Twentieth Century Fox is pushing forwards on getting their reboot of their Fantastic Four comic book adaptation franchise. Late last week the studio added X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn onto the project as a producer. And now the studio hashad novelist Seth Grahame-Smith do a polish on the screenplay that they have by Jeremy Slater.
The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news about Grahame-Smith getting the gig and goes on to describe the studio’s take on the new film as –
[A] grounded superhero and sci-fi approach to the heroes and will tap deep into the comics mythology, which featured not just the better-known villains such as Doctor Doom and Galactus but also alien races the Kree and the Skrull, and the anti-matter universe known as the Negative Zone.
Well, that certainly makes it sound as if Fox is looking to make their reboot as big and epic as possible, no doubt thanks to the big box office of last summer’s The Avengers.
But is Grahame-Smith the man for the script polishing job? Previously he has adapted his own novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for the big screen as well as wrote the script for last year’s Dark Shadows. But neither film struck me as being exceptionally strong in the screenplay department. Has he upped his game for Fantastic Four?