Jon Watts No Longer Directing ‘Fantastic Four’

Fantastic Four‘s upcoming film reboot is without a director.

Deadline reports that Jon Watts, who directed the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man trilogy, has exited the upcoming Marvel Studios reboot of Marvel’s First Family.

Before you ask, Watts did not leave the project over “creative differences.” Instead, he’s realized that directing superhero movies for 5+ years can get a bit boring and needs a break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On Watts’ departure, Kevin Feige, president, Marvel Studios and Louis D’Esposito, co-president, Marvel Studios, said in a joint statement:

“Collaborating with Jon on the Spider-Man films has been a true pleasure. We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.”

Watts added:

“Making three Spider-Man films was an incredible and life-changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life.”

Currently, Sony still plans on Watts helming the next Spider-Man trilogy. He hasn’t dropped out of that franchise yet. As for who could direct Fantastic Four? Well, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed previously expressed interest in the project, so I’m sure he’s working on a pitch as we speak.

No word yet on when Fantastic Four might enter production. We’ll keep you posted.

Who do you think should replace Watts as director of Fantastic Four? Tell us down in the comments!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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