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JustifiedFilms just posted a photo, claiming that it's from the set of the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, giving us a look at that The Thing will look like in the new film. Check out the photo below. The Thing will be created in post-production, but a bust is still needed for lots of reasons, including lighting and to make it easier for actors to interact with the character. "Fantastic Four" is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and is set to hit theaters on June 19th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
As promised by writer-producer Simon Kinberg, The Fantastic Four was absent from 20th Century Fox’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con yesterday. However, fans wanting to get a glimpse of Marvel’s First Family may be interested in an image that has arrived online through Justified Films on Twitter, which claims to show how Jamie Bell’s Ben Grimm will appear as The Thing in the Josh Trank-directed reboot. Take a look via Cbm…
The Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19th 2015, with a cast that includes Miles Teller (Divergent) as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (American Horror Story) as the Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) as the Human Torch, Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as The Thing, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Doctor Doom, Reg E. Cathey (The Wire) as Dr. Storm, and Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk) as Harvey Elder.
- Gary Collinson
Justified Films have posted an image that appears our first look at The Thing, Ben Grimm's rock-like transformed state, from Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot. This looks to be a on set sculpt that visual effects crews use for lighting references when they go back and insert the character digitally. Earlier today, 20th Century Fox surprisingly chose not to include any material from Trank's Fantastic Four at their Comic-Con panel, but instead we have this to chew on. And for me, this is probably better than anything they could've officially released. Enjoy! #leaked #FantasticFour #Marvel #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2014 #thething pic.twitter.com/h8TA22vPSo — Justified Films (@justifiedfilms) July 26, 2014 Fantastic Four directed by Josh Trank ("Chronicle") from a story and screenplay by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"). Kate Mara ("House of Cards") as Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, »
While there has been a lot of talk about 20th Century Fox’s new version of The Fantastic Four, particularly while it was still in development, very little information has come directly from those involved in it. Now, talking to MTV, Michael B. Jordan – Aka Johnny Storm / The Human Torch – has opened up about the tone and more of the new superhero venture.With his Chronicle director Josh Trank calling the shots and Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell around him as Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl and The Thing respectively, Jordan commented on how the film has been perceived to be in trouble, with various script drafts and rumours that it would be shut down before it even began.“The script is evolving, you make on set decisions on the fly, things are always constantly changing,” he says. “Me personally, I block out that extra noise and I focus »
There’s something about the whole idea of zombies and people returning from the dead that used to strike fear into horror fans. Films like Night Of The Living Dead, Zombi, and various others were able to make their viewers genuinely affected and frightened. Somewhere in the last half decade or so, there was a shift, replacing that fear with a watered down and somewhat dull angle to a once scary idea. Akin to what happened with vampires via Twilight, zombies just lost their edge, leading into a very safe and very family-friendly territory. Such is the case with Jeff Banea’s Life After Beth, a film that while being capable of a laugh here and there, just further illustrates how far the zombie subgenre has strayed, from being something frightful, into being just another genre watered down to the point of being unrecognizable.
Focusing on Zack, a young man »
- Jerry Smith
A month ago, Nikki Finke, former Deadline head honcho, launched her new website, nikkifinke.com. To kick things off she posted several sexy "scoops" about high-profile Hollywood projects. On June 17th, Finke posted, "I’ve just heard that screenwriter Max Landis ("Chronicle") is working on a new draft for Ghostbusters 3 with a three-week turnaround." This "scoop" was quickly debunked by Max Landis via Twitter. Now, the NY Post is reporting how Finke became a victim of a hoax. Sources say Finke last month received at least five e-mails through her tip line with detailed info about Landis and the “Ghostbusters” sequel, including that studio brass was impressed with footage from Landis’ upcoming adaptation of “Frankenstein,” as well as other particulars. Dangling the carrot further, one “tipster” claimed Deadline was running the Landis story the next day. Another begged Finke not to run the story as it was promised exclusively to Variety. »
While production has already started on Fox's The Fantastic Four there is little to no details on Josh Trank's (Chronicle) reboot. Kate Mara, who was cast as Sue Storm, said the plot for The Fantastic Four won't be based on the comics, so not much to go by. We might see something from Hall H panel at this year’s Comic-Con but in the meantime Michael B. Jordan, who plays Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the film, was asked about the upcoming reboot in a »
- Graham McMorrow
When 20th Century Fox announced their Comic-Con 2014 plans last week, many fans were surprised that The Fantastic Four was not one of the movies the studio plans on showcasing. It has been rumored that all five main cast members, Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) and Toby Kebbell (Victor Von Doom) will make an appearance, but the studio has not confirmed that at this time.
