Apparently, there are no hard feelings between Matthew Vaughn and Fox; even though the former departed from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" last year, the studio is still keen to work with him and has attached him as a producer on its upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot.
Studio consultant Mark Millar broke the news on Twitter when he welcomed Vaughn aboard the film, and Deadline later confirmed the report. Fox has attached "Chronicle" director Josh Trank to direct the film from a script by Jeremy Slater.
Vaughn's hiring here is shrewd, particularly if it's meant to help "Fantastic Four" follow in the footsteps of the "X-Men" franchise. While both "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" were financially successful, much of the audience and fans were left jaded until "X-Men: First Class" came along and revitalized the series.
Hopefully, Vaughn will be able to do the same for The Fantastic Four, as Marvel's First Family has hardly been done a whole lot of justice on the big screen. Both of those films were also moderately successful but already feel like relics from an age when studios were still afraid to truly embrace its superhero properties.
So far, Fox has done everything right the second time around: "Chronicle" proves that Trank has a good feel for the comic book genre, while Slater is a self-professed lifelong fan of the property. Meanwhile, Vaughn has had his share of success in bringing comics to the big screen, as he not only directed "First Class" but also "Kick-Ass" (maybe he has good luck with this rhyme scheme).
Millar, who has enjoyed stints on the comic book, is also a sensible addition to oversee the various Marvel projects Fox is cooking up; with "Days of Future Past," one can already see that the studio is eager to get into the "Avengers" business by building its own universe, so one wonders just how it will attempt to do the same thing with a new Fantastic Four film.