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Fantastic 4 Review: “As Soon as it Gets Exciting, it’s Over”

After reading the reviews, and the low ratings, I almost didn’t want to see the new Fantastic 4. But I decided to have a go, mainly because I was pleasantly surprised watching films like The Lone Ranger and John Carter that received equally savage critical beat-downs. Sometimes, of course, the critics do have a point. Continue reading Fantastic 4 Review: “As Soon as it Gets Exciting, it’s Over”

Will Second “Star Wars” Spinoff be a Boba Fett Origins Story?

It’s strange to think that the potential tag line for the upcoming Star Wars spin off Rogue One – an account of the spies who stoked the plans for the death star in episode IV could be “based on a thirty year old throw away line”. Now we have word about the focus of the second spin-off, and the tagline’s going to read more like “based on a be-helmeted badass”. That’s my pick for tagline anyway, I realise that they don’t usually open that sort of stuff up to the general public. I do think they should use my Rogue One line though.

That’s right, Screen Rant is reporting on news that the second Star Wars standalone feature will focus on legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett, cult star and all time fan favourite of Episodes V and VI. A smaller, more childlike version of Fett was also portrayed in Attack of the Clones by Daniel Logan.

So what can we expect? Well, this is allegedly going to be an Origins story, which sounds specific but is in fact categorically loose. We’ve already seen some of Fett’s childhood as the clone of Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett. Presumably the next film will take place after that since everything beforehand is a bit test tubey. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of the up and coming, relentless gun for hire as he makes a name for himself as one of the galaxy’s most formidable foes.

The as yet untitlted project has received a lot of spotlight heat recently following the departure of Josh Trank from the role of director. Rumours already about about the nature of his departure, with some claiming it was jot so much his decision as it was a decision made for him. So now the race is on to find someone new to direct, not to mention someone to play Fett. Given the clone back story we could very well be seeing Logan return as Fett, or even (actot) who played Jango since they’ll technically have to look identical. On the other hand, an entire film where Fett doesn’t take off his mask, Dredd style? I am all into that.

Rogue One will be finding it’s way to cinemas in December 2016, and the potential Fett Origin will appear two years later in 2018.

Are you a Fett fan?

New “Fantastic Four” Trailer – Everything Your Ever Wanted to See! Not Over-Selling it!

If for any reason (and there have been a few) you’ve been left a little underwhelmed by the media traffic for Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, we couldn’t really blame you. It’s been no small topic of discussion on this site that elements of the info release on Fans stick that have been very unique and avant garde have also been the most infuriating and debated. Well what we have now is what could be described as the most mainstream trailer for the film, which not only shows pretty much everything we wanted to see, but also justifies the whole journey up until this point.

The Wrap has reported on the new Fantastic Four trailer that came out over the weekend. The highlights? Well we get a peek at Reed Richards doing some stretching, Sue Storm throwing some forcefield shapes, Johnny Storm flaming on, The Thing strutting his stuff, and also a spot of Doom. Wait what? Where has trailer been the last six months? Why are you wasting your time with questions? Just watch it!

Yeah that was definitely worth it. This trailer follows a much more popular pattern of superhero movie trailers – action and plot are favoured over atmosphere and tone. Essentially, Fantastic Four up until this point has based its trailers on a teaser trailer format. But now that we’ve seen this trailer, it explains the flow of media up until this point. Sure, it would have been immense to see this trailer months ago. But would it have been as satisfying to see the Thing in motion if we hadn’t just been shown Jamie Bell for so long? Would we really have cared that Johnny Storm was stretching unless we’d seen everyone else’s powers but his? Would we have been shocked by the sight of Doom if we weren’t dubious of whether or not he’d even look like his normal metallic self?

The way I see it, everyone knows the Fantastic Four. Everyone knows what they can do and what their powers look like and who their nemesis is. So how do you show that to a well fed audience who are used to one-upmanship without them saying “yes… And?”. Simple, you make them think they’re never gonna see it. And then you show them. As a result, everything about this trailer is ten times more intense than it would have been if we saw it first six months ago and had nothing leading up to it and nothing to top it but the film itself.

So yeah, a good trailer.

Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank and stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan and Jamie Bell.

It’s About Clobberin’ Time! First Look at “Fantastic Four”‘s The Thing!

It’s been a slow sort of trickle of information when it comes to Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. What makes it worse is that a lot of the stills that have been released recently have been missing a crucial element, and that element is a large orange man made of rocks or something. We’ve gotten a fair look at the team as a whole, even getting a nano second or two of footage of them powering up, but when it comes to The Thing played by Jamie Bell, all we’ve got are some shots of him playing baseball and fixing a bike. Not a front facing shot of the team’s grouchy, gravelly mascot in sight. Until now.

