FAN­TAS­TIC FOUR

T hese days turn­ing

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2015 movie preview - Richard Ed­wards

Mar­vel char­ac­ters into suc­cess­ful movie stars is the prod­uct of a finely tuned ma­chine, but back in 2005 when Fox had its first, very or­di­nary crack at a Fan­tas­tic Four movie, the re­sults were rather more hit and miss. But you can’t keep a good fam­ily down, and the quar­tet is re­turn­ing in 2015 with Chron­i­cle di­rec­tor Josh Trank helm­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to screen­writer Si­mon Kin­berg ( X- Men: Days Of Fu­ture Past), next year’s re­boot will have a very dif­fer­ent tone. “The orig­i­nal book is a slightly goofier comic book and the orig­i­nals feel out­dated in some ways,” he tells SFX. “And the pre­vi­ous movies don’t have the grav­ity and cool­ness that most con­tem­po­rary comic book movies have.

“But this is not a goofy, silly Fan­tas­tic Four. It is a hu­man, grounded, re­al­is­tic, more dra­matic but still joy­ful Fan­tas­tic Four. I think su­per­hero movies de­fine them­selves by their tone, more even than by the character, be­cause there’s like three or four guys who can fly. Bryan Singer de­fined a new tone with X- Men. Christo­pher Nolan found a dif­fer­ent tone with Bat­man. Jon Favreau de­fined a dif­fer­ent tone with Iron Man that be­came the tone of all the Mar­vel movies. I think that Josh is defin­ing a new dif­fer­ent tone with this Fan­tas­tic Four, some­thing in the spec­trum of Raimi’s first Spi­der- Man movie. It has that kind of joy, com­ing of age en­ergy, but it has re­al­ity and the grav­ity of some­thing like

Chron­i­cle.”

RE­LEASED

6 au­gust

DI­REC­TOR

Josh Trank

STARS Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jor­dan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell

THE PITCH The old story about a stretchy man, an in­vis­i­ble woman, a walk­ing cig­a­rette lighter and the ul­ti­mate rock star gets a

re­boot.

Kate Mara, soon to be sig­nif­i­cantly less vis­i­ble.

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