Simon Kinberg has revealed that sitting down in the theater to see the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot is going to feel more like watching Iron Man or Batman Begins than the original FF movies - and gently skewered the originals in the process.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Kinberg was asked about the originals - and their less than fantastic reputation:
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.
He also spoke out about the change in tone this time around - and suggested that it could be a major game-changer:
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.
Even more interestingly, he waded into the (non) debate about Michael B. Jordan playing the Human Torch:
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.
All of which makes [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667) sound all the more interesting - and make 2015 feel that little bit further away.
What do you guys think? Will The Fantastic Four match up to Nolan's Batman and Favreau's Iron Man?
via the daily beast