Simon Kinberg will write “The Fantastic Four” reboot for Fox, according to an individual with knowledge of the deal. The project has been in development at the studio for some time, and several different writers, including Jeremy Slater and Seth Grahame-Smith, have penned drafts.
Kinberg will take another crack at it, and he will also produce the movie alongside Gregory Goodman and Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn and Kinberg worked together on “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
Josh Trank is directing the movie, which is based on the Marvel comics about a quartet of superheroes endowed with skills such as invisibility. Fox has looked at Michael B. Jordan for one of those roles, but no deal has materialized with the script still being worked on.
Kinberg has written a series of blockbusters over the past decade, including “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “X-Men: First Class.”
He was also rumored to be working on the “Star Wars” movie, but no one has commented on whether he is still involved.
Fox is hoping that he can provide the words that get this movie off the ground.