Fantastic Four

Josh Trank hasn’t revealed much about the plotline of his new Fantastic Four reboot, which means rumor and speculation have had free rein. The latest story making the rounds is that Trank’s film will radically alter the team’s origins, doing away with the whole outer space mission thing and turning Ben and Reed into government weapons.

But it’s not true, according to Trank. The director took to Twitter today to say that the rumored synopsis wasn’t even “anything close” to the truth. Hit the jump to read all about the debunked plotline and Trank’s denials.

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Fantastic Four

With about a year and a half left until its release, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four is making some significant progress. Fox is reportedly planning to test actors for the parts of Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic and Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman by the end of the month, as Simon Kinberg turns in his rewritten script.

Among those in contention for Richards are Miles Teller, who has been fanning the flames of rumor at Sundance, while Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan are being eyed for Sue Storm. Hit the jump to see who else might make the cut.

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20th Century Fox shuffled their 2015 deck today, moving major movies from the winter to spring, spring to summer and everything in between. Here’s the rundown.

  • Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four has moved from March 6, 2015 to June 19, 2015.
  • Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service will now be released March 6, 2015, instead of November 11, 2014.
  • Michael Fassbender‘s Assassin’s Creed will be unleashed two months later, moving to August 7, 2015 from June 19, 2015.
  • Susan Cooper, Paul Feig‘s next film starring Melissa McCarthy, has been dated May 22, 2015.
  • An untitled Vince Vaughn movie, from Delivery Man director Ken Scott, will open October 24, 2014.

Read some analysis below.

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Fox Lines Up ‘Fantastic Four’ Actor Shortlists

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What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.

We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »

Fantastic Four

Considering the film has a March 2015 release date, things on the Fantastic Four front have been quiet. Apparently, a bit too quiet. 20th Century Fox has brought on Simon Kinberg to “substantially overhaul” the script on the Marvel adaptation, which will be directed by Josh Trank.

Kinberg has been part of Fox’s Marvel Universe for a while. He wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, co-wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and produced X-Men First Class. On those last two films, Kinberg also worked extensively with Matthew Vaughn, who is producing Fantastic Four. Outside of Fox, he’s a co-producer on Star Wars Episode VII and is writing a Star Wars spinoff. Read More »

Miles Teller

[UPDATE: Director Josh Trank has addressed the rumors on Twitter. Original story follows.]

The Sundance Film Festival is always good for a couple of breakout stars, and this year one who caught a lot of positive buzz was Miles Teller. Though the 26-year-old actor got his first big break in 2010 with Rabbit Hole, it was his mesmerizing performance in The Spectacular Now that cemented his status as the Next Big Thing.

Which means, naturally, that it’s about time for him to land a major tentpole franchise of his own. Teller is reportedly one of the names in contention for Fantastic Four, Josh Trank‘s reboot of the original Marvel superhero family. Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams were previously rumored for other parts. Hit the jump to find out whom Teller might be playing.

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Fantastic Four

Briefly: Louisiana state tax breaks continue to make the state a hotbed for film production. Ender’s Game, Now You See Me, Maze Runner and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are just a few recent films to shoot in the state and now the Marvel universe is heading down there. The Wrap has learned Josh Trank‘s 2015 release Fantastic Four has decided to movie its production from Vancouver, BC to the southern state.

20th Century Fox has yet to reveal any cast, but that should happen soon as filming is rumored to start in the Fall.

Michael B Jordan

Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four hasn’t announced any stars just yet, but we got some tantalizing hints a couple weeks back when Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams were rumored for major roles. The reports got a lot of buzz, most of it good — but predictably, there were a few folks unhappy with the fact that Jordan is black, whereas Johnny Storm has traditionally been portrayed as white.

While Jordan won’t confirm his casting right now, he was happy to address some of the negative feedback he’s gotten. Put simply, he doesn’t see why his race should be a problem: “It’s 2013.” Hit the jump to read the rest of his comments.

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