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Continuing the current trend, 2015 will bring plenty of sequels, reboots and superhero movies occupying big box office slots, and Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four ticks two of those boxes. Starring an eclectic cast that includes Miles Teller (Footloose) as Reed Richards, Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Ben Grimm, Kate Mara (Transcendence) as Sue Storm and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm, the Fantastic Four reboot was penned by Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who has another high-profile superhero movie out this year.
Kinberg was in attendance at WonderCon over the weekend to promote the imminent release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and described ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
While promoting "X-Men: Days of Future Past," writer Simon Kinberg spoke about the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, stating that the story is somewhat similar to what can be found in the Ultimate Universe. "We're definitely telling a younger story that the original films did," he explained. "They're older than high school, but they're not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story." Kinberg continued: "It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is." When asked if the team will travel into space to get their powers, the writer teased: "There is archetypal imagery of how they get their powers, for sure, and it does involve some sort of scientific travel." »
In an interview with Crave Online, X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg was asked to clear things up in regards to Anna Paquin's role in the "inbetweenquel". Fans were disappointed to learn that the actress had been cut from the movie, although the backlash seemingly led to at least a small part of what was once a significant chunk of screentime being restored. "I just wanted to see Ian [McKellan] and Patrick [Stewart] on a mission together. So I took them away from the main plot of the movie so that they could go off and do something, and [Rogue] was the MacGuffin of that mission. It was a perfectly fine 10 minutes of the film that didn’t fit the film. So we pulled her out of the movie and pulled that plot out of the film. I can’t speak to any other rumors about any other »
One thing is very clear whenever new information is released for Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four: most of you do not have high hopes for the reboot. I don't either, and I doubt any of these latest comments from writer/producer Simon Kinberg are going to change your thoughts on Trank's upcoming film. One of the biggest complaints from fans has been the age of the cast for The Fantastic Four, and in an interview with Den of Geek, Simon Kinberg says the characters »
- Jesse Giroux
We’ve already brought you a clip from the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels shown during Lucasfilm’s WonderCon panel on Saturday [which you can watch here], and now thanks to the Star Wars Blog we’ve got 17 pieces of concept art, which includes samples from Dave Filoni’s sketchbook…
Meanwhile, during the panel it was also revealed that Star Wars: The Clone Wars composer Kevin Kiner is set to continue his work on Star Wars Rebels; here’s an official featurette with Kiner discussing his upcoming return to a galaxy far, far away…
“Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. »
- Gary Collinson
Simon Kinberg has been discussing what we can expect from Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, and has stressed that the tone of the film will be less cartoonish than previous adaptations. “It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies,” says Kinberg. “If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle." “The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man,” continued Kinberg, before clarifying that he was referring...
- George Wales
X-Men: Days Of Future Past screenwriter and producer, Simon Kinberg, has been discussing Rogue’s involvement in the film, explaining why her scenes were cut from the finished script. “It’s kind of a hard question,” said Kinberg, when grilled by Crave on the subject. “We shot with Anna [Paquin] a big subplot in the movie and we watched it in the movie and then we cut it out of the movie because, she’s great in it and it was well shot, but it just didn’t fit the film.” “It was a subplot that I created sort of as an appendage to the...
- George Wales
Kinberg says the tone of the new movies is "much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies," however it won't be Chris Nolan-style deathly serious:
"If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between [Sam Raimi's] 'Spider-Man' and 'Chronicle'. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man. It's still in the direction of Spider-Man. It's not like Dark Knight. And even Chronicle has a lot of fun in it.
We're treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you'd have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent, but in this one we tried to ground the »
- Garth Franklin
Modern comic book movies have shown us that there are two equally effective approaches to tone: you can go the fun, more comedic route, like The Avengers, or darker and more serious, like The Dark Knight. Not only does this provide a bit of variety within the genre, it also provides an interesting question about the direction of future projects. In this case, we're talking about the upcoming Fantastic Four movie from director Josh Trank. Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg was in Anaheim, CA this weekend promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past, and while talking with Crave the filmmaker revealed the tonal direction of the the upcoming reboot. In contrast to the slightly goofy Fantastic Four movies that came out a decade ago, the new film will instead be going in a more serious direction. "It.s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies," Kinberg said. »
"We’re definitely telling a younger story that the original films did," Simon Kinberg revealed in an interview with Den of Geek recently when asked if the casting of Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm was an indication that the reboot will feature a take on the team similar to that of their Ultimate Universe counterparts. "They’re older than high school, but they’re not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is." Of all the comics in Marvel's Ultimate line, Brian Michael Bendis and »
For the duration of April and May of 2014, it’s all Marvel all the time. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will soon be winding down its theatrical run, but Sony has The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Fox has X-Men: Days of Future Past, both releasing in May.
Days of Future Past recently dropped its final trailer, along with a new viral video. We also received news that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will include a clip from DoFP, though fans shouldn’t hold their breath for a crossover. Most recently, Patrick Stewart hinted that he could be returning as Professor X in 2016′s mooted Click to continue reading Simon Kinberg Talks ‘X-Men: Dofp’; Says ‘Fantastic Four’ Tone Is Between ‘Chronicle’ & ‘Spider-Man’
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- Anthony Vieira
Writer-producer Simon Kinberg was at WonderCon in Anaheim yesterday to talk about the upcoming mutant superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, but with Fox’s reboot The Fantastic Four due to kick off production this month, he also offered up a few words about the studio and director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) plans for Marvel’s First Family.
