In an article revealing that Seth Grahame-Smith (of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” fame (or infamy, depending on your perspective)) has recently done a polish on the current “Fantastic Four” script, THR also reveals Fox’s current approach to the superhero property.
Or at least, what someone told them the approach is going to be.
Sources say that the new reboot is taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach to the heroes and will tap deep into the comics mythology, which featured not just the better-known villains such as Doctor Doom and Galactus but also alien races the Kree and the Skrull, and the anti-matter universe known as the Negative Zone.
I honestly don’t know how the word “grounded” can even be mentioned in an article about the Fantastic Four. You know, the one where one guy turns into a rock, one turns into fire, another can stretch his body, and the girl becomes invisible. How do you “ground” that kind of premise?
Then again, I guess anything not involving Jessica Alba playing a scientist should give this new version of “Fantastic Four” about 500 times more believability.
In any case, “Chronicle” director Josh Trank is currently set to direct the film, with Matthew Vaughn recently announced as producing, whatever that means.