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The Fantastic Four First BTS Images Revealed & In-Depth Talk From Josh Trank

Yo yo people of the internet, time for some very important film news that comes in the form of images and an interview from the Fantastic Four reboot. The following info comes from ComicBookMovie:

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While there’s been secrecy and a lack of promotion for this year’s reboot of Marvel’s First Family, Collider has exclusively revealed two of the first official production images from The Fantastic Four, as well as an extended interview with director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg. The former filmmaker features in one of the behind-the-scenes images, while the other features the latter on-set alongside actor Michael B. Jordan, aka Johnny Storm, who appears to be suited up in his Human Torch suit. The interview is quite lengthy, but Collider has provided some highlights which include Trank saying that they “consciously decided to not release anything official” until now, the story is essentially “a modern telling of how these four iconic characters came together and came to be,” Philip Glass and Marco Beltrami are scoring the film, recent additional photography was nothing major, and “the original shoot was seventy-two days and they were on-schedule and on-budget.” Regarding influences on The Fantastic Four, Josh Trank further explains that Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg and his films, Scanners & The Fly, are big influences for the look of the reboot, while there are also “influences of what Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were doing in the 60’s all the way up into the present day,” plus “The Ultimates was also an influence and a lot of the science specifics are there.” Trank and Kinberg also reveal that they are very influenced by Marvel Studios’ shared universe even though “it’s tricky to combine X-Men and Fantastic Four because the X-Men films don’t acknowledge the Fantastic Four and The Fantastic Four takes place in the same time period as the modern day X-Men movies.” Furthermore, Trank reveals that his first cut of the movie was “around 2 hours and 10 minutes,” but the final run time “will probably be between 2 hours and 2 hours and 20 minutes.” As for Easter eggs, producer Simon Kinberg teases that “there’s a lot in the movie and there’s one on the teaser trailer (which will be premiering in three weeks with Kingsman: The Secret Service on February 13) that people can freeze frame and try to find.” To read the interview in its entirety, make the jump to Collider.

All I can say is THANK YOU and IT IS ABOUT TIME! I can understand that you don;t want to release any old form of information or imagery without it being of the best quality, but considering how close the film is and the fact that nothing official has shown up until recently is still ridiculous. But that aside we have two behind-the-scenes images and some comments from Josh Trank. Let’s talk about that top image first which features Michael B. Jordan (everyone’s favourite black man) in a black padded suit, looks kind of cool and interesting, though if the filmmakers are actually getting rid of the blue-coloured suited and going for some generic black look then I will be disappointed. The thing that gets me most happy about this article is Trank’s comments. for the longest time, the only reason I have given this film the benefit of the doubt is because he is at the helm, Chronicle was awesome and this man knows how to direct good action and character pieces so I just hope he can make that work for the FF too. Seems like he is acknowledging the comics (which is always a good thing) and understands the complexities with crossing the X-Men and FF universes together, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens down the line if he is around to the direct the sequel. I’m not stupidly excited for this film, but I know it is going to be interesting at least. Can’t wait for that trailer to drop today so I can finally have a look this film properly.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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LATE NEWS PART 1: Josh Trank to Direct Stand-Alone Star Wars Film

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to the first part of a set of blog posts related to cool news stories that broke this week that I haven’t gotten around to talking about until now. So Firstly I’m gonna start with the biggest news in my opinion that’s related to Star Wars. The following information comes from superherohype:

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In addition to the episodes of a new “Star Wars” trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX.”

Trank states, “The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”

Trank previously directed Chronicle and is currently at work on The Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.

Last month, it was announced that Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards will direct the first “Star Wars” stand-alone movie hitting theaters on December 16, 2016.

So how do I feel about this news? Pretty intrigued to be honest. When I read this I was like “Damn, already? They got another director for new Star Wars film and it’s Josh Trank? Man those people at Disney and Lucasfilm are fact!” This announcement yesterday totally threw me off and I was not expecting it. But it is a good choice and an interesting one. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, I really loved Chronicle, Trank’s direction with that film was great and with just that one film I was so excited to see what he’d do in the future. Now he’s working on 20th Century Fox’s The Fantastic Four, a film that has me very scared, vary and but also curiously optimistic. To be honest I’d really have to see what he does with FF before I can tell whether he can handle something like a Star Wars stand-alone film. But at the same time I’d like to think he has the talent and vision necessary to tackle SW and he must be doing something right if the people at Disney and Lucasfilm want him right? Seems like they’re definitely after young talent with these newer films, let’s hope it pays off.

