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fantastic four reboot found footageWhile we all know that Josh Trank, director of the giant new "Fantastic Four" movie for Fox, got his start on the relatively smallish found footage thriller "Chronicle," there was still something of an expectation that the new film would have scope and resemble a real-life movie, at least as we traditionally understand them. But not so fast.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (via Film Drunk), Emma Watts, the president of production at Fox, was asked if the "Fantastic Four" reboot, featuring young whippersnappers like Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell (from AMC's sensation "Turn"), would feature the same found footage feel that characterize "Chronicle," Watts responded that, yes, that would be a part of it.

"It's Josh, so it can't not have that feel," Watts said. "That's his talent, that's what he does, and that's what excites him about it. It is a really interesting young cast, and he is the magnet that's brought them all together."

To which we have to let out an exasperated groan. This is not the kind of property that will benefit from a cheapo shaky cam aesthetic, and it also calls into question Trank's talents in general. Does this mean that his "Star Wars" movie is going to be more "Troopers" (the early, fan-made "Star Wars" spoof that took on the look of "Cops") than "The Empire Strikes Back?" We certainly hope not.

There is, of course, the outside possibility that Watts was simply mistaken and misspoke. Maybe she just means that Trank is adopting some of the more roughhewn style for the multiplex-worthy "Fantastic Four." Or maybe not. Either way, we'll get our answers closer to the movie's March 6th, 2015 release date.