THE FANTASTIC FOUR Producer/Writer Simon Kinberg Talks about the Tone, Costumes, Shooting Schedule, and More at WonderCon

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Back in February, The Fantastic Four finally nailed down its eponymous superheroes and a few weeks ago it got an actor for the villain.  Now that we know who’s playing Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), Invisible Woman (Kate Mara), Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), The Thing (Jamie Bell), and Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell), we can move on to the many, many other questions about the movie.  One question is how will the costumes compare to the previous Fantastic Four movies?  Those costumes stuck fairly close to the comics with the heavy emphasis on blue spandex and the “4″ badge.  With a much younger cast set for the reboot, what other radical changes can we expect?

Hit the jump for what Kinberg told us about The Fantastic Four reboot, the costumes, tone, shooting schedule, and more at WonderConThe Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.

fantastic-four-reboot-costumesAside from confirming that the new movie will take place in the modern day, Kinberg says he doesn’t know how the 20th Century Fox marketing machine will start revealing the film to the public, so he doesn’t know when we’ll see the costumes.

However, a more interesting reveal is how the reboot will compare with the Fantastic Four movies from the 2000s:

SIMON KINBERG: The thing I would say overall about the film is that it’s a much more grounded, realistic, dramatic version of the film than those are films were.  Which isn’t to say it’s Dark Knight.  It’s not.  It’s still fun and sort of…

Would you say it’s more “X-Men-y” or “Spider-Man-y”?

KINBERG: I would say “Spider-Man-y”—

Well, that’s both good and bad, because Spider-Man is a little cartoony.

KINBERG: But I would say there’s a spectrum, and we’re on the spectrum between Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Chronicle.  It would probably lean more towards Chronicle.  I don’t know where X-Men falls on the spectrum, so I’m just going to focus on those two things because I feel it’s a movie about young people coming of age.  So it has some of Spider-Man and some of Chronicle aspects to it, but like Chronicle it’s much more real and grounded and real world than those other films.

mr-fantastic-fantastic-four-rebootI’m still curious what “more realistic” means.  For example, in the previous Fantastic Four movies, they provided the explanation that the costumes allowed the superpowers to function in a practical way, i.e. Johnny Storm’s clothes would burn off every time he became Human Torch unless he was wearing his costume.  Technically, that’s “realistic” since it acknowledges his ability would incinerate his wardrobe.  So does there have to be some fake science costume to allow for this “realism” or will Johnny Storm keep his clothes like the Hulk can keep his pants?

At least this won’t be “The Dark Knight“, although it’s not like Chronicle was a happy-go-lucky time at the movies.

Wrapping up, Kinberg said that shooting begins in Louisiana in two or three weeks and they’ll be shooting through late July or August.  That’s a whole lot of clobberin’ time.

Watch what Kinberg had to say about Fantastic Four, or read the quotes below the video.


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fantastic-four-movie-reboot-costumesCollider:  I have some conjecture about what year Fantastic Four takes place.  I’m hearing it’s modern day.  Can you confirm it’s modern day?

SIMON KINBERG: It’s modern day.

That’s what I keep on hearing.  Can you talk a little bit about when we’re start hearing about the new costumes and the specifics or is everything going to be under wraps for as long as possible?

KINBERG: I don’t actually know the answer to that.  I don’t know what the plans are for the publicity.  We start shooting in two, three weeks.  I went to Baton Rouge the day before yesterday.  I go back there tomorrow.  We have the cast.  We have the costumes.

Can you compare the costumes to the other Fantastic Four films that were made?

SIMON KINBERG: The thing I would say overall about the film is that it’s a much more grounded, realistic, dramatic version of the film than those are films were.  Which isn’t to say it’s Dark Knight.  It’s not.  It’s still fun and sort of…

Would you say it’s more “X-Men-y” or “Spider-Man-y”?

fantastic-four-simon-kinbergKINBERG: I would say “Spider-Man-y”—

Well, that’s both good and bad, because Spider-Man is a little cartoony.

KINBERG: But I would say there’s a spectrum, and we’re on the spectrum between Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Chronicle.  It would probably lean more towards Chronicle.  I don’t know where X-Men falls on the spectrum, so I’m just going to focus on those two things because I feel it’s a movie about young people coming of age.  So it has some of Spider-Man and some of Chronicle aspects to it, but like Chronicle it’s much more real and grounded and real world than those other films.

I’m curious about a character whose name begins with the letter “A” could look like in the movie.  If it was someone who was involved with Doctor Doom.  I don’t know if that’s hypothetically out there or I’m throwing it out there as a hope.  I’m just curious what it might look like or any comments on that.

KINBERG:  I’m not going to give any comment on that [laughs], but I’m happy you’re curious about it.

How long is your shoot on this?

KINBERG: We shoot most of the summer until around end of July, August.  I don’t know how many days.  But we start soon and end in August.




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