Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Details Fantastic Four Details Emerge; First Trailer Expected Today

Director Josh Trank broke the silence yesterday in an interview with Collider, revealing some details about his upcoming film and giving us a first look at star Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm.

UPDATE: Here is the official Teaser Trailer

Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot has been the center of a great deal of fanboy discussion and that's before we've ever seen even a bit of footage. After nearly a year of radio silence, director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg sat down with Collider to break the ice.
Micheal B. Joran in costume with producer Simon Kinberg

You should head over to Collider for the full interview, but here are the highlights as chosen by Collider's Steve Weintraub:

  • Trank says they “consciously decided to not release anything official” until now.  

  • In terms of plot and story, Trank was guarded but did say, “This is a modern telling of how these four iconic characters came together and came to be.”  

  • Trank revealed that renowned composer Philip Glass is scoring the movie with Marco Beltrami.  

  • The film recently did a few days of additional photography and it was to film some bits and pieces. Nothing major. They weren’t filming some huge new ending.  

  • The original shoot was seventy-two days and they were on-schedule and on-budget.  

  • The film is heavily influenced by David Cronenberg and Trank mentioned thatScanners and The Fly were big influences on the look of the film.  

  • The film is an origin story and there are influences of what Kirby and Stan were doing in the 60’s all the way up into the present day.
 Of interest to me, were Trank's comments about what sets the film apart from other superhero movies. Trank replied, "I would say that the science fiction of it is a big thing that sets it apart from most of the other superhero genre films." Trank then went on into detailing the influence of David Cronenberg, "I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they’re transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control." While this doesn't sound a whole lot like the Fantastic Four that many people recognize, I will give credit to Trank for resurfacing some of the feelings from the very first issues of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four, in which some of the plot lines dealt with the incredibly strange things that happened to the explorers.

Another thing of note was Kinberg revealing that the film was largely based upon the Ultimate line of the Fantastic Four (by no means by favorite) in which Reed Richards eventually became a villain, "Yeah, I think The Ultimates is probably our biggest influence because it’s the younger Fantastic Four. And a lot of the science specifics are there. And a lot of the means of transformation we took from those books." While I love science-fiction and I love science, I'm discouraged that they've chosen to draw heavily from the Ultimates despite having so many other and more personally-enjoyable story lines in the 616-Universe. Kinberg did go on to say that their would be bits of the original 60's stories in there, but then cemented that the Ultimates were THE main source of inspiration.

Despite all of it, I am interested in seeing the teaser, which it seems will be revealed today, and trying to get a feel for the film. Stay tuned for updates!