a release date of March 2015, so that gives the crew some time to get a decent cast locked down.

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Source : The Hollywood Reporter