New ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Photos

The release of director Josh Trank‘s (Chronicle) reboot Fantastic Four film is fast approaching (for better or worse), so 20th Century Fox has fed some new photos to Empire magazine.

That’s Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell as Marvel Comics’ first family.

Trank tells Empire:

There’s the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. The opportunity is right there in the material. We’d rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page.

Writer / producer Simon Kinberg said, “There was an Amblin-style approach to the characterization, and to contextualizing everything in a real world.”

That seems to imply “Amblin” storytelling is somehow grim-n-gritty? Is this Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment, or something different? Is “Amblin” a British term that I’m unfamiliar with?

As far as I’m concerned, Chronicle was Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, and it was really well-done, so why he would even take this job is beyond me. Unless he felt he was on a mission to completely deconstruct the superhero movie?

The new Fantastic Four hits theaters Aug. 7.

Disney Loops in Rian Johnson for ‘Star Wars’ Sequels

rianjohnsonCelebrated indie director Rian Johnson – known for his time-travel action film Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as well as Brick – has been chosen by Disney to direct the next two Star Wars sequels, Episode XIII and IX. He will also script XIII and write at least a treatment for Episode IX if not the actual screenplay.

This move reinforces the trend of choosing bright young directors on the rise to rebuild Lucasfilm’s franchise, such as the previously announced Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four), who will oversee so far unspecified spin-off movies.

Fantastic Four Reboot Casts Its Doctor Doom

kebbelldoomThe role of the villain, Victor Von Doom — better known by his nom de guerre, Dr. Doom — in Josh Trank‘s reboot of its Fantastic Four franchise has been filled by British actor Toby Kebbell.

Who?

Kebbel is not related to Arielle Kebbel — nor is he a household name in the USA, but he has been in some high-profile films, including 2012’s Greek mythology dud Wrath of the Titans, the video game-inspired Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the live-action Nicolas Cage vehicle The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Guy Ritchie‘s RocknRolla. He is also in the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Kebbell joins the rest of the cast: Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman; Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch; and Jamie Bell as the Thing, in the superhero movie, which opens June 19, 2015.

FF Director Denies Jordan Casting and a Female Dr. Doom

mbjahEverybody can relax now: That report from The Hollywood Reporter that the long-rumored Fantastic Four reboot movie will change the gender of arch villain Dr. Doom to female has been squashed at the highest level — director Josh Trank himself.

Trank (Chronicle) took to Twitter to put down the rumor rather succinctly:

“The THR gender speculation is also bullshit. Next.”

Trank went on to deny that Michael B. Jordan has already been cast as the Human Torch and he also insisted that the leaked synopsis of the film featuring a new origin story was also false.
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