'Star Wars,' 'Avengers 2' and 'Mockingjay' lead the charge
Director: Josh Trank
Release date: June 19, 2015
Cast: no one confirmed yet, but Michael B. Jordan has been rumored for Johnny Storm.
Lowdown: Trank impressed with "Chronicle," and Fox seems serious about taking another run at this property. And why not? I don't hate the first two movies they made, but I don't particularly like them, either. They're harmless. The greatest sin they commit is that they're forgettable. Casting was part of that, but so was the writing. "The Fantastic Four" is a dense, rich, wacko world if you capture it properly, and Trank seems like he's got a good game plan. Jeremy Slater wrote several drafts and Seth Graeme-Smith is doing the polish, and hopefully they're doing something fresh with it. I would love for this to be a big fun surprise. And as a special bonus, look for Trank and Slater hidden somewhere in plain view during the recent Netflix season of "Arrested Development," at a thematically appropriate moment.