Even if The Fantastic Four doesn't have a presence in San Diego next week, Michael B. Jordan revealed a number of new details about his highly-anticipated reboot in a new interview with MTV, where he says the script is constantly evolving and calls the project a grounded and unconventional superhero movie, while discussing his reunion with Chronicle director Josh Trank.
The actor first revealed that the project is so massive that the script is constantly changing, »
Though 20th Century Fox hasn’t officially revealed everything it will be bringing to Comic-Con next weekend for its big Hall H panel, most are expecting to see at least something from The Fantastic Four. The comics adaptation is currently in production in Louisiana in anticipation of a June 19, 2015 release date, so this year’s Comic-Con is the film’s big chance to reach the fans in a massive way. We still know very little about the pic beyond the fact that Chronicle director Josh Trank is at the helm and it has a “grounded” tone, but the cast is certainly promising with Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Toby Kebbell (aka Koba from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. Doom. Jordan recently spoke a bit about the filming experience and »
- Adam Chitwood
Michael B. Jordan's casting as Johnny Storm in the "Fantastic Four" reboot brought with it plenty of reaction, far more than any of his co-stars, and surprisingly not a lot was gushing despite the young actor's impressive pedigree.
Subsequently the upset over his casting has died down as concern has grown instead over the project as a whole and how director Josh Trank's vision seems to be taking a larger than expected departure from the comics.
It has gotten so touchy that a comment from co-star Kate Mara in a magazine interview this week about the film not being based on any of the comic's storylines had to be quickly followed up by a response from her publicist. Her publicist claimed that Mara was misquoted and actually meant the film was "not based on one comic [storyline], but rather drawn from the entire canon."
Now, Jordan himself has spoken with »
- Garth Franklin
In a new interview with Kate Mara, the actress spoke about playing The Invisible Woman in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, revealed that the new film will not be based on any comic book storylines. "I've never been a fan of comics, I've never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn't necessary," she told Esquire. "Actually he told us that we shouldn't do it because the plot won't be based on any history of anything already published." Mara went on to say that director Josh Trank (Chronicle) is attempting to do something different. "We are trying to create a new way of seeing these superheroes, I'm focusing on making [Sue Storm] as real as possible." »
Earlier in the week, Kate Mara offered up some words on The Fantastic Four (with her comments apparently taken out of context) and now her co-star Michael B. Jordan has been discussing the upcoming reboot with MTV, stating that it’s “not your typical superhero film”:
“We have been pretty much in our own world, that’s really the only way we could get a project like this done,” said Jordan, referring to the secrecy on set. “It is so massive, so many moving parts, so many moving pieces, things are changing every day. The script is evolving, [you make] on set decisions on the fly, things are always constantly changing. Me personally, I block out that extra noise and I focus on the job I have to do. It is an important film for all of us… We’re taking it seriously, taking a lot of risks. I think it’s going to pay off. »
- Gary Collinson
Although Fox has been planning the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four since 2009, the new franchise didn’t start gaining traction until Josh Trank (Chronicle) was hired to direct in 2012. Aside from the discussion of whether it’s too soon to reboot the characters, The Fantastic Four production has been rife with controversies. Between the casting choices (specifically Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch), the script, and the manner in which Marvel has handled Fantastic Four, Fox’s upcoming superhero flick is no stranger to the online fan debate – in publications and comments sections alike.
