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Inside Move: Surfer may board ‘Four’

Cult fave might join sequel

Is the Marvel Comics cult favorite Silver Surfer finally about to catch a wave with “Fantastic Four 2”?

The Surfer is on course to become a linchpin in the sequel Fox is readying for a July 4, 2007 bow. Character, who physically resembles the liquid metal villain from “Terminator 2” and soars through the universe on his board, has evolved into one of Marvel’s more sophisticated comicbook heroes. A Surfer feature has been in Fox’s arsenal for a decade, but the studio waited because project is so ambitiously f/x-heavy and Fox has been busy with other Marvel franchises.

The wait ends with “FF2.” Storyline is being finalized, with the studio about to choose between a script by “X2” scribe Mark Frost and another by Don Payne, who scripted Fox/New Regency’s “Super-Ex Girlfriend.”

While sources said Payne’s script had the nod, and the Surfer, a studio spokesman denied that anything was set and that the Surfer was one of several plot possibilities. Fox wants to be sure a guest-starring stint doesn’t wash out future feature plans.

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