Michael B. Jordan Says THE FANTASTIC FOUR Script Is “Evolving” on Set; Doesn’t See the Characters as “Superheroes”

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Though 20th Century Fox hasn’t officially revealed everything it will be bringing to Comic-Con next weekend for its big Hall H panel, most are expecting to see at least something from The Fantastic Four.  The comics adaptation is currently in production in Louisiana in anticipation of a June 19, 2015 release date, so this year’s Comic-Con is the film’s big chance to reach the fans in a massive way.  We still know very little about the pic beyond the fact that Chronicle director Josh Trank is at the helm and it has a “grounded” tone, but the cast is certainly promising with Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Toby Kebbell (aka Koba from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. Doom.

Jordan recently spoke a bit about the filming experience and Trank’s take on the material, noting that the script has changed quite frequently during the filming process, and likening the titular characters to people with disabilities who must learn how to adjust to life post-accident.  More after the jump.

FANTASTIC FOUR and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg Explains Complication of a Crossover

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Last year, we reported that writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) had been tapped to write a “Marvel-style” universe that would bring together 20th Century Fox’s two major superhero properties, X-Men and Fantastic Four because that’s what The Avengers hath wrought.  Kinberg told THR, “I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel.  I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.”  While Kinberg may still want to “build those brands”, he’s well aware that it’s not as easy as shoehorning them into the same story.

Hit the jump for more, and click here for what Kinberg told Steve about The Fantastic Four.

Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg Talks THE FANTASTIC FOUR, Post-Converting to 3D, the Grounded Tone, and Writing Towards the Sequels

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We’re only five months into 2014, but we’ve already seen two big superhero films swing into theaters and we’ve got another massive franchise poised to open in a matter of weeks: X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Steve recently attended the press day for the X-Men “in-betweenquel”, and during his interview with screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg the conversation also touched on another superhero property that Kinberg is involved with: The Fantastic Four.

As screenwriter and producer on director Josh Trank’s reboot of the Marvel comic, Kinberg has been intimately involved in the development of the 20th Century Fox project.  While speaking with Steve, he confirmed that the film will be post-converted to 3D and discussed which aspects of the pic lend themselves to three-dimensions.  He also talked about how Trank’s specific tone stayed constant throughout the film’s development process, and touched on how writing the pic with an eye towards the sequels affected his approach to the characters.  Read on after the jump.

FANTASTIC FOUR Casts Reg E. Cathey; Liam Neeson Joins A MONSTER CALLS; Dan Stevens in CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES with John Travolta and Michael Pitt

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Reg E. Cathey has joined Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four reboot in a rather interesting role.  The Fox film stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell as the title heroes.
  • Liam Neeson joins J. A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls, starring Felicity Jones and scripted by Patrick Ness.
  • Dan Stevens will star alongside John Travolta and Michael Pitt in Jackie Earle Haley’s Criminal Activities.
  • Ray Winstone’s role in Point Break has been revealed, and no, he’s not replacing Gerard Butler.

Hit the jump for more on each story.

Tim Blake Nelson Says THE FANTASTIC FOUR Script Has “as Much Soul as It Does Action”

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Though development on the film has been ongoing for some time, director Josh Trank (Chronicle) and 20th Century Fox are finally ready to move forward on the reboot The Fantastic Four, as we’ve learned the pic is poised to go in front of cameras on Monday, May 5th.  The principal cast is set with Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as the villainous Dr. Doom, but just a couple of days ago we learned of another exciting addition to the ensemble: Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder aka Mole Man.

Nelson recently spoke a bit about his second go-around at a Marvel superhero adaptation (he played Samuel Sterns in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, but never got to make the transformation into The Leader), noting that the script for The Fantastic Four is heavy on heart in addition to action.  Read on after the jump.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR Adds Tim Blake Nelson; Allison Janney and Morena Baccarin Join SPY; Scott Eastwood to Lead Nicholas Sparks Latest, THE LONGEST RIDE

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Tim Blake Nelson will join Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four, which stars Miles TellerJamie BellKate MaraMichael B. Jordan, and Toby Kebbell.
  • Allison Janney and Morena Baccarin are the latest additions to Paul Feig’s new comedy, Spy, starring Melissa McCarthyJason StathamRose ByrneJude LawBobby CannavaleCurtis “50 Cent” JacksonPeter Serafinowicz, and Miranda Hart.
  • Scott Eastwood will lead the George Tillman Jr.-directed Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

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.

A Look at Future Marvel Comics Adaptations by 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and Marvel Studios

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I think we can safely say that we are living in a golden age … a golden age of comic book movies.  From follow-ups to the Avengers franchise, to a newly rebooted Spider-Man series, to past and present X-Men uniting to fight giant robots, who would have thought we’d ever see any of this during the days when we were lucky to get a Blade movie once in a blue moon? Though with this glut of costumed heroes hitting the silver screen, it’s sometimes hard to keep straight what is rumor and what is fact.  Seems like the perfect time to walk through what has been confirmed and what is still rumor in the world of Marvel’s mutants, gods, and charismatic billionaires in iron suits.

Hit the jump for an overview of the future Marvel comics adaptations—from Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox—that we have on tap for the coming years.

