Simon Kinberg made [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) and the Fantastic Four (2014), wrote Mr. & Mrs. Smith! His résumé is impressive!
He spoke with the Daily Beast about his next superhero movie, [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667)! Some of these questions and answers really stuck out for me. Where [Simon] Kinberg talks about the humor in this new film and how it won't be so forced and over-the-top goofy like the originals. He also gets into talking about their decision for picking Michael B. Jordan as the new Johnny Storm!
Simon Kinberg's Q & A with The Daily Beast:
You’re in the midst of shooting The Fantastic Four reboot now. I gotta say… the original films were very bad.
[Laughs] It’s a double-edged sword because you don’t have people saying, “Why are you rebooting something good?” and you also have people saying, “Why bother?” The core fans were not wild about the original movies, and nor was I. Last summer, Emma Watts at Fox called me on the set of Days of Future Past and said, “We really want to do a new Fantastic Four.” I said to her, “I’m interested but it depends how you want to do it.” She said, “Talk to Josh Trank.” We were shooting the Washington D.C. finale sequence in Days of Future Past and I talked to Josh, and he had such a clear vision of what he wanted to do with the film that was so different from the other movies—it was grounded, real, gritty, and what it would really be like if you went through a transformation and lost control of your body. That, coupled with him wanting it to be a coming-of-age movie, felt fresh to me.
What’s the tone going to be? The first Fantastic films were very slapstick and stupid.
The tone of this movie will feel as unique as when you saw Iron Man, X-Men, or Batman Begins for the first time. It’s not as goofy as the first movies; it has humor in it, but the humor is much more real and comes from character, not pratfall jokes. It’s a much more dramatic film than it is a comedy. I would say it falls somewhere between Raimi’s first couple of Spider-Man movies and Chronicle.
I was just speaking with Jamie Foxx about how there’s really no reason why you can’t make superheroes be a different ethnicity—like you did in Fantastic Four, casting Michael B. Jordan, a black actor, as The Human Torch. It seems like we’ve come a long way since the first Fantastic Four films, when they basically made Jessica Alba white… which was crazy.
[Laughs] Yeah, the way we went about casting Fantastic Four was, “Who is the best actor for the part?” We didn’t go into it saying we wanted to cast a particular race for any part. Josh had worked with Michael on Chronicle and I’m a big fan of Michael’s, so we knew he was the best actor for that part. We knew casting an African-American Human Torch would be news, but I can tell you it’s something that Stan Lee loves, and I can also tell you that having been on set and seeing Michael bring him to life, he’s really spectacular. He’s doing something really cool with the character that I think will become the iconic Johnny Storm.
Hmm. No forced jokes?! What a concept! Something a little more fresh and similar to other modern superhero movies? I like this idea! The main reason why I'm so comfortable with this movie is because of the differences from the originals to the upcoming reboot. I don't want to expect the same thing if it's going to be a total reboot and overhaul. It really sounds like they have their heads in the right place and it's only the Internet that keeps creating negative rumors about the film! And I'm glad because their story so deserves a good movie!
Can we see some concept art or set photos next, please?! Don't make us beg!
(Source: The Daily Beast)