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Seth Grahame-Smith will also graft some things onto the Fantastic Four reboot

Expending every effort on making its reboot of Fantastic Four worthy of the Marvel name that it’s capitalizing on, Fox has hired in-demand author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to “polish” the script from Jeremy Slater, making it all shiny and franchise-y again. The revamp from Chronicle director Josh Trank and producer Matthew Vaughn is described as “taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach to the heroes”—and when you want “grounded,” who better to turn to than the writer of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Though, granted, as his work on Marvel Zombies Return arguably showed, Grahame-Smith’s familiar tendencies toward absurdist juxtaposition could be well-served in the comic-book movie world, particularly as the reboot’s promise to “tap deep into the comics mythology” would potentially allow him to play with alien races, anti-matter universes, and planet-destroying entities. For example, maybe all of those things could be attacked by zombies.


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