Don’t you hate that each year Awards Season seems to creep ever earlier in the calendar year? God! Can’t you just go one film festival without speculating whether it will be an Oscar contender, or whether it has the legs to survive such an increasingly long awards season? Geez, I can’t imagine why so many Sundance movies struggle to make a lasting impact over a year later when conversations beating it into the ground start this early!
What movie are we talking about again? Furious 7? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ah ah ha.
Wait, really? And you’re telling me it’s over? Pack it up, we’re going home? The race is completely in the bag? This Best Picture race was done before it started? It would be like if Meryl Streep starred as Jesus and was wrongly trapped as a slave for 12 years? Except it’s Furious 7 »
- Brian Welk
Sony is ploughing ahead with a brand new Ghostbusters universe, set to commence with the Paul Feig-directed female-led reboot and followed up by a more “male-centric” sequel. Regardless of who is attached to write, direct, produce or star in any of the above – or indeed the other two movies expected to complete the rebranded series – that’s not going to stop the Internet from casting its judgment.
Or, other creatives from whipping out 4700-word pitches for a Ghostbusters 3 that circles back around to the first two and completely resolves the unfinished trilogy. Nope, nothing stopped Max Landis, the scribe behind Chronicle and about a million brilliant Tweets, from scratching out a preliminary pitch for a third instalment.
Referenced last year in a series of Tweets, Landis has since taken it upon himself to post the entire fleshed-out treatment to his blog. The ideas included in what he terms »
- Gem Seddon
Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) off a screenplay by Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater, the upcoming cinematic reboot of Marvel Comics' first family of superheroes will hit theaters this summer. Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. »
- Pietro Filipponi
20th Century Fox recently unveiled an official poster for its "Fantastic Four" reboot, showing the superheroes from the back. And now, we have a photo of an international banner that shows the characters from the front, giving us a good look at The Thing. Check it out below. Plot: The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The new movie is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and is set to hit conventional and 3D theaters on August 7th. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Even if the films turn out to be terrible, it’s impossible to deny that Lucasfilm has been knocking it out of the park in terms of casting their Star Wars movies. Of course it helps when you have a property that everyone wants to be a part of, but the eclectic ensemble of Star Wars: The Force Awakens—with Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega and more set to occupy the same screen—is downright brilliant. Then the next Star Wars movie, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ spinoff Rogue One, started off on the right foot by casting Felicity Jones as the lead, and now it looks like the studio will continue its run with word that the phenomenal Ben Mendelsohn is mulling over joining Jones in the Rogue One cast. The folks at Deadline report that the Australian Animal Kingdom actor is “circling »
- Adam Chitwood
Following yesterday's new poster for Fantastic Four, which showed a vague display of powers from the quartet of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, we have a new look at the team, but this one reveals a bit more. While the teaser trailer and even yesterday's poster have obscured our look at The Thing from any angle other than behind is naked stone body, an international banner has gone up that gives us our first good lock at the clobbering hero from the front. And he looks...exactly like you'd expect him to look. Hopefully he's less of a punchline than the one Michael Chiklis played before. Look! Here's the international banner for Fantastic Four from Instagram (via Superhero Hype): You can also watch the first teaser trailer for Trank's Fantastic Four right here. Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and written by »
- Ethan Anderton
Having released the first trailer for Fantastic Four way back in January, things seemed to have quietened down for Josh Trank’s reboot. Eager to see a new big-screen adaptation of the classic Marvel team, I’m happy to report that a new poster has been released.
Well, I say new, we’ve seen it briefly before; it’s the final shot from the trailer, with the titular quartet observing an ominous-looking structure in a barren landscape. With the Chronicle director taking the reigns, this new iteration appears to be much darker and grittier in tone than the 2005 version; great news for us, though probably bad news for our heroes.
The poster also shows the group wearing costumes of sorts, though not the familiar sight of their classic outfits. Whilst it makes sense considering the film’s style, I could understand fans being disappointed but worry not! If last week »
- Mike McCarthy
20th Century Fox has unveiled the official poster for its upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, starring Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell. Check it out below. Plot: The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The new movie is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and is set to hit conventional and 3D theaters on August 7th. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Back in January, we finally got our first look at Fantastic Four, the comic book franchise reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank. The trailer painted a pretty stark, heavy-handed picture, something like Interstellar meets The Dark Knight, but we still need to see more of the film to get a better idea of what to expect. We're not sure when a new trailer will arrive, but in the meantime, a new poster has shown up that slightly reworks an image that we saw in the teaser trailer. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell gaze at a beam of energy shooting into the sky in the distance, but this time Mara is slightly invisible and Jordan's hands are flaming. But Thing still has no pants and Teller isn't stretching. Look! Here's the new teaser poster for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four (in full via Imp Awards): »
- Ethan Anderton
20th Century Fox has released a new Fantastic Four poster for director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) upcoming adaptation of the Marvel comic. What’s been clear from the very first teaser trailer is that Fox wants audiences to know that this new Fantastic Four is nothing like the previous two adaptations of the franchise. Whereas those were colorful and a bit more comic book-y in nature (the 2005 Fantastic Four came out the same year as Batman Begins, which would introduce the "gritty reboot" to the genre), Trank’s take is much more grounded, dark, and ominous. Indeed, Trank himself told us that the body horror films of David Cronenberg were a big influence on his vision for Fantastic Four, and that’s certainly clear in this new poster. The one-sheet gives us another look at the “team” image from the end of the film’s trailer, but this Fantastic Four poster features full CG effects, »
- Adam Chitwood
The directors for the next four Star Wars films have been known for some time. Jj Abrams is currently in post-production on Star Wars: Episode VII, whilst Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will start shooting 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One this summer.
