Somehow, an interview Collider conducted with J. Michael Straczynski got contorted into reports that the Silver Surfer spinoff was effectively dead. Something was clearly lost in the translation since Straczynski took the time to e-mail IGN in order to clear up any confusion on the issue.
When I was asked about the Silver Surfer script, I responded about the one I’d written around the time that FF2 was launched, and was designed to pick up where that one left off.
When FF2 didn’t do as well as hoped for, that script was set aside, but that has NOTHING to do with the Silver Surfer script that is NOW under development at Fox with other folks. As far as I know, that is proceeding apace. So the hysteria that’s gripped the nets about ‘ohmygod the Surfer movie is dead!’ is not correct, as I was again referring to only that one specific script tied into FF2, NOT what’s being done now.
Straczynski’s version sounded like more of a departure from the Fantastic Four films, although with the beating that both movies have taken, they’ll probably take their time in order to ensure that the Silver Surfer origin story is much more palatable than either Fantastic Four ever was. That probably means something that is totally stand-alone. Whatever they decide, it sounds like they were are committed to making it a reality.