When FOX decided to reboot The Fantastic Four, many saw this as a pretty good idea (at the time). With the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it looked like Fox was doing some course correction for their failed comic book franchises and they could do the same for the first family of Marvel. The previous version of Fantastic Four came out in 2005 and also had a less than stellar sequel. Both films were made before this new age of superhero films and were not received that well. In order to retain the rights to the Fantastic Four from Marvel, Fox needed to continue making films surrounding the characters, enter the 2015 reboot. The studio hired a director in his prime, Josh Trank as well as the cast that is all also at the top of their game (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell), what could go wrong? Well, apparently a lot!
It’s about damn time Vertigo‘s Fables is getting the movie treatment, tapping into two of the moment’s hottest markets, fairy tales and comic books, with a single property. The dark, moody, and a little noir-ish spin on classic fable characters is perfect for an audience chompin’ at the bit for more fairy tales. There’s already a video game based on Bill Willingham‘s comic set to release later this year, and today THR is reporting a movie’s in the works, too! David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films, also of those widely popular Harry Potter films, are producing and they’ve tapped Jeremy Slater to script. Slater hasn’t done much, and is currently working on the Fantastic Four reboot, but I’ll accept Heyman and Clifford’s choice on good faith.
Nikolaj Arcel is attached to direct, and while I’m sure many of you are unfamiliar with him, I recently watched his Danish film, A Royal Affair – I’ll admit, only because it starred Hannibal‘s Mads Mikkelsen – and was impressed. You can catch it on Netflix Instant. It’s most definitely moody and I’m confidant Arcel’s style will be a great match for bringing Fables to the big screen.
Here’s a short little briefer on what Fables is all about,
When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the “mundys,” their name for normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society that they call Fabletown. From their exclusive luxury apartment buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, these creatures of legend must fight for their survival in the new world.
I get a little giddy when I start thinking, if done well, Fables could become a phenomenal film franchise. There’s loads of material to pull from, and it’s far more original than most of the gritty, re-imagined fairy tales we’ve seen lately. Are you excited for a Fables movie?
Source: THR via Geek Tyrant
20th Century Fox has brought writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), on-board Marvel’ s Fantastic Four Reboot production team to take a crack at polishing first time writer Jeremy Slater‘s script. Although the financial and critical track record of Grahame-Smith movie adaptations isn’t stellar, the man can write an interesting story.
Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) involvement in writing the movie’s story along with directing the production, should put most Fantastic Four fans fears at ease. If you haven’t seen Chronicle yet you should, it’s a “fantastic” film that explored friendship, family, and superpowered consequences. I feel confidant that Trank will include the family relationship issues that have made the Fantastic Four an interesting comic book.
Additional news that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has joined the team as one of the producers just sweetens the pot.
There’s not much information on the script’s plot or which Fantastic Four villains might be involved. Although it has been reported that:
The new cinematic version of the superhero team with be “taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach” and that there are plans to incorporate many more elements from the comics and deep mythology, which includes Doctor Doom, Galactus, and the alien races known as the Kree and the Skrull.
Which villain or villains are you interested in seeing? The Skrulls top my list at the moment. I’d love to see the Super-Skrull smash his way onto the big screen. Doctor Doom may be my favorite Marvel villain, but I’d rather see something new instead of rehashing old movie stuff. Let’s see some other comic book story lines. There’s plenty of time to bring Doom back in the second or third film if the first stays on track.
Fantastic Four is scheduled for release in theaters on March 6th, 2015.