Sean Astin to direct 'Fantastic Four' feature film?

CBR News received word from Gelogurte from the Brazilian media site A Galaxia with news of actor Sean Astin's interest in directing the upcoming "Fantastic Four" movie. In addition to playing the part of Sam in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Astin has tried his hand at directing, having directed the short "The Long and Short of It" as well as episodes of "Angel" and "Jeremiah. Apparently, Astin gave an interview to Brazilian magazine SET, the largest movie magazine in Brazil, and was asked about directing in which he revealed that "Fantastic Four" is a project he's trying to get on board with. Gelogurte sent CBR News a translation of the interview, originally printed in Portuguese. The original, full sized scan of the interview is available on the A Galaxia Web site.

SET: You were highly praised over your short movie The Long and Short of It which is in The Two Towers DVD. Do you have any plans of directing something bigger?

SEAN ASTIN: Oh, yeah! I always wanted to act and direct with the same intensity but only now I've found the way to get to directing. Right now I'm running to be the director of this US$ 100, US$ 130 million movie which the studio wants to release in the end of 2004 and it has a huge effect in pop culture. I got a meeting scheduled but I can't talk about it yet.

SET: Is it a comic book adaptation?

SA: You figured it out, huh?

SET: You're running for the director's chair of Fantastic Four, right?

SA: Yes.

SET: You've got some pretty heavy competition ahead of you. I heard Steven Soderbergh is interested and that he was offered the job by the studio specially because he could bring George Clooney as Reed Richards.

SA: Yeah but I'm a friend of George Clooney, too (laughs). I think he would make a perfect Reed Richards.

SET: And who would be your Human Torch?

SA: Oh, he's right over there. Orlando Bloom.

Gelogurte pointed out that a few months back some sites were reporting that Sean Astin was seen at comic stores buying up loads of "Fantastic Four" comics, seemingly research for this project.

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