Last week, screenwriter J Michael Straczynski said that the disappointing performance of the "Fantastic Four" sequel at the box office had "caused [Fox] to call into question a 'Silver Surfer' movie." Some online reports took this to mean the project was dead.
The scribe had penned a "Silver Surfer" screenplay that followed on from the second Fantastic Four movie, in which the cosmic character had been introduced.
Now he is backtracking a bit and says that Fox's proposed "Silver Surfer" spin-off is still in active development.
Straczynski clarified his remarks on SilverSurferFilm.com, explaining: "When I was asked about the 'Silver Surfer' script, I responded about the one I'd written around the time that 'FF2' was launched, and was designed to pick up where that one left off.
"When 'FF2' didn't do as well as hoped for, that script was set aside, but that has NOTHING to do with the 'Silver Surfer' script that is NOW under development at Fox with other folks. As far as I know, that is proceeding apace.
"So the hysteria that's gripped the nets about 'ohmygod the Surfer movie is dead!' is not correct, as I was again referring to only that one specific script tied into 'FF2,' NOT what's being done now."
The storyline in the script now apparently being developed is not known. In fact, there has been no obvious movement on the film such as an announced director or new writers or any publicity from producers.
What we do we know is that a new revamp of the "Fantastic Four" is planned and that Michael Green is working on the screenplay. Green was hired by Fox to write the "FF" reboot, but there is no information indicating if he is attached to the new "Silver Surfer" script.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: The Geek Files