‘Fantastic Four’: Is the Studio Firing the Director, Writer and Cast?

The studio has reportedly decided that it hates the direction this reboot is taking, with less than six months to go before production is scheduled to begin.
The studio has reportedly decided that it hates the direction this reboot is taking, with less than six months to go before production is scheduled to begin.

In a rather shocking yet unconfirmed development, 20th Century Fox has reportedly fired director Josh Trank from The Fantastic Four, while also discarding the screenplay from writer Simon Kinberg, less than six months before production is scheduled to begin.

Bleeding Cool reports that the studio is actively searching for a new writer and director, and that there are also casting issues as well. We reported last month that Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch), Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (Sue Storm/The Invisible Girl) and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing) officially signed on after months of casting speculation.

It isn't known if these "issues" refer to these actors who have already signed on, or other characters that have yet to be cast. We reported earlier this week that Domhnall Gleeson, Eddie Redmayne, Sam Riley and Toby Kebbell were the front runners to play the villainous Dr. Doom.

We'll have to wait and see whether the studio will confirm this report or not. If it does turn out to be true, the June 19, 2015 release date will likely have to be pushed, since there may not be enough time to develop a new script in just six months.

Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

Sources: Bleeding Cool

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  1. Michael Kolesik

    It's too good to be true. I wish it was true. Here's hoping it is.

    1 year agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  2. Ken451

    I doubt this is true it seems too together for it to just nuke itself.

    1 year agoby @Ken451Flag

  3. Magnetic-Eye

    I'm hoping this is true too.

    Fox Abattoirs have no clue on how to produce super-hero films using MARVEL characters that resonates any sort of familarity.

    They have yet to make a faithful, genuine or authentic representation.

    They have no respect for the original source material and at best all they do is release counterfeit adaptations.

    It's interesting that in the latest Fantastic Four comic book relaunch, Marvel have hired a new creative team that continues with the popular traditional characters, the ongoing family dynamics, new costumes and new adventures.

    The sooner the film rights revert back to its' rightful owners the sooner MARVEL STUDIOS can finally make a genuine and faithful adaptation.

    1 year agoby @magnetic-eyeFlag

  4. Mka47

    @the-crow2k took the words right out of my mouth

    1 year agoby @mka47Flag

  5. LuxoIII

    There's a reason this is only being reported on one this site.

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  6. Douglas Kolacki

    I sure hope it's true. I'm OK with waiting longer if it's done right.

    1 year agoby @Douglas-KolackiFlag

  7. A7sus4

    Good news

    1 year agoby @a7sus4Flag

  8. Bellandedward1

    If this is true then I am very shocked I do not recall any movie that marvel has made thats got to the point of firing the director writer and the cast even before they start filming

    1 year agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  9. Dfella504


    1 year agoby @dfellaFlag

  10. The_Crow2k

    Good riddance. This seemed like a fail from day one.

    1 year agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  11. JasonKat

    They could of just brought back the same cast from 1 and 2, and just make "Fantastic four 3) with a much better story. thats it. not reboot sumthing and add on a bunch of random people.

    1 year agoby @jasonkatFlag

  12. anto33

    Thank God.

    1 year agoby @anto33Flag

  13. Dmu009

    There is not a single actor in this movie I would pay money to go see.

    1 year agoby @dmu009Flag

  14. Dr-Devious

    Well if it is false, Fox should say, 'Wait a minute...they have a point'. I cant believe they let it get this far...its as if the studio is doing it on purpose. Even Brett ratner wouldn't cast Jamie bell as the thing!!! Rant over

    1 year agoby @Dr-DeviousFlag

  15. Johnny1312

    YES !!! Thank you! I could noy be more ahappier with this decision. Everything about this reboot was horrible

    1 year agoby @Johnny1312Flag

  16. TheDude1

    Bleeding Cool still stands by this story even with Fox commenting. Says other directors are being questioned. And frankly It would not be shocking if Trank gets fired. But they keep the cast.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  17. Josh

    BS rumour, officially denied by Fox. Although it wouldn't be the first time something like this happened (remember when Carnahan's Daredevil got cancelled at the last minute?).

    I like what they've got lined up here so far. I'm actually interested to see a Fantastic Four story done well.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  18. The Real Goku


    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  19. Mikhael Izaak Gidi Llaneza

    Good! coz it looked like this movie would suck anyway!!! All I can say is Human Torch is not African-American!! In fact, the F4 will never e anything but Caucasian. f they want more latinos, asians, african-americans or any other nationalities to be superheroes, Marvel should just invent new characters and groups instead of changing these iconic characters that we know and love!

    1 year agoby @Mikhael-Izaak-Gidi-LlanezaFlag

  20. Erikajinx

    Ummm there goes the fantastic four movie. Now for sure of they don't get things straighten before the production then in no time they will be back with Marvel. They could finally make a civil war movie. Hoping its true.

    1 year agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  21. MIXTER

    Hope this is true! I actually hate this direction too, well, not sure what the story is, but the casting is atrocious! .. I mean, Jamie Bell as the THING???!!! An almost teenage looking cast?! Like or hate the previous 2 FF4 films, but they cast THING and Johnny perfectly i thought. And the other 2 werent terrible. Well, Alba was i guess, she looked like a doll. But i actually would rather see a sequel to those films than this horrible reboot idea. The 2 ff4 films seemed pretty close to the 70s cartoons that i loved as a kid. And they hd humour too. I'm not against a reboot though, i just don't need a FF4 Begins! The tone should be more inkeeping with Iron-Man/Thor etc..

    John Hamm- Read Richards,
    Vin Diesel- Thing,
    Sean William Scott- Johnny Storm,
    .... ?? Susan Storm, can't decide.

    Have it as a sort of down the road sequel to the others but with changes. Kinda like how the CGI TMNT film was an indirect sequel to the 1990 Ninja Turtles live action. We know who everyone is, but its different.
    Be a lot quicker to write a script too if everyones established.

    1 year agoby @MIXTERFlag

  22. Mr.K

    It's bullsh*t.

    1 year agoby @mr-kFlag

  23. WongFu

    Something about this sounds off, It seems too clean cut to me.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  24. aaronsc

    Simple: Just give the rights back to Marvel

    1 year agoby @aaronscFlag

  25. Superman81

    Damn I wanted this to be true. It is going to TANK for sure. PUN intended! What a horrible cast and the people rumored for Dr. Doom are a joke

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  26. fanboy

    I hope this is true! This movie is looking awful and I wasn't going to see it anyways, at the very least lets hope they came to their senses and get rid of Jordan.

    1 year agoby @fanboyFlag

  27. TheDude1

    Huffington Post says this is false. Says Trank is on set right now.

    It was good while it last.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  28. cvnt$top

    I let out a laugh at the homepage. Interesting news, very interesting.

    1 year agoby @cvntstopFlag

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