Fantastic Four
The FF was getting ready to defend itself against legal action ©Marvel

So you’ll probably have heard by now about the supposed Fantastic Four movie reboot synopsis, and director Josh Trank’s denial of its veracity. But what you might not have heard is that 20th Century Fox has sent cease and desist letters to geek websites that reported on it. Including ours.

To recap – the Acting Auditions website had posted what it claimed was the synopsis for the movie – since removed – saying that the reboot would take a very different direction from the comic book version. We’d like to tell you what it said, but Fox might come and murder us in our sleep. It was swiftly followed by this tweet from Trank:

https://twitter.com/josh_trank/status/426793348255342592

But yesterday, we – along with with well-known geek sites such as Den of Geek – received a letter from 20th Century Fox, demanding the removal of the post. Here’s the relevant bits:

“It has come to our attention that you have posted a purported plot details from the Fox Property on your website  without Fox’s authorization. These purported plot details provide important qualitative details about character, plot, setting and mood, thereby violating Fox’s rights in the copyrights to the screenplay of the Fox Property.Further, the disclosure of purported plot details is harmful to Fox and to the filmmakers hard at work on the project.”

Which simply begs the obvious: if your director has already said the synopsis was false, why do they still contain “important qualitative details about character, plot, setting and mood”? And since Trank has maintained that it’s false, exactly what jurisdiction does Fox have over a RUMOUR?

But as Comic Book Movie pointed out, this wouldn’t be the first of Trank’s denials that turned out to be not-very-true. For example, he denied the rumours about Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan’s involvement in the movie, only to have various trades essentially confirming it. So. What to believe?

Meanwhile, Movies.com claims that Book of Mormon‘s Josh Gad is top choice for the part of Ben Grimm/The Thing. Hmmmm.

What are your thoughts on the Fantastic Four movie reboot? Who would you like to see in it?