Practically no one knew who Josh Trank was a year ago. That changed in a big way when he brought the world "Chronicle", a small-budget film that quickly impressed audiences everywhere. The film was a fresh and unique approach to found-footage and superhero films, and put Trank on the map as a new director to watch.
When word first hit that Trank was going to be tackling the "Fantastic Four" reboot, that definitely got the attention of fans. After all, those who like the "Fantastic Four" comic book characters, will quickly say that it won't take much to be better than the 2005 version, starring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans.
Mark Millar, creative consultant on all Marvel movies for Fox, feels confident that Trank is going to do a stellar job with the "Fantastic Four" reboot. He states, "From what I’ve seen and from talking to him – he and I have had dinner a couple of times and we talk quite regularly as well – he’s contemporarising it," said Millar. "I think he’s just making it work for the screen – he’s a great storyteller."
Millar goes on to explain the similarities between Trank's "Chronicle" and the upcoming reboot, "CHRONICLE, if you think about it, was similar to Fantastic Four in that it was a bunch of people who were transformed into something more than human – that turned out almost his calling card to come and do something like FANTASTIC FOUR."
Millar seems to have great confidence is the direction and tone of the film that Trank is shaping. Millar explains, "What I wasn’t expecting actually was just how funny and likeable he could make this as well as getting the more awesome moments on screen – I use awesome in the traditional British sense and not the California sense awesome, you know? The Ridley Scott moments, and the Fantastic Four really are jaw-dropping in the same way you feel when you saw Alien for the first time. There’s some moments in this – not to be specific – that are actually gonna be phenomenal on screen and stuff you haven’t seen in a superhero movie before."
I've been really looking forward to the next Trank-directed film, since I thoroughly enjoyed "Chronicle" earlier this year. Millar has more than proven that he knows comics and how to present them as seen in"Kick-Ass" and "Wanted". So if he believes this reboot is in good shape, the optimist in me would like to believe it, too.
"The Fantastic Four" is slated to release in AMC Theatres on March 6th 2015.
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