Tim Story Looks Back on His ‘Fantastic Four’

 

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What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, when the wave of Hollywood superhero films was just beginning, Tim Story made The Fantastic Four. That film hit after movies like X-Men and Spider-Man had turned studio eyes firmly towards comic book properties, but it went into development and production before Christopher Nolan started to push the films in a more serious direction with Batman Begins.

The two Tim Story Fantastic Four movies are like mid-period relics. They’re stuck in a place between practical effects and truly powerful CG, and burdened with casting and story choices that seem like he product of heavy-handed studio notes. (Granted, the films showed vision in casting Chris Evans as the Human Torch.) They don’t look or feel much at all like the comic book films of today.

While on the promo rounds for his current film, Think Like a Man Too, Story was asked about his two Marvel films, and the difference between superhero movies then and now. He had quite a lot to say.

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Jamie Foxx / Kevin Hart

It’s really, really good to be Kevin Hart right now. The rising star is coming off two big hits and has several more comedies lined up for the next few years, one of which is a sequel to this year’s Ride Along. Now he’s booked yet another high-profile gig: The Black Phantom, starring Jamie Foxx.

While the new movie is unrelated to Hart’s burgeoning Ride Along franchise, it re-teams him with many of the same key players. Ride Along director Tim Story is in talks to helm, while Ride Along producer Will Packer is producing. Hit the jump to get all the details on the new project that has this team all hot and bothered.

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Ride Along

Universal was so confident in the buddy cop comedy Ride Along that it put the sequel in development way back in April – nine months before the first film was even scheduled to premiere. Now that the movie has actually gone on to set a January opening record, it looks like their faith is paying off.

The studio has set Ride Along director Tim Story to return for the sequel, and is working on deals with stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart to reprise their roles. Also coming back are producers Will Packer and Matt Alvarez, and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. More details on the next installment after the jump.

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Every once in a while, a film gets a sequel and it makes you think, “The first movie was a hit?” Think Like A Man is one of those. But the 2012 original starring Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco and Gabrielle Union grossed a quiet $91 million dollars and Sony quickly greenlit a sequel. It’s hitting theaters June 20, continuing the story of a group of friends who had some serious relationship issues in the first film. Now, the cast is all back together and they’re in Vegas for a wedding. There, simultaneous bachelor and bachelorette parties threaten relationships once again. Check out the first trailer and poster below. Read More »

Ride Along

Ice Cube is so good at playing a no-nonsense cop, he’ll get to do it in two separate and unrelated movies next year. We got a trailer for one of those, 22 Jump Street, earlier this week. Now the other one, Ride Along, has released a new trailer as well.

The comedy stars Kevin Hart as an aspiring cop who wants to propose to his girlfriend (Tika Sumpter). But before he can do that, he has to get the blessing of her older brother (Ice Cube). Eager to scare him off, Cube invites Hart on a ride-along; equally eager to impress, Hart readily accepts. Then the night spirals crazily, and hopefully hilariously, out of control. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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Fantastic Four and Barbershop director Tim Story is going back to work after not having a film on big screens since the 2009 picture Hurricane Season. He’ll direct Kevin Hart in Think Like a Man, which is based on Steve Harvey‘s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment. Mr. Hart will be “a self-professed relationship expert who is quick to give advice to his crew of friends, even as his own marriage heads toward divorce.” The book has sold well, but I expect this will draw a different crowd from either Tim Story’s Fantastic Four films or Hurricane Season. [Deadline]

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It’s mighty windy outside and the news is a tad slow today, so let’s cherish a moment to contemplate what mystery “comic book trilogy” actor Djimon Hounsou recently said he’s set to star in. IESB, which broke the story after Hounsou cryptically announced the news at a press conference for Never Back Down, speculates that he’s either referring to Marvel superhero Black Panther or Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s planned Tintin trilogy. Hounsou reportedly called this his “dream project.”

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Regarding Black Panther, last May the character was mentioned as a possible plot point in the second sequel to Fantastic Four by director Tim Story. The guy went as far as namedropping Hounsou for the role. Would you be interested in seeing three films starring this character, and do you think it sounds like a wise investment? Besides being black, Black Panther shares similar unproven stature on the comic canon totem with Blade, so it’s possible. Then again, the similarity in costume between BP and Batman is uncanny, see pic to the right. Would a film(s) call for a total redesign or what? At several points over the last decade, Wesley Snipes and director John Singleton have attached themselves to the project, and Marvel Studios has had a film on deck since 2005.

As for Tintin, it’s an ambitious set of films and sure to be lucrative. Spielberg gave Hounsou his big break with 1997′s Amistad, so there’s def a connection. But referring to it as a “comic book dream project” carries the same iffiness as “trilogy” to Black Panther. More on this as it develops.

Update: Might Djimon Hounsou be referring to a Conan property? Apparently so, judging from an audio clip from the conference over at CHUD. Now we have even more questions than answers, sweet.

Discuss: Any other ideas?

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