Mark Millar Promises Big Things From Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

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Twentieth Century Fox lost the film rights to Daredevil only a few months ago, yet even with the loss of that potential franchise, they have a Marvel film in production set for release in each of the next three years. Hugh Jackman returns next summer as the X-Men poster boy in The Wolverine, returning again the following year in X-Men: Days of Future Past. After that ambitious project which aims to tie together the entire X-franchise, Josh Trank (Chronicle) will debut the reboot to Fantastic Four.

With an official March 2015 release date set, Trank has been meeting with Mark Millar – Fox’s newly hired Marvel creative consultant – to discuss the direction of Fantastic Four and undoubtedly, where it fits in to the bigger franchise plans going forward.

In chatting with SciFiNow, Mark Millar promises big things from Trank’s take on the Fantastic Four.

“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. I think he’s just making it work for the screen – he’s a great storyteller.

“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.

“What I wasn’t expecting actually was just how funny and likable 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.”

Ridley Scott moments? With so many big budget superhero films coming each year, at least four from Marvel and DC alone per year over the next two-three years, every studio is marketing their post-Avengers investments as something moviegoers ‘haven’t seen in a superhero movie before.’ In fact, we just heard the same from James Mangold’s description of The Wolverine, a story he differentiates by describing it as “real story of an immortal character,” something he’s never seen before in his 10 years of following the genre.

In 2015, Fantastic Four will be up against The Avengers 2 and Ant-Man from Marvel and potentially Justice League from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, so it must strive to do something different. We loved Chronicle and how it offered a strong origin tale of unlikely superpowered teens, and we’re excited to see that creativity applied to FF without the use of found footage style of filmmaking.

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Millar’s been similarly bolstering X-Men: Days of Future Past so we’ll until we have something to actually see. What interests us is the idea that Trank and Millar are also likely talking bigger picture ideas, as we know Bryan Singer and Mark Millar are planning on broadening out Fox’s own Marvel universe, beginning with potential X-Men/Fantastic Four crossovers, something Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Wolverine) tried pitching to the studio in the past (with no response). Millar also wants Fox’s films to respect and make sense within the continuity of Marvel Studios’ films, in a way that they do not contradict each other.

If producer Lauren Shuler Donner had her way, the X-Men would even crossover with The Avengers, but one step at a time.

Fantastic Four hits theaters March 6, 2015.

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Source: SciFiNow

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  1. Mr. Fantastic: Billy Crudup

    This guys would be perfect. He’s an awesome actor and really fits the part for me.

    Invisible Woman:Yvonne Strahovski

    She’s a good actress and I feel that she could do it well.

    Human Torch: Garrett Hedlund

    I know, I know, but he is a decent actor and I think that he could pull off being the arrogant young man Johnny is. I would have rather gone with a younger actor since Johnny is still a high school student, (If I had gone with a younger actor, I would have chosen Owen Best who played the younger version of Garrett Hedlund in Tron Legacy since his is 16) I chose Garrett because I haven’t seen any better offers.

    The Thing: Michael Cudlitz

    God knows that I loved Michael Chiklis as Thing, but It would be weird if they kept him.
    This dude is a beast. I loved him in Band of Brothers and He does an excellent job in Southland. He’s got the size, the voice, and the intimidating presence of Ben Grimm.

  2. har aldrig kunne lide at se,de 2 første. Men glæder mig til den her.

  3. I don’t care who plays who. Just hire people WHO CAN ACT. Also, they need to tackle a more earthly foe in the first movie. Don’t even go into the second movie, and start tackling cosmic beings. Doom was good for the first one, but the FF cast was horrible.

  4. Millar should sell ice to Eskimos…..

  5. The Doom they wrote and casted was nothing like the comics. It was so bad it was insulting. Doom is the kind of guy who when you hear him talk you almost crap your pants. He has his own country for Chrissake. They made him into a boring, sniveling yuppie. They need to do a proper origin with him and Reed. I’m glad they’re doing a do-over but I’m not too hopeful.

    • Actually, he looks like the guy from Ultimate instead of Mainstream universe. Ultimate is a total different story. As for the names, Ultimate is Victor Van Dame, Josh Trank’s “vision” is Victor Domashev. As for origin of the character, it’s very different from the Ultimate universe.

  6. The Doom they wrote and casted was nothing like the comics. It was so bad it was insulting. Doom is the kind of guy who when you hear him talk you almost drop a crab cake in your pants. He has his own country for Pete’s sake. They made him into a boring, sniveling yuppie. They need to do a proper origin with him and Reed. I’m glad they’re doing a do-over but I’m not too hopeful.

  7. ……I just want deadpool

  8. Best super heroes ever let down by the first two films.

    That second one pinching ideas from the incredibles was so bad.

    The one great thing about those movies was Jessica Alba, can we please keep her on as Susan Storm.

    • lololol. Alba? Too funny.

  9. And please, no origin film. Lets just get into a story.

    Perhaps origins can come as small flashbacks in the second and third film.

  10. Riddley Scott moments?Alien?
    I smell The Negative Zone and Nihillus in that statement

  11. Sorry a typo,it is not Nihillus but Annihilus.

  12. I dont see why most people want all the rights back to marvel. I think that marvel should give some other properties they arent planning on usimg to other studios for a few years and get them to make a movie possibly, so then we are getting more movies in the same universe. And like millar said, he wants to have Fox’s universe tie in to the marvel movie universe. Or atleast make sense with it. How about them working together to get good quality movies out.

  13. @Rabbit, Because Fox is TOO greedy for that. Sony might make a deal butFox won’t. Marvel has already approached them on sharing. Fox has NO interest in it or it would have happened already.

  14. fantastic four reboot will pick new actor for the new fantatic four movies and galactus,silver surfer are fantastic four reboot movies and air-walker,terrax,uatu the watcher,ego the living planet doctor doom,annihilus will be in fantastic four rebbot.

  15. Then need to up the sci-fi element of the new FF films. Reed Richards is the smartest man in the Marvel Universe and the FF travel to other planets and dimensions for crissake

  16. When Mark Millar praises Trank on the FF reboot
    Is not necessarily a good thing…. Maybe it is for fans of super dark Batman, or those who love the idea of a darker Superman
    Also, the fact that they are completely disregarding source material…. I have lost a lot of hope