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.
The 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.