For a very long time, Chronicle director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot was a mystery. Starring Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan (The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (The Thing) with a script from X-Men: Days Of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg, there was really no reason to doubt its potential.
That wasn’t how comic book fans felt though, and despite there not being a single official image from the movie online, it was written off as being a terrible movie. This opinion probably wasn’t helped by the vague and strange sounding details that the reboot’s cast kept dropping in interviews, and 20th Century Fox’s decision to keep the movie under wraps appeared to be backfiring on them. That changed when the trailer dropped.
The first look at the reboot blew fans away; it just looked so much better than expected. »
- Josh Wilding
Plot details of the “Star Wars” spinoff are unknown.
It opens nationwide Dec. 16, 2016.
It’s unclear how both films will play into the seventh chapter “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens Dec. 18 of this year. Speculation has the films focusing on the early days of original characters Princess Leia and Han Solo.
The J.J. Abrams-directed “Force Awakens, »
- Justin Kroll
We now have actuals from most of the studios for the international weekend. Among the biggest fluctuations reported were Penguins Of Madagascar, which landed $2M higher than projected on Sunday; American Sniper clocking an extra $1M; and Jennifer Lopez’s The Boy Next Door knocking upwards by 11% to $777K in nine markets. Figures for the Super Bowl frame have been updated below on those, along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Taken 3, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, The Theory Of Everything, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Big Hero 6, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Birdman, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Seventh Son, Blackhat, Project Almanac, Wild, Ouija, Let’s Be Cops, Ex Machina, The Water Diviner The Gambler and Boyhood.
Jupiter Ascending descends upon the world next weekend and Mockingjay Part 1 wings into China.
2Nd Update, 7:45 Pm Pt: It was »
- Nancy Tartaglione
I hope that you all enjoyed the Super Bowl dear readers! For all you football fans, whether you supported the Patriots or the Seahawks, I hope you enjoyed the game. Personally, I’m just wait to see all the movie spots that are shown during the game. In the meantime, this week’s belated installment of Trailer Trashin’ is our third Marvel Comics adaptation in a row, with the first trailer for the upcoming August release Fantastic Four.
Premise: After four people – Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Susan Storm (Kate Mara), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) – are teleported to an alternate universe, which alters their physical forms and grants them superhuman abilities, they must learn to harness their new powers and work together as a team to save the Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
My take: For quite a while now, there’s been »
- Timothy Monforton
Last week, we were surprised by the arrival of the teaser trailer for Fantastic Four, the comic book franchise reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank. Many people pointed out the similarities in the style and tone of the teaser trailer with that of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. And since this is the internet, someone decided to take some of the voiceover from Matthew McConaughey from the trailers for Interstellar, and use them over footage from Fantastic Four. It's actually a pretty damn great edit that works better than the real teaser trailer for the comic book movie and makes it feel much more powerful. Watch! Here's the Fantastic Four trailer mashed up with Interstellar from GunsAndJR (via Live for Films): You can still watch the real teaser trailer for Fantastic Four right here. Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past »
- Ethan Anderton
At long last and on bated breath, this week 20th Century Fox finally gave audiences their first look at Fantastic Four, the franchise reboot directed by Chronicle's Josh Trank. Many people, including comic book fans, seem to agree that while the film doesn't look like it'll be the most faithful comic book adaptation out there, it still looks extremely interesting. One thing in particular stood out in an interview Trank conducted with Collider. When asked what would make his superhero film different in a market that seems to be crowded with them, Trank answered very honestly, and in a way that many likely didn't expect. He said, "...I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how...
- Chris Clow
Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”) is directing the movie, which is a Canadian co-production that features the involvement of Montreal-based company Max Films. Production is scheduled to begin in mid-March as soon as Maslany wraps “Orphan Black.”
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Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and »
- Jeff Sneider
Here's confirmation of something that had been widely assumed, but not inked in until this stage: Disney will be releasing the continuing Episodes of the Star Wars saga on an every other year basis.
This year, of course, we get Jj Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which stands as Episode VII in the Star Wars saga. Disney CEO Bob Iger has now confirmed in his shareholder's report that Star Wars: Episode VIII will arrive in 2017, and "we'll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019".
Note his use there of the words "this trilogy". It would hardly be the biggest leap of logic to suggest that Disney and Lucasfilm will then get cracking on the next one once this one is done.
Now that we’ve seen the trailer for The Fantastic Four, it’s time to start the frame by frame analysis to see if there are any hidden gems tucked away. Director Josh Trank had already announced that there was an Easter Egg waiting to be found, and it looks like Yahoo! Movie News were the first to get there.
During one of the shots of Kate Mara in the Baxter Building, there is a sequence on numbers on the corner screen that read 188.8.131.52, which is obviously an IP address. If you plug that into your browser, you will be linked to either a Wikipedia entry, a Comic Vine page, a Marvel Wiki entry or a Google image search results page. But they all point to the same thing.
Latveria – the home of Doctor Doom in the comics.
There were rumours from a “20th Century Fox employee” who claimed that »
- Gary Collinson
Before we even leave the driveway with this review, let’s establish a few things. I saw trailer for Project Almanac late last year, around autumn, and was utterly appalled by how vapid the film looked. A found footage film about a group of high school teens who make a fantastic discovery that changes their life for the better but then for the worse? I mean, the plot synopsis itself isn’t that distinctive but by pairing it with the found footage aesthetic, Project Almanac was doomed to be compared to the surprise hit Chronicle and the trailer did it no favors by following the exact same beats as the Chronicle trailer did. Worse, the time travel plot was so clearly going down the same route as The Butterfly Effect, I would’ve bet a c-note on it. I had zero interest in the film and so, when I went in to see it, »
- Chris Melkus
The found footage genre is a peculiar one. It rests its laurels on building realism through the urgency and immediacy of the filmed footage. However, quite often, the characters in these films go to such extreme lengths to shoot this footage that one wonders why they are committing to capturing so much extraneous material. Every so often, a genre film will use the recordings in a chilling or original way. However, much of the time, having a character record all of the events on a video camera comes off as a contrived gimmick. The only way a film of this sort can be successful is if the story would not have worked as effectively with a regular, multi-camera staging.
