EXCLUSIVE: After enjoying an enormous half in serving to launch the Marvel Studios restricted sequence WandaVisionMatt Shakman could also be prepared to assist launch one of many studio’s prized film properties. Sources inform Deadline that Shakman is in early talks to direct Marvel’s new Fantastic Four pic.

Rumors have been operating rampant in current weeks that he was within the combine for the job, and insiders at the moment are telling Deadline that whereas a proper provide hasn’t been offered, early discussions have begun and that issues are headed in the correct course. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing.

Marvel couldn’t be reached for remark.

Shakman steps in for Jon Watts, who parted ways with the project within the spring. Watts was coming off Spider-Man: No Way Home, which had simply grow to be the sixth highest-grossing movie in world field workplace historical past with $1.89 billion and wanted a break from the comedian e-book realm. Marvel rapidly started on the lookout for his substitute, assembly with a variety of candidates,  and thought was the search might go all the best way into the autumn.

That mentioned, there was all the time the thought Shakman was the man to beat given how snug Feige was with him following WandaVision, which not solely efficiently launched Marvel’s restricted sequence technique for Disney+ but in addition earned a number of Emmy nominations together with Best Director for Shakman.

Fantastic Four has been an -anticipated property for MCU followers going again to when Disney acquired Fox and absorbed all its belongings; these included Fantastic Four. Ever since followers have been questioning after they would get that new sequence of movies, and Feige delivered that reply at this yr’s Comic-Con in San Diego, saying the film would kick off Phase 6, bowing on November 8, 2024. It shall be adopted by two Avengers motion pictures: Avengers: The Kang Dynasty on May 2 of that yr, and Avengers: Secret Wars simply six months later.

Shakman is repped by UTA, Artists Firsts and Yorn, Levine, Barnes, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner, Endlich and Gellman.

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