Fantastic Four Gets Seth Grahame-Smith Rewrite
Just days after producer Matthew Vaughn boarded Fox's Fantastic Four reboot, the project is getting a new writer. Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has signed on to polish the most recent script written by Jeremy Slater.
The Fantastic Four Marvel comic books debuted in 1961, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, which featured Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Sue Storm (The Invisible Girl), her brother Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing). The quartet were exposed to high levels of radiation during an outer space mission which left them all with amazing abilities. Mr. Fantastic has the ability to infinitely stretch his body, The Invisible Girl can both make herself invisible and create energy shields, The Human Torch controls fire, and The Thing has super-human strength, although it came at the price of a radical disfigurement.
Fox's new rendition is said to have a more grounded, sci-fi approach that taps deeper into the comic book's well of villains, which included Doctor Doom, Galactus, Kree, and Skrull. The comic book was previously adapted into 2005's Fantastic Four and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis.
Josh Trank (Chronicle) is directing the reboot, although no production schedule was given at this time. Seth Grahame-Smith wrote both the novel and the screenplay adaptation for last year's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He also wrote the screenplay for Dark Shadows, and co-created the short-lived MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger with David Katzenberg.