When it comes to superhero movies, there have been proposals that everyone wishes had come to fruition, such as Tim Burton’s Superman Lives, Darren Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One and J.J. Abrams’ Superman: Flyby. Now, you can add another interesting what-if project to this ever-growing list: A Fantastic Four film directed by Stranger Things and Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin.
Speaking to Collider at Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con, Astin confirmed he’d been in touch with 20th Century Fox to direct a Fantastic Four film after he’d finished up work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Astin hadn’t directed a blockbuster, but he roped in his lawyers to organise a meeting with the top brass at Fox to pitch his availability.
Astin lobbied hard to direct the picture, even courting the likes of Christina Aguilera and Cameron Diaz for the part of Sue Storm/Invisible Woman. He also revealed that he told Michael Chiklis to take the leap and accept the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing, which he eventually did.
Reportedly, Fox was impressed with Astin’s vision and research for the project, though he did reveal he wasn’t too familiar with Marvel’s First Family before he lobbied for it. Astin spoke to the likes of director Chris Columbus and then Head of Physical Production for Fox’s Marvel films, Kevin Feige, about the film to get their input and advise. In addition, he flew around the world to educate himself on the type of special effects technology available to execute his vision for the film.
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Ultimately, Fox passed on Astin and decided on the established Tim Story to direct the 2005 film. That said, an Astin-directed Fantastic Four movie certainly piques curiosity. While he hasn’t directed a big blockbuster to date, maybe Marvel Studios might give him a shot at a feature about Marvel’s First Family or other heroes in the future.