New Fantastic Four reboot could TOTALLY change the classic origin story

There’s a new casting report making the rounds that indicates that Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot will be making wholesale changes to the classic Marvel origin story. Like, really, really big changes.

The report surfaced over at Acting Auditions, indicating that Trank’s remake will feature a much younger take on the characters who come together in a different way than fans might expect. Instead of the team getting hit with cosmic rays in outer space as adults, it sounds like Reed Richards and Ben Grimm get their powers as kids and start working for the government — then eventually hook up with super-powered Johnny and Sue Storm when they grow up.

Here’s the alleged mini-synopsis from the report:

The Fantastic Four will tell the story of two very young friends, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. After an event transforms the boys, they find themselves empowered with bizarre new abilities. Reed becomes a scientific genius who can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions. Ben becomes a monstrous, craggy humanoid with orange, rock-like skin and super strength. However, the two end up being owned by the government and used as weapons. But after they mature, two others with powers come into the picture – Sue Storm “The Invisible Girl” and Johnny Storm “The Human Torch.”

Honestly, some of the broad strokes bear a mild resemblance to Trank’s previous hit Chronicle, and the younger-than-expected approach does mesh with those casting options that are all over the trades. It also seems to share some similarities to the Ultimate Fantastic Four run. So is it true? It’s certainly possible. It makes sense that Trank would want to do something different than what came before in the mixed-bag 2005 Fantastic Four film and its atrocious 2007 sequel.

Retooling the origin story and introducing a young cast sounds like as good an idea as any to mix things up, and though it’ll obviously irk some comic fans, it could potentially be a good idea to breathe new life into Marvel’s first family. If that’s the case, it sounds like they’re giving Trank a very long leash — here’s hoping he doesn’t hang us all with it.

What do you think? Could this be a good idea?

(Via Bleeding Cool)