New information has revealed that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios are looking for a renowned director, in the style of Sam Raimi, to helm the next “Fantastic Four”.
The information comes from Deadline magazine reporter Justin Kroll, who shared on Twitter that the search for Jon Watts’ replacement continues, but that it may still take a while for the vacancy to be finally filled.
“One source says don’t expect it to fill up anytime soon as they are nowhere near reducing [uma] long list of candidates,” Kroll said, and quoted his source as saying: “I would be shocked if a choice is made before Labor Day.” Labor Day is the holiday in the United States that Kroll’s source refers to, and it always takes place on the first Monday in September, and this year it will be on the 5th of September.
The director vacancy of the “Fantastic Four” reboot has been open since director Jon Watts, who gained even more renown after the release of the worldwide hit “Spider-Man: No Return Home” (he directed all three films in the trilogy) , withdrew from the project.
Despite such a delay in defining the project’s director, which is taking longer to get off the ground than some fans expected, Kroll offered more hints as to where the choice might lead. According to this information, Kevin Feige and Marvel would be looking for successful directors, in the same vein as Sam Raimi, who found success with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”.
The reason the search points in this direction would be that Feige, president of Marvel Studios, enjoyed the experience of working with an experienced director like Sam Raimi, as he needs to oversee a giant universe of MCU productions, which has grown even more after the arrival of Disney+ series.
“While no names have come up, multiple sources say that while it’s a great mix of candidates, Feige and company are betting big on some big names,” Kroll said, adding: “A source close to the lawsuit [disse]’Kevin doesn’t want to oversee all the shooting and after not having to worry about it with Raimi, he’s very willing to do the same with this shoot’.”
Despite constantly looking for new talent, Marvel seems to be going the way it has gone before with “Fantastic Four”, with directors already established and proven in the Hollywood market. With the first trilogy, still from 20th Century Fox, showing mixed results, Marvel Studios seems not to want to take any risks with this group of heroes, who will enter the MCU for the first time.
Still without a director, casting will likely take even longer, though it’s unknown whether John Krasinski, introduced as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in “Doctor Strange 2”, will he return to the role again or if another actor will take over, since his appearance was in an alternate reality.
The “Fantastic Four” reboot does not yet have a release date announced.
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