'Fantastic Four' Writer Says Reboot Will Explore 'Coming of Age' and Origin Story
While the plot of "The Fantastic Four" is still under wraps, Simon Kinberg has given hints at what to expect from this upcoming reboot. "We're definitely telling a younger story that the original films did," the screenwriter spilled in a new interview with Den of Geek.
"They're older than high school, but they're not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is," he went on.
Of the burning question whether or not the film would include the mission to outer space that exposed the four pals to cosmic rays and turned them into superheroes, the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" scribe said, "There is archetypal imagery of how they get their powers, for sure, and it does involve some sort of scientific travel."
In a separate chat with Crave Online, he added, "It's a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies. If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between 'Spider-Man' and 'Chronicle'. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man."
"Raimi Spider-Man, yeah, not Amazing Spider-Man," he clarified. "Josh Trank's instincts are to be as realistic and grounded and real with this stuff as possible. In many ways I would say it's definitely more of a drama than comedy."
"It's still in the direction of Spider-Man. It's not like [The] Dark Knight. And even Chronicle has a lot of fun in it. We're treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you'd have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent but in this one we tried to ground the science as much as possible and make it feel like it could take place in our world before it cantilevers into other worlds."
The reboot will star Miles Teller as Reed Richards a.k.a. the rubber man, Kate Mara as Sue Storm or Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as her brother, Johnny Storm or Human Torch, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm or The Thing. Toby Kebbell will play Dr. Doom. It will open June 19, 2015 in the U.S., followed by a sequel on July 14, 2017.
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