Morning 5: Trank for 'Fantastic Four', 'Man of Steel' Teaser Coming and Kaufman Goes Stop-Motion

Fantastic Four1.) Fox has officially set Chronicle helmer Josh Trank to direct the reboot of Fantastic Four with expectation it will be the next film Trank directs. Fox has additionally set Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) to direct the family sci-fi film Rust based on the Royden Lepp novel about a struggling farm family and the mysterious robot that shows up and changes their lives. The studio is also now looking to fill the director shoes on a reboot of Daredevil now that David Slade has dropped out. The studio needs to get the film into production by fall or contractually risk having the the property revert to Marvel Studios and Disney. [Deadline]

2.)Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is in negotiations to direct Stretch Armstrong, the movie project based on the classic Hasbro toy and set up at Relativity with a script from Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life). The original Stretch's unique design broke free of traditional action figures, as he could be stretched over and over and always returned back to his original size. The nostalgic toy is considered to be rare and collectible to this day. The film is currently targeting an April 11, 2014 release. [THR]

Superman3.)The Alberta Film Ratings board has confirmed a teaser trailer for Zack Snyder's Superman project Man of Steel is on the way, running 87 seconds and expected to go online next week while also playing in front of The Dark Knight Rises next Friday, July 20. Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14, 2013. [Alberta Film Ratings]

4.)Tobey Maguire is the latest to join Jason Reitman's new film Labor Day, a film based on the Joyce Maynard novel in which Kate Winslet will play a single mother of an awkward and isolated young son who takes in a stranger (Josh Brolin) who turns out to be an escaped convict and ends up teaching the boy life lessons, while she falls in love with him over the course of Labor Day Weekend. The rest of the cast includes James Van Der Beek, Gattlin Griffith, Brighid Fleming, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Clark Gregg, Alexie Gilmore and Brooke Smith. [Deadline]

5.)Charlie Kaufman and Dan Harmon ("Community") are turning to Kickstarter for your help to get a stop-motion animated feature off the ground. The film is titled Anomalisa and was written by the duo and directed by "Community" helmer Duke Johnson. The story goes as such:

"The film follows a celebrated motivational speaker traveling the country, changing the lives of countless people. But in the course of transforming others, his life has become hollow and meaningless. It's a grey and monotonous existence where people literally look and sound identical.

Suddenly one day, a girl's voice pierces through the veil of nothingness. She fills him with such a rush of "aliveness", he's willing to abandon everything and everyone, including his own family, and escape with her to a better life."

You can find out more at the Kickstarter page here and watch a brief teaser below. The campaign has so far made $80,748 of the $200,000 they are looking for. [AV Club]

  • G-Man

    Looking forward to the Man of Steel teaser. Will probably wait for TDKR to watch it on the big screen.

    • G-Man

      I like the "Morning 5", by the way.

  • Yaz

    What are the odds that DD won't get off the ground by Fall and the rights will go back to Marvel...? Pretty please... Please please please!

  • Good Grief

    The good thing about being the director in charge of rebooting The Fantastic Four franchise is that it's absolutely impossible for you to do a worse job than Tim Story.

    • Scott


  • Driver

    Im loving "Morning 5"

  • The Jackal

    I'm simply ecstatic over the news regarding the Man Of Steel teaser. I've been anxiously awaiting the Superman reboot since the release of the underrated (in my opinion) Superman Returns. I've always felt the Last Son of Krypton has sorely needed a new take on his origins. After 34 years, it's about damn time!

    Thems the facts

  • adu

    Brad, i hope you intend to post some comic con footage this year...there are some big movie names out there, it would make for pretty cool panels I would think.

  • Colin

    Admittedley, I've never been a huge comic-book movie fan. But I have to say that the original Superman with Reeve has stayed with me. Mostly because of how the angst was treated in that film. I've mentioned this a few times in the past when I still had some enjoyment of comic movies, but what I loved about supes wasn't that he didn't want to get out of his given right, it was that there wasn't enough he could do to help those in need. There wasn't enough he could do to help those in need. Honestly, I feel like any real adult man, whether or not they've fathered a child or helped to raise or support another family member in need or help a friend or a random person- you should be able to relate to this sentiment. Any leat any adult man should relate to this sentiment.

    I'm gonna go old school and loosley quote Tupac (feel free to laugh if you like) but "a coward dies a thousand times...but a soldier dies once".