'Fantastic Four' Reboot Writer Describes Film As a Coming of Age Story

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Continuing the current trend, 2015 will bring plenty of sequels, reboots and superhero movies occupying big box office slots, and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four ticks two of those boxes. Starring an eclectic cast that includes Miles Teller (Footloose) as Reed Richards, Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Ben Grimm, Kate Mara (Transcendence) as Sue Storm and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm, the Fantastic Four reboot was penned by Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who has another high-profile superhero movie out this year.

Kinberg was in attendance at WonderCon over the weekend to promote the imminent release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and described the nature of his Fantastic Four script and Trank's intended approach as "grounded, gritty, [and] realistic" - being somewhere between Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and Trank's breakout hit Chronicle in terms of tone.

Now that all four cast members have been announced it's clear that the Fantastic Four reboot will portray them as being much younger than they were in the last two movies. As in the Ultimate Fantastic Four universe, the origin story will take place when Reed, Ben, Sue and Johnny are all college-aged (which might be where the Spider-Man comparison comes from). Speaking to Den of Geek, Kinberg explained that the Fantastic Four aren't quite finished growing up when the movie begins.

"We’re definitely telling a younger story that the original films did. 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. They’re older than high school, but they’re not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story."

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Kinberg also confirmed that filming on Fantastic Four is set to begin filming in Louisiana in two weeks, though he remained cagey when asked about specific plot details - such as how the team will end up obtaining their powers. With the Fantastic Four being so young the idea of them being sent out into space and bombarded with cosmic rays seems somewhat less plausible (even with plausibility adjusted for a comic book movie), and doesn't quite fit with the idea of a grounded and realistic retelling.

Kinberg did drop one significant hint about their re-imagined origins:

"There is archetypal imagery of how they get their powers, for sure, and it does involve some sort of scientific travel."

If not space travel, then perhaps inter-dimensional travel or teleportation? The latter seems more likely given the existing indications that the Fantastic Four reboot will draw on the Ultimate Universe for inspiration, since the Ultimate Fantastic Four acquire their powers after being caught in a malfunctioning teleportation experiment.


Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19, 2015.

Source: Den of Geek

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