Fox rebooting Fantastic Four

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been tapped to reboot the Fantastic Four movie franchise for Fox, bringing the FF into the same camp of rebooted Marvel heroes that the Punisher and the Hulk belong to, Variety reports.

Goldsman will be acting as producer on the reboot. Michael Greene, veteran scripter of shows like Jack & Bobby, Smallville, Heroes and the upcoming Green Lantern movie, will write the screenplay.

Fox has produced two films featuring the Fantastic Four so far, 2005's Fantastic Four and 2007's 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Both were directed by Barbershop helmer Tim Story and were noteworthy for having a fairly lighthearted tone in a superhero movie market dominated by the likes of The Dark Knight and the fairly grim X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Aside for winning an Oscar for his screenplay for Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind, Goldsman is known for producing films such as Constantine, I Am Legend and the upcoming adaptation of DC Comics' Jonah Hex. He also gained some infamy for writing the generally reviled Batman & Robin.

No word yet if this reboot will bring the FF into the same movie continuity shared by Iron Man, the Hulk and Nick Fury, as has been established in the "tags" following Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.