Slashfilm has reported on some new stills from the upcoming Fox flick, one of which is a clear, high res shot of Bell’s Thing…probably could have phrased that better. There’s no need to say anymore, not until you’ve had a look. So check the shots out below, courtesy of Slashfilm. The first one is the good one:

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Not bad right? The official image has no doubt appeared in response to some photos that leaked online, but either way it’s good to finally get a look at him. The Thing definitely looks at home with the reboot’s alternative aesthetic, and his design is more naturally rocky than the designs from previous films, all of which favoured the scaly approach.

Also, did you check out Miles Teller in the second image? Teller’s Reed Richards is another of the characters that we really haven’t seen powering up. From the looks of the shot, he’s going to be stretched out at any minute! Those should certainly keep us going… You know, for the next few days or so.

Check out Fantastic Four in cinemas on August 7th.

Drew Goddard in Talks to Direct New “Spiderman”

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but my new years resolution for 2015 was to eat more lentils and start caring about Spiderman again. Sure, I’ve been hurt over the last couple of years, but darn it I’m ready to love again. Then of course Marvel took some solid interest and responsibility for the hero’s cinematic  future and suddenly my resolution got a whole lot easier. Still can’t eat lentils though. Have you tried them? They’re like tiny sand explosions.

Anyway, now that Spiderman is once again a hot property with all this unbridled potential, we need a new team to make the magic happen. Fortunately we might be very close to securing a new director for the gig. Empire reports that Marvel movie maker in residence Drew Goddard has expressed seniors interest in helming Spideys return to Marvel and is currently in talks with Sony higher up and Kevin Fiege.

Goddard has recently spent most of his Marvel man hours putting together the Sinister Six movie. This wouldn’t have been an easy task with Amazing Spiderman shooting poorly constructed crossbow bolts into his ass, not to mention the considerable hype Dc is getting for its own villainous analog Suicide Squad. Now that Spiderman is in play, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Sinister Six takes a back seat for the time being so that Goddard can potentially focus on the hero – whether or not this will affect the overall schedule of release or have a knock on effect is anyone’s guess.

Goddard also has some experience working with uber nerd Joss Whedon on his subversive horror Cabin in the Woods. Let’s hope that Whedon passed on some sagely wisdom to young Goddard, because there’s no lack of pressure on him if he gets the job. Reimagining a superhero for the big screen is a cake walk compared to resurrecting one that’s already on screen. Just ask Josh Trank. No confirmation on Goddard as yet, but when we know, you’ll know.

Josh Trank Shares “F4” Tonal Origins and Disappointing Stills

So I never even asked, what did you all think of the Fantastic Four reboot trailer? I didn’t think it was possible for a project mired in so much mystery to polarise audiences even more when it finally released its cheeky two minutes. However, given the direction that director Josh Trank is taking with the comic reboot, that was always going to be the case.

Speaking of Trank’s direction with the film, the director has been poking pin holes in our ballooning curiosity once again. Screenrant reports that Trank has been discussing his reasons for taking the Fantastic family in a more grounded direction. In an interview with Empire, the Chronicle director explained that he was following in the footsteps of Amblin – Steven Spielberg‘s production company. Here’s what he had to say:
“There’s the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. The opportunity is right there in the material. We’d rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page.”

So on loyalty to the canon it’s a hard pass from Trank, but we had a feeling that was the case anyway. Trank goes on to say that his imagining of the film is a “dark Amblin movie.” Writer and producer Simon Kinberg added “There was an Amblin-style approach to the characterization, and to contextualizing everything in a real world.”
So can we expect a Fantastic Four that’s less like it’s Marvel studio predecessors and more like the first cut of Back to the Future without all the jokes? Maybe. It’s more likely that this will be a farewell to silliness that to an extent killed the last Fantastic Four films – which can only be described as logical and hopefully the right choice. This might also be a good indication of the kind of tonal venture DC will be embarking on if they stay in the vein of Man of Steel, which could very well be the case for some of the upcoming adaptations.

In addition to dishin’ on the film’s creative direction, we also got some stills from the film. Are they stills that show the team in action, maybe with a shady closeup of the Thing? Of course not, don’t be silly. The stills are pretty tame as it goes, but they give a good idea of the costume choices for the film, without revealing the more classic costumes which will allegedly appear later in the film. Then there’s Jamie Bell’s picture of him tending to his bike…a classic Thing move!

