It’s still just a rumor, but it’s a pretty obvious rumor to come to pass. Fox is purportedly in the process of rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise once again. The plan this time, though, takes things in a completely different direction, as it’s expected to be more kid-friendly, with the film seen through the eyes of Franklin and Valeria Richards, the children of Reed Richards, and Susan Storm.
After Josh Trank’s catastrophic failure of a film, the studio has now tapped Seth Grahame-Smith to write a treatment for the reboot. Seth Grahame-Smith also wrote the initial screenplay of the 2015 reboot, however Trank decided to go with his own screenplay, leaving Smith uncredited. While the family friendly direction, a la The Incredibles, could be immense fun, I’m going to stay cautious with this one.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to be released next November, and the cast is finally starting to come together, with details about where we can expect the story to go. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Jessica Chastain is in final talks to play Lilandra, leader of the Shi’ar Empire.
The trade is reporting that Lilandra is the film’s primary antagonist, so it looks like we can expect the X-Men to go cosmic, as well. An interesting thought, but with such a hit-and-miss record on Earth, we’ll see how well the film can do off-planet from a storytelling perspective.
The first full trailer for Bryan Singer’s new X-Men television show, The Gifted, has finally hit, and it’s honestly a lot better than I was expecting. The more personal story of mutant persecution sees a family on the run after their children are outed as powerful mutants, with a few well-known X-Men names thrown in for good measure, such as Blink, Polaris, and Thunderbird.
The visuals in the trailer are immensely beautiful, and the story already seems much more interesting than I initially thought. Stephen Moyer’s character, Reed Stucker, the father in said family, is actually a high-level agent of a shadow organization that imprisons mutants, but when his own children become involved, he refuses to give in to the organization, and betrays them all. That alone gives this quite a few more layers than I was expecting. The last TV show from these characters, Legion, was a massive success, so I’m hoping for the best with this one.
The Merc with a Mouth is taking his entertainment empire to the small screen, with word that Donald Glover is extending his FXX partnership, and producing an adult animated series starring Deadpool. Glover is coming off the success of his award-winning show, Atlanta, and continuing the whirlwind year he’s been having, leading the charge on the 10-episode first season.
Marvel and FXX are also hoping to ride off the success of their absolutely incredible partnership with Legion. There’s been no confirmation of voice talents, or who else is producing the series, but with its debut set for 2018, we should be hearing word soon.