Earlier today, Bleeding Cool reported that a "rather well connected source" told them that Fox is seeking a replacement for director Josh Trank and a new screenplay for the Fantastic Four reboot that already has most of its cast and is scheduled to be released next year. Soon after, rival gossip site ScreenCrush reposted the rumor, but later claimed to have refuted it by talking to "high level Fox executives." Standing firm, Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston said that they "remain confident in our source. Bleeding Cool suggests that if Fox really would like to stomp on the rumour, they stop approaching folk to replace the director." The Outhouse decided to speak to our own expert source, the esteemed professor of superhero movie gossip at the prestigious DeVry University, Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms.
"If what Bleeding Cool is saying is correct, the implications are enormous," Professor Puffinbottoms explained. "The Fantastic Four movie is a reboot of the previous franchise, which ended with Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007. If the movie is rebooted before it's even filmed, it would create a new kind of preemptive reboot - a preboot, if you will. Think about what that means."
"If this works, studios and comic book publishers will no longer need to follow the traditional timeline of putting out one to three movies, rebooting, putting out another one to three movies, rebooting, repeat," he continued. "They could skip putting our movies entirely, and simply keep announcing reboots. Then they would remain constantly in the twenty-four hour comics news cycle on the internet."
"Cast a black guy as Johnny Storm and a woman as Doctor Doom one week, then reboot and cast a woman as Johnny Storm and a black guy as Doctor Doom," Puffinbottoms added. "The possibilities are endless."
We're not sure exactly what studios would have to gain by being the subject of constant speculation on the internet without ever actually putting out a product for people to buy tickets for, but we don't have a degree in superhero movie gossip. Stay tuned to The Outhouse for more updates on what other sites are saying about stuff.