WRATH OF THE TITANS Actor Toby Kebbell to Play Doctor Doom in THE FANTASTIC FOUR

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Fox has set the final key piece for its Fantastic Four reboot.  Chronicle director Josh Trank signed on to take the helm of The Fantastic Four a few years ago, but movement on the project has been slow to say the least.  However, with a June 19, 2015 release date looming, the principal cast was finally firmed up in February with Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Girl), and Jamie Bell (The Thing).  Clearly the cast is quite young, and so when talk turned to who would play the iconic comics villain Dr. Doom, the shortlist included similarly aged actors.  Now, with filming set to begin this spring, Fox has made its decision and zeroed in on Wrath of the Titans actor Toby Kebbell to take on the antagonist role.  Hit the jump for more.

Fox Announces Release Dates for THE FANTASTIC FOUR 2, WOLVERINE Sequel, Untitled Marvel Film, TAKEN 3, Ridley Scott Project, and More [Updated]

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20th Century Fox announced a bunch of release dates tonight:

  • The Fantastic Four reboot is still casting for a 2015 release, but Fox is ready to plan The Fantastic Four 2 for July 14, 2017.
  • The sequel to The Wolverine hits theaters March 3, 2017. [Update: Deadline reports that Fox has set David James Kelly to pen the sequel, which returns James Mangold to the helm with Hugh Jackman starring.]
  • An untitled Marvel film is scheduled for July 13, 2018.
  • Liam Neeson returns for Taken 3 on January 9, 2015.
  • An unspecified Ridley Scott feature is dated for March 4, 2016.
  • Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service (now October 24, 2014) and an untitled Vince Vaughn vehicle (now March 6, 2015) switched release dates.
  • Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe is pushed back from January 16, 2015 to October 2, 2015.

More on the Marvel stuff after the jump.

FANTASTIC FOUR’s Doctor Doom Shortlist Down to Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Kebbell, and Domhnall Gleeson

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Remember when there was a rumor that The Fantastic Four’s version of Doctor Doom (aka Victor von Doom) might be a woman?  Well, if a new casting shortlist is to be believed, it looks like that rumor doesn’t hold water.  The villainous role has apparently been narrowed down to these four blokes: Sam Riley (On the Road), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), or Domhnall Gleeson (About Time).  Whoever ends up with the part, it’s going to be a 30-something actor from the U.K. who goes up against Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell in the title roles.  Hit the jump for more.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR Screen Testing Miles Teller for Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara and Emmy Rossum for Invisible Woman; Christian Cooke for The Thing

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With its March start date fast approaching, screen testing is underway for Josh Trank‘s upcoming reboot, The Fantastic Four.  The only actor currently confirmed for the movie is Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch after Fox exercised the option it had on the actor following Chronicle, which was also directed by Trank.  Today, we’ve learned about some of the actors testing for the other three members of the superhero team.  Once again, Miles Teller‘s name is in the mix as he’s screen testing for the role of the elastic Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic.  Although Kit Harington was also mentioned as a possibility for the role, the actor won’t test for the role, and will instead star in Testament to Youth.

Hit the jump for more including a surprising twist to Dr. Doom playing the villain.  The Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.

Josh Gad Rumored to Play The Thing/Ben Grimm in THE FANTASTIC FOUR

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At this point, Fantastic Four fans should be ready for the upcoming film reboot, The Fantastic Four, to be a radical reinvention of the famous Marvel family.  It’s likely that they will be casting young on this one with names like Miles Teller, Kit Harington, and Richard Madden being rumored for Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan rumored for Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, and Michael B. Jordan all but officially confirmed to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch.  The only piece of casting news that hasn’t come up yet is who will play Ben Grimm/The Thing.  Today, we have the first casting rumor for the big, orange rock monster: Josh Gad.

Hit the jump for more.  Filming on The Fantastic Four is set to begin filming on March 31st for a June 19, 2015 release date.

Simon Kinberg Turns in THE FANTASTIC FOUR Script; Testing for Leads of Reed Richards and Sue Storm to Occur Later This Month

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112 days ago, we reported that Simon Kinberg would be rewriting the Fantastic Four reboot.  As of today, that rewrite has been turned in, which means 20th Century Fox is expected to start testing leads later this month.  Names circling the lead roles include Miles Teller, Kit Harington and Richard Madden for Reed Richards, with Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan for Sue Storm.  Michael B. Jordan is reportedly attached to star as Johnny Storm, and will test with each group to determine who has the best chemistry.  Director Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four is due in theaters June 19, 2015.  Hit the jump for more.

Start Dates Announced for THE FANTASTIC FOUR, TERMINATOR: GENESIS, and JURASSIC WORLD; All 3 Films to Shoot in Louisiana

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Three of 2015’s blockbusters will be setting up shop in Louisiana this summer.  Production weekly has announced that The Fantastic Four is set to begin filming in Baton Rouge on March 31st, which is a bit surprising since casting has yet to be announced.  If this March 31st date holds, then we should be hearing some casting news for the upcoming reboot very soon.  Next, Alan Taylor’s, Terminator: Genesis, will be shooting in New Orleans beginning on April 21st, and stars Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke.  Finally, Jurassic World starts filming on June 2nd, and will star Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins.  Both Terminator: Genesis and Jurassic World are still in the casting process as well.

These three films are scheduled to come out within a month of each other.  Jurassic World leads off when it opens in 3D on June 12th; The Fantastic Four follows in 3D on June 19th; and Terminator: Genesis will be released on July 1st.  I assume it will also be in 3D, but we haven’t heard an official announcement.

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