According to Deadline, Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and 2011’s X-Men: First Class, is on-board as producer for Josh Trank‘s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Vaughn is currently working as producer on Kick-Ass 2, which is due out in the US on June 28th, while Trank made his directorial debut with last year’s Chronicle, a found footage-style piece about three high-school students who acquire telekinetic powers.
Recently Hollywood has been willing to take more risks with its handling of big-name superhero properties, handing over X-Men Origins: Wolverine to Gavin Hood, previously best known for Tsotsi, the story of a Jo’burg street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat. Though critical and fan reaction to Wolverine was generally pretty negative, Hood is currently directing Summit Entertainment’s big Ender’s Game adaptation.
Whether Trank can replicate his success remains to be seen, but with Vaughn grandfathering the project and Chronicle‘s Dale DeHaan lined up for the part of Harry Osborne in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, things look promising for the film’s alumni.