‘Fantastic Four’ Gets Seth Grahame-Smith Rewrite

The ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ writer will polish the original screenplay by Jeremy Slater for Fox's Marvel adventure.
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‘Fantastic Four’ Gets Seth Grahame-Smith Rewrite

Seth Grahame-Smith will polish the screenplay for the Fantastic Four reboot 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.

Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7th, 2015.

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  • felipe-11 • 2 years ago

    The writer of Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter? I'll take this as bad news then.

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    • narrator • 2 years ago

      @ejk1 Sounds about right for me as well. Not to mention the fact that Trank keeps talking the project up. Sounds like a smokescreen for in-studio shuffling to me. I really just want a good FF movie..

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      • ejk1 • 2 years ago

        @narrator Not announcing the write+no casting as of yet = worry.

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        • narrator • 2 years ago

          Hmm.. Does that strike you as strange or worrisome, @ejk1? Fox not announcing the writer of a tent-pole project several months into production?

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          • ejk1 • 2 years ago

            @narrator Don't know, but this guy's polishing a script of Jeremy Slater. I have no idea who that is.

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            • narrator • 2 years ago

              I'm not a fan of Grahame. The Hard Time of RJ Berger was a painful show to get through, I haven't heard anything redeeming or unique about Dark Shadows, and Abraham Vampire Hunter? Well, I'll just say he's not the guy I had in mind to do a rewrite for this project... speaking of which, who wrote the first draft?

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              • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                @instead8909 He's rumored to be Ben Grimm, right?

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                • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                  @ejk1 Bruce Willis

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                  • justatadmatt • 2 years ago

                    Does anyone know who wrote the first draft? ...and I have mixed feelings on this news.

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                    • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                      Off to an ok start

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                      • ejk1 • 2 years ago

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                        • instead8909 • 2 years ago

                          I enjoyed the first film, I don't want to see an origin film as of Bruce being in this that's just gay.

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                          • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                            This is interesting because I didn't even know they had something to rewrite.

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