Fox’s The Fantastic Four has been one talked about reboot over the last year. It’s had its fair share of problems, but the movies production is wrapped and preparing for a summer 2015 release date. Only problem is that we have yet to see a single official image, poster, piece of footage or anything else, and it’s only seven months away! Until now that is as those over at Collider have given us our first official look on set The Fantastic Four, along with some details from Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank.
First up, let’s get to the images. In the first image you can see Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch along with writer/producer Simon Kinberg. In the second you can see director Josh Trank.
Many believe that the suit that Jordan is in above is the actual Human Torch suit that he will wear, but for me, I just can’t see it. If that is really the suit, why? It might give some kind of hint towards it, but there’s no way that can be the suit – if it is, I sure as hell won’t be to happy about it. My guess, I (would) think this is a suit he wore during production while shooting a scene where he’s The Human Torch lit up in flames for the final product. But who really knows?
Now come the details. Collider was able to sit down and talk with Kinberg and Trank and get some good stuff out of them.
Kinberg talks about the biggest comic influence for the movie:
“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. As you’ll see a little bit in the trailer and a lot in the movie, there are influences really from the beginning of what Kirby and Stan were doing in the 60’s all the way up into the present day. This is an origin story in many regards and it is inspired by The Ultimate Fantastic Four as much as anything else.”
He also spoke about the crossover potential between the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises into one shared cinematic universe:
“The extra challenge is that the X-Men films so far don’t acknowledge the Fantastic Four and the Fantastic Four takes place essentially in the same time period as the X-Men movies, the modern day. So they have challenges. But there are certainly conversations.”
Trank has a simple and straight forward answer to why we haven’t seen any footage/marketing just yet:
“I’d rather show people what it looks like when it’s done.”
As for having Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Trank has this to say:
“I have mixed family in my own family and it’s something that isn’t out of the ordinary anymore but we don’t really see it portrayed in the casual reality of the movies. That’s something I felt that would be interesting and challenging, to have mixed siblings.”
Here is some more really good information regarding The Fantastic Four, with Collider being the source of everything below.
- “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 that Scanners 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.”
- “The Ultimates was also an influence and a lot of the science specifics are there. They told me a lot of the means of transformation they took from the books.”
- “Trank’s first cut of the film was around 2 hours and 10 minutes. He said the final film will probably be between 2 hours and 2 hours and 20 minutes.”
- “Kinberg says there is an Easter egg in the teaser trailer.”
- “They are very influenced by what Marvel has been doing regarding combined universes. Saying that, they admit it’s tricky to combine X-Men and FF because the X-Men films so far don’t acknowledge the Fantastic Four and the Fantastic Four takes place essentially in the same time period as the modern day X-Men movies.”
- “Kinberg does confirm that there is a different approach to the Marvel movies at Fox than when they started making Marvel films at the studio. “There is an intent and want to be a part of a larger fabric and tapestry the way Marvel has done so brilliantly.”“
There is much, much more information from Collider, and if you want to read the full interview, head to this link and check it out.
It’s also worth saying that many online believe that a full trailer will be officially released online tomorrow morning some time. So whether it’s true or not, head back here in the morning as I will have it posted as soon as it drops!
The Fantastic Four will be released on August 7th, 2015. Directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Tellar, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell.