Josh Trank on why we haven’t heard much from the Fantastic Four reboot

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We saw some concept designs for the Fantastic Four reboot suits including one for Michael B Jordan’s Johnny Storm and Miles Teller’s Reed Richard. These may or may not be the final versions, but they are interesting to look at, since we haven’t been able to see any official stills or trailers for the upcoming film…until now.

Collider has the scoop on the first official still on the film’s set and also a lengthy interview with director Josh Trank and producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg. We get to know many things including the secrecy of the project, why Trank hasn’t been hyping the film up, why the film’s different from the other superhero films, and the Fantastic Four film being heavily inspired by the Ultimate comic book version.

With not a lot of information coming out of the film, many fans are expecting the worst. Is it in trouble? Has Trank been a naughty boy on set? A geek’s mind is a frightening place. Trank knows this, but he isn’t easily persuaded by the Internet crowd.

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“You can’t just leak an image to strike up a conversation,” Trank said. “You want people to see something that has thought behind it. And the teaser should do just that. With conversations online, you can’t really control it. In this day and age people have come to expect that artists are going to give everybody information on Twitter about what they’re doing, but not every artist is like that. I’m not really like that. If I was painting a picture I wouldn’t want to take a picture of a single paint stroke. I’d rather show people what it looks like when it’s done.”

Trank then explains why we haven’t seen a trailer yet, and why he hasn’t revealed too much about the film.

“I prefer to wait. Simon and I have talked about this a lot because Simon has worked on a lot of movies where people are talking about it, and you have to be patient about these things. Personally, there are moments when I look and think, ‘ah what are they saying? I should say something!’ But no, because it will just be so much better to see how everyone reacts to the material. I don’t want to speak for the material, I want the material to speak for itself.”

Kinberg explains why the film is unique from all the other superhero movies out there.

“One thing that’s unique to it is that it’s always been about a family.  Most comic book superhero movies are about a superhero protagonist or a superhero group.  But they’re ever really exploring what it is to be family.  And when I first read the comic that’s what was so compelling about it.  I think the reason it’s endured this long, the powers are great, but the defining thing is the surrogate family.  That’s something we really spent a long time talking about and putting into the film.  I think that will differentiate us as well from all of the different superheroes and superhero groups out there.”

Kinberg goes on to reveal that the film will be inspired by the Ultimate version of the Fantastic Four.

“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 ’60s all the way up into the present day. I’ve done it both ways from adapting a specific storyline like Days of Future Past or jumping off like in First Class and using more of the mythology of the characters without necessarily adhering to an existing plot line. This is an origin story in many regards and it is inspired by The Ultimate Fantastic Four as much as anything else.”

We all know that Marvel Studios did something big by creating different heroes in the same universe. Warner Bros is definitely inspired by this, and Kinberg has revealed that he too has been inspired by it.

“I will say only that we are all very inspired by what Marvel has done. If there’s a way to have different communications between these universes that would be great, but we are focused on making each of these movies the best movie they can be. It’s tricky. 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.”

Other interesting info includes Philip Glass and Marco Beltram composing the score, the additional shoots weren’t for major scenes, and the film likely being between 2 hours and 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Go check out Collider for the full interview.

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