In an interview with comicbook.com, it was revealed that Moon Knight producers Grant Curtis and Nick Pepin will be currently moving on to Fantastic Four, which still doesn’t have a director attached after Jon Watts left the project a couple of weeks ago. This reveal was made by one of the series’ writers, Jeremy Slater, who also worked on the 2015 reboot of the film with Fox, which was a critical and commercial failure:
“My execs on Moon Knight are the same guys who are running Fantastic Four, so we had a lot of talks about it. I’m not going to pitch you for anything, because honestly you don’t need my stink on it.”
He also talked about the 2015 film, directed by Josh Trank, revealing that only one of his lines made it into the final product:
“I don’t think the original Fantastic Four was my fault per se, because I have one line of dialogue in that movie when Reed is about to do his science experiment as a kid, and he’s like, ‘Don’t blow up,’ I think that’s the one line that held over from my script and everything else was changed,” the writer adds. “So I don’t take a lot of ownership over it, but I also know the optics of if they announce, ‘Hey, we’re doing a Fantastic Four movie,’ All of Twitter goes ‘Yay,’ and they’re like, ‘And the guy that wrote the last one’s doing it again,’ and all of Twitter goes, ‘You idiots!”
However, Slater thinks that Curtis and Pepin will do a great job with the new movie, which will be the first time Marvel Studios will have a crack at the characters:
“Grant and Nick are amazing executives. They’re going to find brilliant writers and brilliant directors. And they don’t need my stink anywhere near that project. I can’t wait to see it as a fan, but I just know that no one will ever accept a Jeremy Slater Fantastic Four movie for very good reason. If your Uber driver shows up and you’re like, ‘Oh, I saw that guy drunk driving last week,’ you don’t get in the car with him. I think there’s some things that I just probably need to steer clear from for the rest of my career.”
The MCU has introduced the Fantastic Four with the inclusion of John Krasinski as Earth-838’s Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s unclear if Krasinski will reprise his role as Earth-616’s Reed Richards, or if 616’s version of the First Family will be different. The search for a director has begun.