Adding fuel to the fire over casting, the story, the relationship with Marvel Comics, and general confusion over the plans for Fantastic Four, this week saw rumors and reports painting a bleak picture for the current status of director Josh Trank's reboot of The Fantastic Four movie franchise. Exaggerated headlines claimed the film was becoming Chronicle 2 (a quasi-sequel to Trank's first hit) and wasn't what studio Twentieth Century Fox was looking for.
With seemingly frequently release date changes and a pre-announced sequel (which also had its date changed) already planned, it's not helping concerned fans that there's yet to be any marketing at all for The Fantastic Four reboot despite it finishing production six months ago. The perceived problem (it might not end up being a problem at all) was exacerbated thanks a few outlets claiming that sources inside Fox were describing the project as a "mess."
They went on to explain that reshoots are on the way because of it - even though that's a normal part of the post-production process - but now we have word from writer-producer Simon Kinberg who's attempting to let the world know thing aren't that bad. LR chatted with Kinberg, who explained the reshoots and confirmed when the first Fantastic Four trailer will release.
"To confirm - Fantastic Four will be doing 3-4 days of additional photography with director Josh Trank and some key cast members. We are very excited about the film and can't wait for you to see what we've been up to. And you will be able to do that very soon as I can confirm here that the teaser will be on Kingsman in theaters February 13."
Expect it online the day of or day before Kingsman: The Secret Service - another Fox movie - opens.
It's hard to know what to expect from Trank and the first look at his take on The Fantastic Four but we wouldn't expect to see superhero costumes that look anything like the comics. Instead, expect more of Chronicle-esque young people with powers in plain clothes. We do though expect to see the new CGI version of Ben Grimm as The Thing, given the rumors over what his character may look like in the film.
We can only recommend that skeptics reserve judgement until we actually see something. The only thing we know for sure is that Trank made one really good movie and that whatever he's up to now helped him land a Star Wars directorial job. Combine that with Fox's confidence in a sequel and eventual crossover with the X-Men franchise - and the talented cast playing the leads - and it's easy to see how The Fantastic Four just might surprise everyone.
Fantastic Four opens August 7, 2015, Deadpool on February 12, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016, Gambit is coming October 7, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 2, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.