“As Bryan Singer created with the original X-Men movies, Christopher Nolan created with the Dark Knight movies, Jon Favreau and Marvel created with the Iron Man movies, all the best superhero franchises – Sam Raimi did it with with Spider-Man – they create a tone and that is the thing that defines them,” says Kinberg (via HitFix). “It’s not the stories that differentiate them from each other. Sometimes the characterizations aren’t that distinct. It’s that the tone is different and in some ways [that's because of the] lessons learned from the original ‘Fantastic Four’ movies, »
- Gary Collinson
Disney has released the first preview clip from upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels.
The clip - which was premiered at WonderCon yesterday (April 19) - sees the show's star Vanessa Marshall introduce the preview, which focuses on her character Hera.
Star Wars Rebels - which debuted its first two teaser trailers in February - will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, an era of around two decades that has never been developed on screen before.
The period in question is when the Empire is tightening its hold on the galaxy, while hunting the remaining Jedi Knights involved in a new rebellion.
Star Wars Rebels is due to premiere as »
While promoting "X-Men: Days of Future Past," writer Simon Kinberg was asked about the next installment in the "X-Men" franchise, called "X-Men: Apocalypse," which is already scheduled to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. "It really follows the 'X-Men: First Class' cast," Kinberg said about "Apocalypse." "Meaning it is a sequel that will feature [James] McAvoy, [Michael] Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nic Hoult and that cast. It is not a sequel that would necessarily feature Ian [McKellen], Patrick [Stewart], Halle [Berry] and the original cast. It would take place roughly between 'Days of Future Past' and when 'X-Men' first started." Despite the fact that Kinberg said that the original cast will not return for "Apocalypse," Patrick Stewart feels that there's still a way for him to make an appearance. "I don't see why not," he explained. "That is one of the blessings about fantasy and science fiction. You're never really dead. I would love to »
20th Century Fox closed out their WonderCon presentation with an extended look at X-Men: Days of Future Past . A repeat of the previous CinemaCon footage, the massive action piece saw familiar on-screen mutants like Shawn Ashmore's Iceman, Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde and Daniel Cudmore's Colossus battle alongside newcomers like Omar Sy's Bishop, Adan Canto's Sunspot, Booboo Stewart's Warpath and Bingbing Fan's Blink, defending themselves against attacking sentinels with the ability to mimic mutant powers. Needless to say, the crowd was very responsive. ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype spoke just after the presentation with writer/producer Simon Kinberg. He's been with Fox's X-Universe since X-Men: The Last Stand and is now involved with both The Fantastic Four as well as »
Talking to Crave Online at WonderCon yesterday, Simon Kinberg was quizzed by the site about how the tone of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four will differ to that of Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both of which were rubbish light comedies. "It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies," the X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and producer revealed. "If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man." That sounds like the right sort of direction to take the reboot in and is a good sign that we'll see elements from both the 616 and Ultimate versions. Now, depending on which of the Spider-Man franchises you prefer, that will either be very good or bad news. »
During Saturday’s WonderCon presentation, Disney and Lucasfilm Animation debuted an extended look at the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, showing an action sequence featuring the Twi’lek pilot Hera (voiced by Vanessa Marshall) and the “grumpy” astromech Chopper; check it out after the official series synopsis….
“Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and Tie fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, »
- Gary Collinson
Anaheim - First thing's first. The new "Fantastic Four" movie is definitely happening. No delays, no recasting. Josh Trank's vision is going to come to fruition. That's the word from the movie's screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg who was on the Baton Rouge, La set two days ago and reveals that production begins in earnest in two weeks. Kinberg was at this year's WonderCon to speak primarily about 20th Century Fox's expected blockbuster "X-Men: Days of Future Past," but he also took a few minutes to talk about Marvel Comics' most famous family. He says the chance to create a "unique tone" is what excites him most about the reboot. "As Singer created with the original 'X-Men' movies, Christopher Nolan created with the 'Dark Knight' movies, Jon Favreau and Marvel created with the 'Iron Man' movies, all the best superhero franchises - Sam Raimi did it »
- Gregory Ellwood
Anaheim - Simon Kinberg had an unexpected trip to WonderCon on Saturday. The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" screenwriter and producer stepped in for director Bryan Singer who finds himself in the middle of a publicity nightmare surrounding abuse allegations that took place almost 14 years ago. It's a rare moment in the spotlight for Kinberg who, in many ways, has become the key man on 20th Century Fox's superhero movies. Kinberg wrote the dreadful "X-Men: The Last Stand," but redeemed himself five years later as a producer on "X-Men: First Class" and is both the writer and producer of Fox's buzzworthy "Fantastic Four" reboot. Today, however, he's sitting down to talk about "Days of Future Past" and, happily, he hasn't succumbed to answering questions with just studio talking points (oh, there's time). The latest "X-Men" extravaganza is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and for a variety of reasons. »
- Gregory Ellwood
At WonderCon 2014, 20th Century Fox presented select footage from their upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of course there was the big white elephant in the room – which everyone chose to ignore/avoid (the panel was curiously the only one without any audience questions). The focus was strictly on the film itself. Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg was on hand to discuss adapting the beloved comic, getting time travel ‘right’ and making-up for X-Men: The Last Stand. For the full recap of the footage shown and bullet point highlights of the Q&A, hit the jump. Much of the ‘new’ X-Men footage screened can be found in the ‘opening battle scene’ currently making the rounds on the Internet. You can see that here, if you so choose. The footage screened for WonderCon attendees covered a bit more of this beginning sequence -- as the various B-level X-Men (Ice Man, Blink, »
- Tommy Cook
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