Are you ready kids? Rumblings are afoot that we are in for a new Fantastic 4 movie that is to be based on the next generation with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies co-author, Seth Grahame–Smith penning the initial draft.

Although the last Fantastic 4 outing comprising of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell completely bombed, the new version will fast forward a few years and focus on the offspring of Reed Richards and Susan Storm, Franklin and Valeria, but will still feature the Thing and the Human Torch. This has all the hallmarks of the studio looking to change its audience for a much younger one who could appreciate their efforts.

Grahame-Smith is no stranger to the Marvel universe; having penned The Spider-Man Handbook: The Ultimate Training Manual, an examination of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man, with an introduction by Stan Lee, and the Hulk issue of Marvel Zombies Return with artist Richard Elson. He also served as the co-creator, head writer and executive producer of The Hard Times of RJ Berger, a TV comedy series on MTV.   Could this hiring of Grahame-Smith be the much-needed inspiration Fox needs for this franchise? Only time will tell.

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Although 20th Century Fox has so far failed in their attempts to win over audiences with the franchise to date the tonally new direction for the franchise will be met with some trepidation. Executive Producer Simon Kinberg had already stated that the studio still wanted to make another offering surrounding the family so it should have come as no surprise it was on the horizon.

Kinberg stated, “Yes, we would love to make another Fantastic Four movie, We feel like there’s a great Fantastic Four movie to be made and I think it would hue closer to the tone of the original, the source material, the comics, but we want to make that movie.”

No word has come from either Fox or Marvel.