Big News on Daredevil and Fantastic Four Reboots, Plus Joe Cornish’s Next Alien Film

Daredevil Comic BookFox may be skipping out on Comic Con this year, but that doesn’t mean they’re not making any news. Deadline just dropped some major tidbits on three highly anticipated Fox movies, including the latest moves on their “Fantastic Four” and “Daredevil” reboots, as well as what “Attack the Block’s” Joe Cornish is up to next. Turns out, Cornish is directing a movie for Fox, that’s what.

But first, on Fox’s comic book reboots…

The site is saying that Josh Trank, first rumored for the “Fantastic Four” reboot, is now officially directing it. Fox is looking to move fast on the film, and expects Trank to be ready to direct it as his next film as soon as James Mangold starts work on “The Wolverine” and Matthew Vaughn hops back into the “X-Men: First Class” sequel. Expect a whole new rebooted story and cast.

But while Fox has a for-sure director for one reboot, they’ve just lot another director for another reboot. David Slade, who has been talking up (and twitterin’) the “Daredevil” reboot for months now … is no longer on the film. Apparently Slade’s commitments to directing the pilot episode of the “Hannibal” TV series for NBC means he won’t be able to get “Daredevil” into production by Fall, when Fox needs it to go or risk losing the character rights back to Marvel Studios. With me now, kids: DAMN. Slade may be off the project, but that Fox will most likely push on ahead with a shitty reboot anyway just so they won’t lose the property. We were so close to giving the Man Without Fear back to Marvel, too.

Finally, in better news, Fox has tapped “Attack the Block’s” Joe Cornish to direct a big-screen adaptation of the novel “Rust” by Royden Lepp. The film is a family sci-fi tale about “a struggling farm family and the mysterious robot that shows up and changes their lives.” Apparently it’s very “E.T.”-ish. Deadline doesn’t mention it, but Lepp’s “book” is actually a comic book. Or graphic novel, to you fancy pants.

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