Josh Trank has been pulled in more directions than Stretch Armstrong since his directorial debut, Chronicle, was a hit at the box office. He is confirmed for The Fantastic Four reboot. In addition Trank has seen his name attached to Venom and Shadow of the Colossus for Sony, The Red Star for Warner Bros., as well as the Chronicle sequel for Fox.
Chronicle writer Max Landis has pretty much written off the idea of Trank directing a Chronicle sequel, and I think that is highly unlikely as well. Out of the projects listed above, The Red Star already has a tentative release date in 2014. Fantastic Four is said to be moving into production immediately after the sequel to X-Men: First Class wraps. This would give Fantastic Four a start date in mid-late 2013 (barring any major issues).
Fox has a major issue on their hands. David A. Slade recently dropped out of directing duties for the Daredevil reboot. Fox's 7 year deal with Marvel for Daredevil is coming to an end. The studio has been left scrambling to find a director before the property reverts back to Marvel Studios. To avoid that, Fox has to go into production on Daredevil by the fall. The last Fantastic Four movie was released in 2007, so Fox also has to move quickly to get the Fantastic Four into production, or it will also go back to Marvel.
The Red Star is currently being written and was supposed to be Trank's next proeject. When he was confirmed for Fantastic Four, it was also stated that Fox expects it would now be his next directing gig. We do not know any specifics about Trank's deal with Warner Bros. for Red Star. The film already has a tentative release date set for 2014. This means that it would be nearly impossible for Trank to film Fantastic Four. There have been so many production issues for films of late, that I do not believe it will be possible for Trank to direct Fantastic Four.
Do you think that Trank will have to drop out of the Fantasic Four reboot?
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