Tons of Marvel movie news
Daredevil! Fantastic Four! No, new ones. Marvel is just going nuts with the movies lately, both at Disney and Sony (where they’ve been very successful) and Fox (where they haven’t). The biggest obstacle to the idea of a united Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the rights to the company’s characters are spread across so many studios. The Avengers and crew are at Disney, Sony has Spider-Man and Ghost Rider, and Fox has X-Men, Daredevil and Fantastic Four.
Obviously out of the three properties at Fox, two have underperformed massively. The two Fantastic Four movies are widely recognized as the nadir of Marvel filmmaking, and Ben Affleck’s Daredevil (as well as the Elektra spin-off) didn’t fare much better. But with Avengers breaking the billion dollar mark, the studio is frantic to cash in on the properties they have control on.
Fantastic Four news is good. Ain’t It Cool has the news that Chronicle‘s Josh Trank has been officially announced as the director of the FF reboot. If you didn’t see Chronicle, I highly recommend it, and he’s a strong choice to hopefully pull the series away from excessive CGI nonsense and towards the human drama at the core of the franchise.
Fox also has the rights to blind superhero Daredevil, who is one guy that doesn’t translate all that well to the screen. His powers are all, basically, inside his head. The comic book recently started a very successful run, so it has some buzz. Fox previously pegged David Slade of Hard Candy and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse to bring back the character, but he just dropped out to focus on the Hannibal TV series according to AICN. No replacement has been named.