Anyway, here are the pictures, courtesy of Screenrant:

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Hey, it’s not exactly Hulk vs Hulk-buster, but at least it shows Trank is thinking about us. Hopefully we’ll have juicier images closer to the debut, so keep your eyes peeled!

You’re Welcome: “Fantastic Four” Gets its First Trailer

It’s long overdue, but we finally have it. An official trailer for Josh Trank‘s reboot of Fantastic Four has been released courtesy of 20th Century Fox. The film has been under a considerable amount of scrutiny since it wrapped up production six odd months months ago, with rumours of script issues and studio contrition making up only a small percentage of the toxic atmosphere.

But that’s how people tend to get when a film is on marketing lock-down – they get antsy, and sometimes they get mean. But like the pain of childbirth being followed by the memory-wiping euphoria of post-birth (that’s as much as I know about pregnancy), we have our trailer and we’ve forgotten all about how angry we were at Josh Trank. Anywho, let’s have a look at the trailer. Watch out for some revealing silhouettes at 1:35, not to mention Storm vs Storm at 1:19:

Hey, that wasn’t bad at all. There’s definitely still a lot of mystique around this latest incarnation of the first family of Marvel, not to mention more questions than ever. But it’s a start, and a damn good start. If you’d like to get a  better idea of what the project’s going to be like, here’s a portion from an interview Trank did with Collider:

“This isn’t like The Avengers. Even when the first Avengers came out, there were four other movies that people were familiar with. The suits and the tone and the look and the feel. So they could release those things or drop them on Twitter. With Simon on the X-Men movies, there were other movies that came before the last X-Men movie so Bryan [Singer] could feel more confident in tweeting teases of what’s to come. But this movie, we really want the audience to have the proper reaction to this material seeing it for the first time. You’ve really got to put your best foot forward. You can’t just leak an image to strike up a conversation. You want people to see something that has thought behind it. And the teaser should do just that. With conversations online, you can’t really control it. In this day and age people have come to expect that artists are going to give everybody information on Twitter about what they’re doing, but not every artist is like that. I’m not really like that. If I was painting a picture I wouldn’t want to take a picture of a single paint stroke. I’d rather show people what it looks like when it’s done.”

It’s fair to say that Trank is a man on a mission, and it’s not an easy mission. Hopefully the Chronicle director can pull it off. Excelsior!

Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm / Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm / Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm / The Thing.

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One For the Diary: “Fantastic Four” Reboot Teaser Will Debut February 13th With “Kingsman”

Hey, what are you up to on the 13th February? I’ll tell you what you’re up to! What I can’t tell you is whether or not it’s something you’ll enjoy or get excited about. But that just makes it all the more intriguing doesn’t it?

Mid-way through next month we will be getting our first look at the reboot of Marvel’s first family, Fantastic 4. This will be the first slither of marketing that we’ve seen for the 20th Century Fox project that finished production 6 months ago, so it’s long overdue and there’s a lot of pressure for fans to see something mind-blowing. here’s what writer and producer Simon Kinberg had to say in an interview with Screenrant:

“To confirm – Fantastic Four will be doing 3-4 days of additional photography with director Josh Trank and some key cast members. We are very excited about the film and can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to. And you will be able to do that very soon as I can confirm here that the teaser will be on Kingsman in theaters February 13.”

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Director Josh Trank has been accused of turning “Fantastic 4” into a spiritual sequel to his last hit “Chronicle”.

 

That could be a tall order for the project, considering the number of setbacks and rumours that have been circling and grossly outweighing any positive press. Reports on issues with the cast, the writing, the plot, the relationship with the studio, the relationship with Marvel and director Josh Trank‘s alleged machinations to turn Fantastic 4 into a follow-up to his previous hit Chronicle all add up to a film that is in big trouble. this trouble could be happening now or it could happen down the line. Or it could be awesome and the trouble could never come up. Considering that a sequel has already been announced, let’s hope it’s the last option.

On the other hand, all of this disarray and negativity hasn’t changed the fact that people are desperate to see this teaser. In fact, considering that the problems with the project have led to a media blackout, this will be a very exciting trailer if only for the fact that we have absolutely nothing to go on – apart from what the actors look like.

The 4 in the flesh: Michael B Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and J.amie Bell
The 4 in the flesh: Michael B Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and J.amie Bell

 

So whether it’s good or bad, it’s mysterious, and that’s a hard commodity to come by in Hollywood.

Will you be watching Kingsman and the Fantastic 4 teaser this February?