It's terribly in-vogue these days to get a hot young director on board to reboot your franchise. Matthew Vaughn and Gareth Edwards recently did it- Rian Johnson looks to be following close behind- and each with differing style and success.
Edwards took his terrific sense of scale to Godzilla this year and Vaughn brought a bit of edge back to the X-Men with his First class, but what of young Josh Trank and his hip young Fantastic Four? Would the chronicle director be able to step out of his debut film's high concept shadow? Well, if Fox President of Production Emma Watts is to be believed, it would seem he won't have to.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter yesterday, Watts was asked if Trank's "found footage" feel would return:
It's Josh, so it can't not have that feel. That's his talent, that's what he does, and that's what excites him about it.
It seems odd that it hadn't been suggested before, but a move like this could really rock the blockbuster boat. Whatever about managing to pull it off, the feeling, surely, would be fresh.
To me, the key is the originality of the filmmakers and the choices they make. Josh is another really interesting example, who is using the vision he gave us in Chronicle to reinvent a franchise he's loved his whole life. It's not that you can't make original ideas -- you can, and we did it with Chronicle. The director is the key to not letting superhero movies go stale.
Big words but we can't really fault them. We expect Rian Johnson to offer a more serious and meticulous feel to Star Wars VII & VIII so why not let Trank off the leash here too. We highly doubt it would comprise the whole length of the film but used correctly, for a few select scenes, it could be terrific.
This all just got very interesting. Tell us how you feel about Watts' comments in our very own comments section below.
[The Fantastic Four](movie:34667) hits theatres on July 19th, 2015.