Ever since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hit theaters last month, fans have gone wild for John Krasinki’s cameo appearance as Fantastic Four leader Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic. This has led many to speculate about his involvement on Marvel Studios’ upcoming reboot.
According to Justin Kroll, Deadline’s Senior Film Reporter, we now have some pretty big updates. Kroll revealed an update on the studios’ search for a director, “While it’s easily Marvel’s top ODA, one source says don’t expect it to be filled anytime soon as they are not even close to cutting down long list of candidates, “I’d be shocked if a choice is made before labor day.”
He adds that the studio is looking at some big-name directors to helm the project, “While no names have surfaced, multiple sources say while it’s a large mix of candidates, Feige and company are taking a lot of shots at some big names.” He concludes with saying the studio wants a name that can oversee the project with little involvement from Kevin Feige, “One source close to process, “Kevin doesn’t want oversee entire shoot and after not having to worry about that with Raimi, he is very game to same outcome with this shoot.”
Jon Watts (Spider-Man: No Way Home) was originally attached to direct the project. In April, Watts announced he was stepping away from the project, citing that he needs a break from comic book films. Ironically, he is now attached to helm another big blockbuster project, Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, announced last week during Star Wars Celebration.
Moon Knight producers Grant Curtis and Nick Pepin are currently working on Fantastic Four while the studio searches for a director. As of now, there are no details on when Marvel Studios plans to gear up production on Fantastic Four or even a release date, yes, this also includes casting. Feige did reveal at CinemaCon a couple of months back that he and the studio are currently mapping out the next 10 years of projects for the MCU and this could very well be a part of that.