One little bit of ad copy can have a huge effect on a fanbase. For years, the precise nature of the stretching powers enjoyed (or endured) by Reed Richards has always been one of those things that Marvel Comics were able to explain away with a little jargon-laced pseudo-science. It didn’t really matter precisely how he stretched, for the most part, but it was fun to talk about.
Today, people had less fun talking about the details of the new Fantastic Four movie thanks to a sentence on the film’s official website. That line suggested that Mr. Fantastic’s powers are quite different in the film. But writer/producer Simon Kinberg has spoken up to say that things really aren’t changed, and to insist on one thing: “Reed Richards stretches in this movie.”
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Josh Trank‘s new Fantastic Four film opens in August, but even though it is an “end of summer” movie from Fox, the studio is slowly pushing new promos out now as the season begins. A set of Fantastic Four featureless offers brief interviews with Trank and writer/producer Simon Kinberg, and they talk about each of the cast members hired to play the four major roles. “Because we wanted to be grounded and dramatic,” says Kinberg,” we went for the best dramatic actors.” Check out all four short videos below. Read More »
UPDATE: Director Bryan Singer has weighed in on this. We’ve made the necessary changes.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was a monster hit in spite of some huge obstacles. Somehow, director Bryan Singer was able to make good movie that basically blended the casts of two different franchises into one story that links versions of characters that were never originally meant to meet. In a way, it’s kind of a miracle.
To achieve a miracle like that, sometimes you have to kill your darlings. Among the required cuts to the film, Singer decided to remove an entire subplot involving Rogue, played by Anna Paquin. This summer, a new Blu-ray will be released called the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut, which reinstates Rogue’s story. Now we know how much new footage is in there: 17 minutes. Read More »
Movement on Ruairi Robinson‘s proposed sci-fi film The Leviathan happened fast. The director posted a proof of concept trailer just days ago, which led to Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg joining the project as producers. Now Fox has bought the The Leviathan movie pitch and the script for the film, written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club). Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Ruairi Robinson‘s proof of concept trailer for The Leviathan became an overnight sensation when it hit Vimeo and YouTube last week, and Hollywood has taken notice. A feature film is now in the works with two men who know a thing or two about bringing vast sci-fi universes to life: Simon Kinberg (X-Men) and Neill Blomkamp (Chappie). More on The Leviathan movie after the jump. Read More »
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Over a year has passed since we last heard about the 20th Century Fox remake of Murder on the Orient Express. At that time several big name producers were attached – including Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg – but no one else. So it took a while, but now there’s a writer too. It’s Michael Green, the TV vet who wrote the 2011 Green Lantern and co-wrote the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. He’ll be tasked with putting a new spin on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie which has been adapted numerous times, most notable in 1974 by Sidney Lumet. Read more about the Murder on the Orient Express remake below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Of the three major superhero films opening this summer, Fox’s Fantastic Four is the most mysterious. We’ve yet to see a still or poster, let alone a full-fledged trailer. Happily, that starts to change today with the first official behind the scenes look at the movie.
Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell lead the superhero pic, which is directed by Josh Trank. Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater wrote the screenplay. Get your Fantastic Four behind the scenes peek after the jump. Read More »
Late last week, news quietly broke that Gary Whitta was no longer the writer of Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars standalone movie. The departure seemed amicable, as both Whitta and Edwards released statements to The Hollywood Reporter. But it raised several questions about the film, which is scheduled to go in front of cameras at Pinewood Studios later this year once Spectre finishes production.
Primary among those questions was, if Whitta is out, who will be taking over the writing duties on the December 16, 2016 release? /Film has learned, but was unable to confirm, that it will be Simon Kinberg. At Lucasfilm, Kinberg is a consultant on The Force Awakens, a writer and producer on Star Wars Rebels, and writer of at least one standalone movie. Whether or not that became this film or is another remains unclear. But Kinberg will be taking over duties for Whitta on this movie. Read More »
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 »