The biggest problem with Project Almanac, a new sci-fi drama aimed at teens, is how rarely its writers convince us that the story should be told through the immediate presence of a video camera. »
- Jordan Adler
The Flickering Myth staff react…
Well, it’s finally here. Despite some theories that this was going to be another Roger Corman attempt to keep hold of the franchise rights and nothing else, it seems as though Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four (or is that Fant4stic?) is very real. So, what did the writing and editorial staff of Flickering Myth make of it?
Chris Cooper: At no point have I understood the hate for this project. Okay, maybe the possible Dr Doom origin story. Anyway…the trailer looks good! I was a fan of both Evans and Chiklis but what I see here looks cool. The trailer did exactly what it needed to do: Make me interested.
Manny Camacho: I’m completely unimpressed. It looks to distract with visuals and still seemingly lacks a cohesive story that will aide in bridging the ridiculous casting choices. The teaser reminded »
- Gary Collinson
The Flickering Myth calls for four, Fantastic Four…
On today’s episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen and Scott Davis sit down to give their thoughts on the trailer for The Fantastic Four (which you can watch here). They also talk about the movie’s lack of marketing, how it will compare to previous Fantastic Four movies and whether or not it looks like “Interstellar with super powers”.
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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 »
- Gary Collinson
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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 new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
The Fantastic Four is set for release on August 7th with Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing a cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (American Horror Story) as the Invisible Woman, Michael B. »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome To Issue 80!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
This Week: How are we feeling about Fantastic Four now that we've seen it? And on Agent Carter, are they about to reveal Black Widow's origin story?
Yesterday we were graced with our first look at Josh Trank’s version of Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox. Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and a sometimes rocky Jamie Bell debuted with Chronicle color correction to show off some scientific looking stuff, a rock breaking apart, the Negative Zone and a beam of blue light shooting up into the air. There was also a lengthy Collider interview with Trank and Simon Kinberg where they talked about how this version of the story honors Ff history from Kirby to The Ultimate Universe iteration in the comics. »
A group of high-school kids find a prototype time machine in their basement, and use it to tweak events gone by. What could possibly go wrong?
In Hollywood, there’s the myth of the elevator pitch. A writer or producer corners a studio exec in a lift and wallops him with an idea so succinct and so perfect they’ve inked a deal before the doors reopen. I bet Project Almanac sold before they passed the mezzanine. “Well, Mr Paramount Pictures, my idea is: Chronicle meets a time machine. Yes, I’ll take a cheque.”
Chronicle, if your memory of recent teen-centric sci-fi fare is rusty, was a 2012 “found footage” movie about three kids who develop superhero powers. It had some added twists, such as good special effects, better-than-expected performances from then-lesser knowns like Dane DeHaan and Michael B Jordan, and the slow realisation it was a supervillain’s origin story. »
- Jordan Hoffman
The movie everyone already hates finally had its trailer released yesterday, and I have to say I am enjoying what I am seeing. First, I should state that I am actually looking forward to this reboot. I know many have had issues with casting choices, potential script elements, and updates to characters—but I see a lot of those outcries as knee jerk overreactions. I understand that as fans we take ownership of the properties we enjoy. We take issue when people come in and start changing things from what we already know. It does not help when the people behind those changes are Fox who nearly destroyed the X-Men movie franchise with X-Men 3: The Last Stand and Wolverine: Origins. Not to mention the last time they made a Fantastic Four movie they took one of Marvel’s all-time greatest cosmic characters and made him into a giant cloud. »
- Dan Clark
You've heard of DVD/Blu-ray director's commentary for feature films; how about for a trailer? A teaser trailer, to be specific. Well, that's what the "Fantastic Four" reboot director, Josh Trank, has done here, accompanied by writer Simon Kinberg, giving you an inside look at the teaser trailer that dropped yesterday. The 20th Century Fox project stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. Fyi, Trank previously directed Michael B. Jordan in 2013's surprise hit "Chronicle," a kind of superhero origins story that was very much grounded in reality - something that we've heard this "Fantastic »
- Tambay A. Obenson
We’ve known about the Fantastic Four reboot for quite some time, but that hasn’t stopped it being a mysterious project which, until this week, we knew next to nothing about.
We knew that the cast, director and groundwork of the original 2005 film, and its 2007 sequel Rise Of The Silver Surfer, had been firmly thrown out in favour of a new visual look, some reimagining of the source material and an altogether more modern take on the Marvel comics property. Beyond that, many facets of the film remained a mystery.
Yet the reveal of the new trailer finally gave us a few more specifics. And here's what we know so far...
The behind the scenes team
Even these basic facts are a little complicated. While the question »
The first teaser trailer for the Fantastic Four reboot has arrived! The superhero movie stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell as the titular quartet and is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle). Yesterday Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg broke their long silence about the movie, revealing a few unexpected details to Collider. The most surprising of the bunch? Trank's biggest influence on the way he made Fantastic Four wasn't a comic line or another brand of superhero movie, it was the dense, difficult sci-fi of director David Cronenberg. "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. I’m a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic...
- Christopher Campbell
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