‘X-Men’ Screenwriter Simon Kinberg to Rewrite ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

By October 2, 2013


Should we be worried about Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot? The Chronicle director’s new take on the Marvel foursome is one of many geek-friendly projects he’s got coming up – including rumored takes on Venom, The Red Star, and Shadow of the Colossus – but it’s long been set to be his actual next project. The film even has a set release date of March 6, 2015, but that might all be changing.

THR reports that X-Men: The Last Stand  and X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg has come on board to both produce the project and to write the film’s script, in a move that could see him  “overhauling the script substantially.” That would be fine news – if at least four other scribes hadn’t already worked on the film’s script and there were not persistent rumors that production was due to start on the film last month.


Pre-Kinberg, screenwriters Jeremy Slater, Michael Green, Seth Grahame-Smith, and T.S. Nowlin all worked on various versions of the script, with reports that Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, and Trank himself also contributed to the big cinematic stew. While all those names have plenty of comic book, genre film, and superhero experience between them (from Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter to Thor to The Maze Runner), having that many hands on just one project doesn’t signal confidence in the final product, especially one that should be as fun as a wholesale Fantastic Four reboot.

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Kate Erbland
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