There has been a lot of trepidation concerning the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Fans of the comic series have cried out their angst against the casting, against the series being rebooted so soon after the last two films and against Fox in general. Now, writer Simon Kinberg is stepping up to say a few words about the film, no doubt hoping to quell some of the fears and anxieties of the many angry fanboys/girls. Scroll on to read what he had to say.
In a recent interview with Collider, Kinberg discussed the production of the flick, which has just begun:
“The energy on set is great. Josh Trank is fantastic on set. Really in command, really clear, and the thing that is most unique or defining about the new Fantastic Four is the tone. We’re approaching it in a much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science-fiction way. The playfulness or goofiness of those other movies is very, very different from what we’re trying to do, and that is true for the production design, the casting, the storytelling. But you never know until you get on set how it’s all gonna start to feel, and just seeing those actors and seeing Josh, the way he’s articulating the tone and the way the actors are executing it gives me a lot of confidence that we’ll actually be able to make a cool Fantastic Four movie.”
Well, that’s a little bit reassuring. The first two flicks suffered at the hands of their scripts and their director. To see a Fantastic Four film that takes itself seriously will be a relief.
But that’s not all Kinberg had to say. He also discussed the inevitability of the film being released in 3D and how that format helps to contribute to the overall look and feel of the movie:
“We’re definitely imagining the story in 3D as we’re making it, and it has powers that are well-suited to telling the story in 3D—not just Reed, but you have somebody that is on fire, and that’s something that can be immersive and scary. The reason to use 3D in this Fantastic Four, I think, is to make the experience feel as immersive as possible, where you feel like you’re with the characters looking at themselves and looking at each other with these bizarre powers and feeling like they’re really interacting with you.”
He went on to talk about becoming involved in the writing of the movie and how the script ultimately panned out in tone and content:
“I think everyone was on the same page about the approach to the story in terms of wanting it to feel like it had the tone that Josh was very clear about, which is real, grounded, dramatic. How we executed that changed as everything changes when you’re revising and rewriting a script, and I think in some ways I caught up to Josh’s tone. He had such a clear idea for what the tone of the movie was gonna be, and I learned it and then executed it on the page. I think we all were very committed to this version of Fantastic Four, the specifics of how the story evolved and stuff like that was like it is on any normal movie.”
And, naturally, there were some questions regarding an already-planned sequel to the flick:
“Well I think with a lot of these movies you have a sense that if it goes well you’re going to make another one. If it’s a terrible disaster I don’t know that you ever get a shot no matter what the date is, but they have a lot of confidence in the movie and we have confidence in the movie. And what I like about it is, as a writer you can start to think about, ‘Well what am I building toward?’
“That’s the thing that Marvel’s done so well, that’s what George Lucas did so brilliantly with Star Wars, the originals. He started telling a story in Episode IV and he had a clear sense of what the backstories were and all of that. You want to tell a coherent, complete story in each movie, but you can also start to think about and build toward how these characters evolve five years from now, ten years from now, and that’s just a cool way to tell a story. It’s not that different as a sort of episodic storytelling than what comics do or what our favorite TV shows do. You get to project beyond the two hours of the movie.
“I think actually in some cases what it helps me do as a writer is it forces me to ask certain questions I may not do if I was just telling a one-off movie. Meaning I have to ask questions of, ‘What is this gonna mean to them when they’re 30, 40, 50 years old? Who are these characters going to become?’ because hopefully I’ll be writing them in three years, five years, seven years from now. But those are not necessarily always questions you ask yourself when you’re telling a standalone movie, you sometimes are just like, ‘Who are they in the span of the three weeks this movie takes place?’ or ‘Who were they in the 30 years of their lives that preceded it?’ but you don’t really think past the confines of that film. I think there is an opportunity in this kind of storytelling when you can tell a bigger story, and you can actually even deepen each story by having it project across lots of episodes.”
I know a lot of people are hating on the Fantastic Four reboot, but personally I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt. Kinberg may have been the man responsible for such cinematic turds as X-Men: The Last Stand (though I blame Brett Ratner for that one), but he’s also the guy that wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and so far that one is getting some pretty good reviews from those that have been lucky enough to see it early. Hopefully, his head is in the game and we can expect his script and Josh Trank’s directing to come together to produce an exceptional take on one of comic history’s most famous teams.
What say the Nerd Readers? Do Kinberg’s words alleviate some of your fears? Or do you still think this is just a steaming pile of crap waiting to fall onto the heads of audiences everywhere?