‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Gets ‘Henry Street’ Working Title, Surprising Filming Start Date

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Fantastic-FourShow of hands, who here remembers the two “Fantastic Four” movies from 2005 and 2007? What, you didn’t even know there were two movies? I can’t say I blame you. But here’s the kicker – there apparently is a reboot in the making.

I know, that sounds like the worst idea since “Catwoman” and “Elektra”, but hey, maybe 20th Century Fox can turn the fortunes around of what looked like a dead and buried franchise. After all, they can’t come up with a worst product than Tim Story’s first two films, can they? And as long as they don’t cast Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd (who?) in the lead roles, they’re on the right track.

The odd thing is that, while the reboot is slated for a 2015 theatrical release, filming is said to start on June 17 in Vancouver. Yeah, this June, meaning for some reason Fox anticipates they might need roughly two years to get the movie done.

Another piece of information recently revealed is the project’s working title – “Henry Street”. That’s also a little bizarre, though obviously the final product will carry an entirely different name.

So far, there’s no news on casting, while Josh Trank, the young, bold “Chronicle” creator, will have to handle the pressures of working on a big-budget superhero movie for the first time in his career. The script has reportedly been penned by Jeremy Slater (who?), with Seth Grahame-Smith (“Dark Shadows”) apparently asked to do some “revisions”. Yeah, that definitely sounds encouraging.

Via [Filmofilia]

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  • d. contrada

    When they say filming starts in June, they probably mean filming of “background scenery” which does not require the presence of the main actors.

  • PutureFast

    Sources at ComicBookMovie say that Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin will play the young Reed Richards opposite Taylor Momsen as Sue Storm. Great Gatsby actor Callan McAuliffe is set to play Johnny Storm and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion mixed martial artist Forrest Griffin will be Ben Grimm AKA the Thing. It also reports that director Josh Trank will not be using the found-footage formula he relied on with Chronicle, this time opting for a character-driven non-linear narrative to tell the origin story in a whole new way. Personally I like the way that sounds and think Trank knows exactly what he’s doing with this risque take on a classic franchise.

    • Adrian Diaconescu

      Anton Yelchin is actually a talented young actor in my opinion, so his possible casting sounds encouraging. Taylor Momsen I see has been in “Gossip Girl”, which is enough said, while Callan what’s his name and Forrest Griffin don’t ring any kind of bells. Bottom line, I’m still less than psyched about this thing.

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