Then it's over to Rian Johnson, who's writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is due in May 2017. After that, Fantastic Four and Chronicle helmer Josh Trank will be tackling a standalone Star Wars movie, and we're expecting his movie to appear in 2018.
But what, then, of Star Wars: Episode IX? At one stage, it looked as if Rian Johnson was going to be directing this on top of Episode VIII. Yet thus far, Disney and Lucasfilm hasn't confirmed who's got the job. According to Latino Review, it may well »
A few years ago, the writer of the film Chronicle, Max Landis (son of famous director John Landis), gave the internet his take on the famous comic book story arch “The Death of Superman.” He sat down in front of a camera and explained what was great and what was bad about the iconic moment as friends Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Jennette McCurdy, and others acted out the story in the campiest way possible.
Well Max is back with his view on what makes the world of professional wrestling so amazing. He does so by focusing in on one of wrestling’s most brilliant characters: Triple H. In what looks to be a piece that makes fun of Triple H or the wrestling business in general turns into a roundabout way of saying that wrestling should be respected as an art form the same way film and episodic television shows are valued. »
- Eric Delgado
Director Josh Trank's Chronicle wasn't without it's humorous moments. But overall, it was a dark, gritty and somewhat realistic take on the superhero genre. From what we've seen so far, his Fantastic Four reboot sounds like it will bring more of the same. Some fans are worried that it will be too dark, like some of the DC Comics movies. Especially since it has been compared to David Cronenberg films like The Fly and Scanners. Star Miles Teller, who plays superhero team leader Mister Fantastic, doesn't wan't you to worry about that too much. The film has also been likened to the Amblin movies of the 80s, and it will have some funny moments set against its bleak backdrop. The actor says:
"You should have some laughs in there. You want to see some enjoyment and The Thing better say 'It's clobbering time'."
Many believe this will be a »
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced details of the upcoming “Stars Wars” films at its annual shareholders meeting in San Francisco.
Plot details of “Rogue One” are unknown.
It’s unclear how both spinoff features will play into the upcoming seventh chapter “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
- Variety Staff
Trank Shares Fantastic Four Reboot Details. Chronicle director, Josh Trank, recently took some time to speak to Empire about his upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Trank’s unique spin on his Fantastic Four movie is as divisive of a film topic as you are likely to come across (a difficult achievement considering the highly [...]
- Victor Stiff
Did you know that Kristen Stewart made history a week ago? The 24-year-old actress became the first American woman to win a prestigious Cesar Award, France's own version of the Academy Award. She also won it for an English-speaking role. Think about that for a second. This honor hasn't been bestowed upon Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Natalie Portman, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon or any other globally acclaimed American actress over the past 30 years. No, it was Kristen Stewart who broke the French's reticence to reward anyone but their own. Stewart, an actress who continues to (mostly) put studio work behind her following a string of acclaimed performance in indie films over the past year. That career path continues with her next endeavor, the "Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project," In case the name is unfamiliar to you, Reichardt is an acclaimed director whose movies include festival favorites "Night Moves," "Meek's Cutoff" and "Wendy and Lucy. »
- Gregory Ellwood
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men vs. Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Lucifer, Powers and more…
We’ll start this edition of The Week in Spandex off with 2015’s first – and easily most-anticipated – superhero movie of the year Avengers: Age of Ultron, and this week saw Marvel debuting a couple of new theatrical posters for the follow-up to 2012’s The Avengers, which confirmed that Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig) will both feature in the credits-bursting cast list, and Danny Elfman will also supply “additional music”. It’s also kicked off a series of new character posters which so far includes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) [see here], The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo »
- Gary Collinson
This morning we brought you four new images from 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four [check them out here], and now Cbm has posted some quotes from director Josh Trank in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, where he offers up his thoughts on the difference between the new film and the studio’s first two Ff movies.
“The original two films to me are very similar to a lot of recent movies that have come out, in terms of that kind of cartoonish. It’s just not something that me and Simon are interested in as storytellers. There’s the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. The opportunity is right there in the material. We’d rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page.”
Trank went on to discuss Michael B. Jordan’s casting »
- Gary Collinson
Fantastic Four: Four new Fantastic Four stills reflect the less "cartoonish" look established by director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who described the tone as that of a "dark Amblin movie." Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell star; the movie is due in theaters on August 7. [Empire] The House: Will Ferrell will star in The House, written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. Cohen is set to direct; the writing duo penned last year's rowdy comedy hit Neighbors. Ferrell, who will also produce, will play a man who loses his daughter's college fund; he and his wife then must team up with their neighbors "to start an illegal casino in their basement to earn back the cash." Production is tentatively...
- Peter Martin
The Fantastic Four reboot has split opinions (even though it's still months away from being released), with some fans excited to see Chronicle director Josh Trank's new take on the property and others wishing Marvel had the rights back already. When Empire Magazine caught up with the filmmaker recently, he had this to say about how his version of Marvel's First Family will differ to both the last attempt and other unnamed recent releases. "The original two films to me are very similar to a lot of recent movies that have come out, in terms of that kind of cartoonish. It's just not something that me and Simon are interested in as storytellers." In fact, anyone expecting an action packed movie along the lines of The Avengers might be disappointed with Fantastic Four, as Trank has a very different interpretation of their adventures it seems. "There's the opportunity to »
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