In an all-encompassing interview over at Collider, Fox CEO Tom Rothman offered updates on several projects.
”Fantastic Four” reboot
Josh Trank, of “Chronicle” fame, is developing the redo.
“Josh Trank who did Chronicle, I think this has been reported, is gonna come on and work on a take, or a vision, that he has for it, so we’re very excited about that…I think there’s a possibility of [him directing]. I mean he’s gonna develop it now, and then it depends on the script.”
Meantime, Rothman says Trank and writer Max Landis are busy on a “Chronicle” sequel.
“[Chronicle 2] is in very active development. I think you’ll see that sooner rather than later.”
Sounds like the long-gestating reboot is slowly inching forward. “It’s in development; we’re working on the script.” (Update : says is rewriting the script).
A Good Day to Die Hard
Rothman says of the fifth “Die Hard” : “I love this one. It’s called A Good Day to Die Hard, and two things make it new: 1. John McClane, the ultimate American hero, goes to Russia. So talk about a fish out of water, he’s completely out of water. And 2. It’s really a father-son story, which is that John McClane’s been a great cop his whole life but he’s been a pretty lousy father. He has a grown son who he’s not really been in much touch with, and McClane thinks the son’s a fuck up—that’s a technical term.”
The storyline sees McClane going “to Russia” where “he thinks” he’s “to bail his son out of jail, and it turns out the son’s not a fuck up, he’s the antithesis of that. In fact, the apple has not fallen far from the tree, the apple has not fallen from the tree, which is that the son is a badder ass John McClane than John McClane.”
Rothman has some big words about the sequel (that may mean nothing). “It comes to the point in the story where they’re basically the most wanted men in the entire Soviet Union, and it’s the two of them against all of the bad guys. I’ve just gotta say, it’s a classic, classic Die Hard.”
Rothman suggests we might see a film based on the Marvel property in the future. “In the Summer” Rothman will reveal more.
Of the “Alien” prequel, Rothman mentioned the rating. “I can assure the fans—I’m very aware of their concern—absolutely they can take it that the film will not be compromised either way. So if that means that the film is R, then it’ll be an R. If it’s PG-13, then it’ll be a PG-13, but it will not be compromised.”
Rothman also reiterated that the film isn’t an official prequel to “Alien”. “[For] Prometheus, it would have been very easy—in fact probably in Chapter One of the Executive Handbook, if I ever read such a thing, it would say, ‘Go ahead, make a straightforward prequel to Alien.’ That would have been the easy thing to do. Prometheus is the more challenging thing to do. It’s bolder, it’s original, it’s in the universe, but it’s not a literal story-based prequel to [Alien], it’s a wholly new science-fiction entry from Ridley Scott, who hasn’t made a science-fiction film in 30 years.”