Deadline is reporting that Matt Shakman is in early talks to direct Marvel’s new Fantastic Four film. Shakman helmed the successful Marvel live action series WandaVision for Disney Plus as well as many previous TV directing credits including Mad Men, Sucession and Game of Thrones.
Rumors have been circulating in recent weeks that he was in the mix for the job, and is sources are now telling Deadline that while a formal offer hasn’t been presented, early discussions have begun and that things are headed in the right direction. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing.
Marvel could not be reached for comment.
Shakman steps in for Jon Watts, who parted ways with the project in the spring. Watts was coming off Spider-Man: No Way Home, which had just become the sixth highest-grossing film in global box office history with $1.89 billion and needed a break from the comic book realm. Marvel quickly began looking for his replacement, meeting with a number of candidates, and thought was the search may go all the way into the fall.