The production of Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" has been watched very closely, as fans are hoping their beloved property is finally done justice, so we can forget the awful original films. The casting up to this point has been a bit controversial but Trank made an incredible film with "Chronicle", so most are still trying to keep optimism high.
It doesn't hurt that renowned writer and producer Simon Kinberg is a part of the production. Our friends over at Collider recently found out some more details on the project from him and they definitely have our attention. Kinberg discussed the first few days of filming:
"The energy on set is great. Josh Trank is fantastic on set. Really in command, really clear, and the thing that is most unique or defining about the new Fantastic Four is the tone. We’re approaching it in a much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science-fiction way. The playfulness or goofiness of those other movies is very, very different from what we’re trying to do, and that is true for the production design, the casting, the storytelling. But you never know until you get on set how it’s all gonna start to feel, and just seeing those actors and seeing Josh, the way he’s articulating the tone and the way the actors are executing it gives me a lot of confidence that we’ll actually be able to make a cool Fantastic Four movie."
This generation finds 3D a bit more gimmicky than they did in the past. Especially when it comes to post-conversion and not natively filming it that way. The depth achieved in such films as "Avatar" can be felt when it's done the right way. But most post-conversion 3D feels just like an attempt to increase ticket sales. As expected with most blockbusters these days, this film will indeed be in 3D. Kinberg elaborated on the intention behind it:
"We’re definitely imagining the story in 3D as we’re making it, and it has powers that are well-suited to telling the story in 3D—not just Reed, but you have somebody that is on fire, and that’s something that can be immersive and scary. The reason to use 3D in this Fantastic Four, I think, is to make the experience feel as immersive as possible, where you feel like you’re with the characters looking at themselves and looking at each other with these bizarre powers and feeling like they’re really interacting with you."
Before Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Toby Kebbell were locked in to star, many were a bit skeptical because of the numerous rewrites being done to the script. It made it seem like they didn't have a clear direction of where to go, or the right players behind it. Bringing in Kinberg was definitely a good move. He was asked how much the story and general premise had changed from the beginning to the final stages:
"I think everyone was on the same page about the approach to the story in terms of wanting it to feel like it had the tone that Josh was very clear about, which is real, grounded, dramatic. How we executed that changed as everything changes when you’re revising and rewriting a script, and I think in some ways I caught up to Josh’s tone. He had such a clear idea for what the tone of the movie was gonna be, and I learned it and then executed it on the page. I think we all were very committed to this version of Fantastic Four, the specifics of how the story evolved and stuff like that was like it is on any normal movie."
Overall, we learned some new tidbits about the upcoming production and hopefully some of our worry has been alleviated. Trank is undoubtedly a solid director, they locked some great actors and Kinberg has more than proven he is a force to be reckoned with, so hopefully all the elements together form an amazing whole.
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"Fantastic Four" will hit AMC Theatres on June 19th, 2015
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