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Release Date Set for Fantastic Four Reboot

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Oh snap, shit’s just gone down in the world of comic book films again! Just when I thought the future couldn’t get any more interesting I then hear that the Fantastic Four will be rebooted with the director of Chronicle with a release date too! Damn! Here’s the original article from superherohype:

“Twentieth Century Fox Film has set a March 6, 2015 release for Chronicle director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. No other films are scheduled for that date yet.

Michael Green and Jeremy Slater wrote the script for the new film.

The 2005 Fantastic Four and 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer were directed by Tim Story and starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis.

In related news, Fox also announced that The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will all be 3D releases.”

While it was reported ages ago that Josh Trank was attached to this new Fantastic Four film he wasn’t letting the cat out of the bag any time soon, but now it’s official and it’s frigging awesome. Josh Trank did great in his directorial debut with Chronicle and I can instantly see the possibilities of what he could bring to this new Fantastic Four film. Of course most of us Marvel fans can recall those horrible Fantastic Four films from 2005 and 2007 which really did destroy the mythology and family connection between the main heroes, the only saving grace about those films was Chris Evans as Johnny Blaze. The Fantastic Four has needed another live action appearance for a while and in my opinion they need to be introduced to the world properly.

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Marvel and Fox can surely do better than this right?

What we could get with this new reboot is an actual story full of drama, emotion, action and cohesiveness. Also important to this reboot would be having a proper version of the Fantastic Four, a team who are a family who have to rely on each other, who obviously will have moments of conflict, but also moments of resolution too. I also hope to get a much more serious interpretation of these characters especially after all that silly humour in the previous films. Superhero films and the world of cinema has changed a great deal since 2005 and there is a great deal of source material to work with, in addition to that there’s also films to take influence from too. I hope the script is up to scratch and I pray to god that the filmmakers take a few notes from Pixar’s The Incredibles, a film that wasn’t even Marvel-related and yet did the whole “superhero team” thing a hell of a lot better when it comes to story, use of character powers, action sequences and an epic soundtrack.

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The people at 20th Century Fox and Marvel need to take notes!

Well the announcement has been made, I just hope the pre-production process goes well and we get something solid and creative that will rectify the mistakes of the past and give us something amazing. 2015 is gonna be an interesting year, The Avengers 2, Star Wars Episode VII and now the Fantastic Four reboot too. Sweet! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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My Short Chronicle Review

Howdy people of the world and welcome to another blog post, tonight’s is review-based though in a slightly different sense. Indeed it is a review on the film Chronicle that came out I think about a week ago and while I was going to do a massive written review on the film I’ve decided to do a slightly more condensed version in a written format while the video I have done on YouTube provides the majority of my descriptive thoughts on the film.

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Now it seems that every once in a while there is a film that has an interesting idea but from the outset it looks like it could go one of two ways; it could either be brilliant and an unexpected success or it could be an ugly disaster which film audiences will sweep under the carpets of their minds. That was the way I felt about Chronicle before watching it last week Sunday. Now I had seen the trailers on the internet and seen a lot of coverage on the film prior to its release via Facebook and whatnot. But I wasn’t sure whether the film would work out or not. Luckily Chronicle was a pretty damn good film and as my first film of 2012 it has set a pretty decent standard for things to come. The film had a nice and interesting story with a very dark nature to it, and I think that was the key aspect that really made it stand out from other films.

And the other main element that made Chronicle so good was its characters, the main cast members need to be given credit as Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell give us a lovely set of performances that are not only likeable but also relatable too.I liked the way they gained super powers and used in a funny and non-heroic fashion and then see where their powers took them once the darker element of the story starts to take place.The presentation of Chronicle was pretty good too, the found footage style of filming actually helped the overall style and quality of the film and the way the technique was used was very nice, the script was pretty well written, the action sequences were well-constructed and the GCI for the most part worked well in the film (though it did look a bit questionable at times breaking the realism effect that the film was going for). While the film is no game-changer in the world of science fiction or superhero films, it definitely feels fresh and more original than most films I’ve seen in recent times.

Rating: 8/10

For my full thoughts on the film check out my video review:

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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