2015 is so packed with big movies, getting any one to stand out is important. Films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and Terminator Genisys have all released information and a photo or two to whet the fan appetites. Even Star Wars Episode VII put out very cryptic videos teasing returning vehicles and characters. The one film that has yet to release any images, and has so far avoided all conventions and other public appearances, is Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four. It’s currently the most mysterious blockbuster of 2015.
The lack of early promotion has been quite a point of contention online. Some love being in the dark about a movie. It’s a breath of fresh air in today’s mainstream film culture. For others, the lack of awareness is worrisome. More than almost any of the other films mentioned, Fantastic Four has been under a microscope and some kind of information for fans would help to drive the conversation and alleviate worries.
As fans continue to debate the timing of Fantastic Four images or footage, it will eventually happen. We’ll get a reveal of the suits, a poster, some images, then eventually a trailer and more leading up to the film’s release on August 7, 2015.
The film’s producer and writer, Simon Kinberg, is aware of this debate and in a new interview explained why there’s been a hesitance to reveal anything from the film too early. Read his Fantastic Four reboot quotes below. Read More »
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With Josh Trank kind of busy for the next several years, his adaptation of the Sony game Shadow of the Colossus needed a new director. Sony has found one in Andy Muschietti, the director of Mama, who had recently been attached to The Mummy reboot. (Among other things.)
Russ described the game as follows back when the film first went into development: “[It] features a young male protagonist who is told that his dead love can be revived if only he kills a collection of giant beasts that reside across the countryside. He does so without question, and the player is left to eventually wonder if the kid is being played. Visually austere yet stunning, the game was a critical hit and has endured as one of the masterpieces of the PlayStation 2 generation.” Read more about the Shadow of the Colossus movie below.
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Today in Star Wars Bits, we take a look at:
- Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo clarifies his Comic Con “no flashbacks” comment.
- Were all the recent Episode 7 rumors fake and actually passed off from the Dark Horse comic book series Star Wars: Legacy?
- Star Wars spin-off director Gareth Edwards accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge in the LucasFilm Yoda fountain.
- Harrison Ford more active after leg injury
- Read the rumored plot synopsis for Christie Golden‘s upcoming Star Wars novel featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos
- The special features included in the Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion DVD/Blu-ray
- The trailer and release of the Star Wars: Commander iOS game.
- Also: The above three posters were fan created, by AndrewSS7.
All this and more, after the jump.
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For a massive superhero reboot, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four had one of the quietest shoots in recent memory. Sure a few photos of the stars leaked here and there, and maybe even a glimpse of the Thing, but for the most part nothing has been spoiled by the press or paparazzi during filming. Which, these days, is a rarity.
So it’s exciting when one of the film’s stars, Kate Mara (who plays the Invisible Woman), jumps on Twitter not only to announce the film is finished, but post a photo of herself with her three co-stars: Mr. Fantastic played by Miles Teller, the Human Torch played by Michael B. Jordan and The Thing played by Jamie Bell.
They’re all in street clothes unfortunately, so no reveal of the Fantastic Four costumes just yet, but it’s a great shot none the less. Check out the Fantastic Four cast photo below. Read More »
The whole backstory of the Star Wars spinoff films is a little nutty. We know there are mysterious spin-off films that’ll be released between the regular saga episodes. At the beginning of the development process, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were announced as the writers. As speculation grew on what those films would entail (Han Solo? Boba Fett? Yoda?), one executive referred to them as origin stories. Then, out of nowhere, director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta were hired to write and direct the first spinoff for 2016 release. Star Wars fans wondered what had happened to those other two movies.
Things came slightly more into focus a few months later when Josh Trank (Chronicle) was hired for what’s likely to be the second spin-off movie. At the same time that announcement happened, Trank was in Louisiana directing Fantastic Four, which is written by Simon Kinberg. It seemed likely that these two events could be linked.
When I had the chance to talk to Simon Kinberg about Star Wars, I also asked him about the situation. He obviously couldn’t give even a hint of what the Star Wars spin-offs are about, but he did say he helped push Lucasfilm to hire Trank. He also cryptically teased they would work together again in the future. Read the Simon Kinberg Josh Trank Star Wars quotes below. Read More »
Director Josh Trank and the Fantastic Four have been quietly filming their big Marvel movie in Louisiana for the past few months. I say “quietly” for two reasons. One, we haven’t seen a lot of set photos of the stars in costume or anything. And two, co-star Michael B. Jordan agrees. In a new interview with MTV, the actor talked about filming the movie as being in “our own world.” He also talked about how Trank is changing the movie on the fly and that it’s less about superheroes and more about people learning to live with their disabilities.
As for that quiet, it’s probably going to end next week. The new Entertainment Weekly strongly suggests the full Fantastic Four cast will be at Comic-Con. Below, read the Michael B Jordan Fantastic Four quotes. Read More »
Josh Trank is best known for directing the sort-of-superhero film Chronicle — or that’s what he has been best known for. He’s also about to direct The Fantastic Four, and after that will make a Star Wars spin-off film. And so now is a good time to revisit his first short film, Stabbing at Leia’s. As the title implies, there’s a Star Wars connection here.
The short went online in 2007, years before Chronicle. I’ve heard that this film helped Trank land the Chronicle directing gig with Fox, and it’s easy to see why. There are a lot of similar ideas at play here in this short, shaky account of a party fight that features some unearthly technology. Think of the show Cops, but in the Star Wars universe. Watch the short below. Read More »
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Another Star Wars director has been revealed. Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle and the now-filming Fantastic Four, has signed to direct a Star Wars standalone film. Read the press release below.
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