Click to continue reading ‘Fantastic Four’ Clarification: Not Based on One Specific Comic Story
- Molly Freeman
Gird your loins, nerd army... Director Josh Trank (Chronicle) is currently hard at work on Fox’s reboot of classic Marvel comic the Fantastic Four - and it has now emerged that the story will not be based on any plotline from the original comics. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Kate Mara, who plays Sue Storm (aka The Invisible Woman) admitted that she had “never been a fan of comics »
If you’ve been following the development of Fox’s reboot of The Fantastic Four, then you’ll no doubt be aware that director Josh Trank (Chronicle) intends on delivering something different to the traditional comic book incarnation of Marvel’s First Family. With the casting of younger actors, it was thought that the studio had decided to go down the Ultimate Fantastic Four route, but now Kate Mara – who is set to play Susan Storm / The Invisible Woman – has indicated that may not be the case after all…
“I was going to read comic books for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary,” Mara tells Esquire Latinoamerica (via Cbm). “Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions… We are also trying to »
- Gary Collinson
Chronicle director Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four reboot is one of the most mysterious comic book movies coming down the pipeline. Outside of its cast – which includes Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kata Mara as the Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as her brother Johnny/the Human Torch, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom – we know nothing about the plot or direction that the film will take. We’ve heard several rumblings that it will be “more grounded,” akin to something like Batman Begins, and tell a coming-of-age story… but that could be said about almost any major reboot that’s in development.
In a new interview with Esquire Mexico, Mara spoke a bit about Trank’s direction on the film, and how she feels about playing the iconic superheroine:
“I don’t feel more »
- James Garcia
The Fantastic Four reboot continues to generate controversy amongst fans. While director Josh Trank's (Chronicle; Untitled Star Wars Spin-Off) take on the Marvel property has long been thought to be an adaptation of the Ultimate Fantastic Four storyline, which brings a modernized re-imagining of the superhero team, star Kate Mara is now claiming that the upcoming franchise remake isn't even based on the Marvel comic books.
How is that possible?
"I've never been a fan of comics, I've never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn't necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn't do it because the plot won't be based on any history of anything already published. »
Fox’s reboot of The Fantastic Four has been criticized since its inception as being a bastardized knockoff of the classic Marvel Comics property. The two biggest reasons why hardcore fans have been so upset over this new take on the F4 (shephereded by Chronicle director Josh Trank) have been unorthodox casting choices (read: they made the Human Torch black) and a script that – even while wrapped in secrecy – seems to be taking some big liberties with the comic book source material.
As Comic-Con 2014 rolls around (where we expect some Fantastic Four surprises), it seems that this film could be under heavy scrutiny (read: all-out assault) – especially when ...
Click to continue reading ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Won’t Be Based on the Comic Books
- Kofi Outlaw
If there's one aspect of these new Star Wars movies that have hard-core fans most excited, it's the selection of visionary directors Disney's hired to bring these stories to life. After J.J. Abrams gets the ball rolling with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015, we have Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) tackling solo spin-off movies that may or may not be origin stories following characters like Han Solo, Yoda and/or Boba Fett. Then, circling back to the trilogy of sequels, Rian Johnson (Looper) will helm the follow-up to Abrams' movie, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Know what that list is missing? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. If it isn't already obvious, Disney is paying close attention to those...
- Erik Davis
J.J. Abrams may be currently working on bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to the big screen, but lately our sights have been set on the films that will come after its December 2015 release. Over the last few months, Disney and Lucasfilm have been signing multiple directors for the various forthcoming Star Wars sequels and spinoff films. They’ve nabbed some pretty great talent too, from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to Chronicle director Josh Trank. Then there’s Looper helmer Rian Johnson, who will write and direct Episode VIII, and handle scripting duties on Episode IX as well.
According to JediNews, we may have another name to throw into the mix today, as they’re reporting that Doctor Who and Sherlock writer/showrunner Stephen Moffat may have been offered a Star Wars film, presumably Episode IX.
JediNews isn’t sure whether he’ll write, direct, or produce the film, but it »
- James Garcia
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