Simon Kinberg Explains Why We Haven’t Seen Anything from THE FANTASTIC FOUR

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As we laid out recently, there are a lot of superhero movies coming up; the year 2016 will bring us seven such films alone.  One of the biggest question marks in the near future, however, is The Fantastic Four reboot.  It’s not so much that there’s doubt about director Josh Trank (Chronicle) rebooting the material, or that fans are unsure about the casting—Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Tobey Kebbell is a really solid lineup.  It’s that we haven’t seen a single thing from this movie yet.  Granted, it isn’t set to hit theaters until next August, but by this point we’ve usually seen something from a property of this scale.  Marvel released the first Ant-Man image and poster the week that filming began.  Warner Bros. has been rolling out a number of promo images for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and that doesn’t come out until 2016.

There’s been plenty of speculation as to why 20th Century Fox hasn’t shown anything from The Fantastic Four yet, but producer Simon Kinberg recently offered an explanation for the delay: it’s all about making the best first impression possible.  More after the jump.

Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2015 to 2020

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There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is that of the superhero movie.  Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero movies in droves.  With every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture.  Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.

After the jump, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2020.  Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever looking for the latest news on a specific film, you can come right back here for a quick overview.

Miles Teller Talks WHIPLASH, BLEED FOR THIS, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, Wanting to Play Elvis, and More

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One of my favorite films this year is writer/director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash.  The film stars Miles Teller as a jazz drummer who aspires to greatness under a ruthless instructor, played brilliantly by J.K. Simmons.  While the film focuses on musicians, it’s really about anyone trying to become great at something and the cost of achieving said goal.  Trust me, it’s a great movie and something you should seek out when it comes to a theater near you.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

Last week at the Los Angeles press day I landed an extended video interview with Miles Teller.  He talked about what the past year has been like, the experience of premiering at Sundance, how he views the promotional circuit, the tight 19-day schedule to shoot Whiplash, his interaction with Simmons on set, his relationship with Chazelle, preparing for Bleed for This and how he approaches preparation in general, how it felt to play a superhero in The Fantastic Four and getting along with the other actors in New Orleans, wanting to play Elvis, what he’s looking to do in the future, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Marvel’s Vendetta against Fox Continues; Comic Writers No Longer Allowed to Create New X-MEN Characters; FANTASTIC FOUR Comics to End Next Year

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While Sony Pictures and Marvel might be able to work out a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the bitter rivalry between Marvel and 20th Century Fox continues.  Fox owns the screen rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, and Marvel has retaliated by undermining those properties.  According to Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont [via Bleeding Cool], the company has forbidden the creation of new X-Men characters because those characters could then be used by Fox.

Hit the jump for more on how Marvel is trying to hurt Fox’s profits even if it means canceling comics.

FANTASTIC FOUR Release Date Pushed to August 7, 2015; ASSASSIN’S CREED Pulled from Schedule

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20th Century Fox is pushing its Fantastic Four reboot release date back a couple of months.  Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), the film was originally scheduled to hit theaters on June 16, 2015, but Fox has now opted to move the pic to August 7, 2015.  While August doesn’t necessarily seem like better real estate than June for the summer movie season, Disney had massive success in slating Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy for the beginning of August this year, which benefitted from the dearth of quality films throughout the rest of the month.  The Fantastic Four will now square off against the all-ages horror comedy Goosebumps with Jack Black, but what of Fox’s other film that was slated for release on August 7th?  Well the studio has now pulled Assassin’s Creed from the schedule entirely, giving it a “TBD” release date.

Hit the jump for more, including a release date shift for the John Green adaptation Paper Towns.

Kate Mara Shares Celebratory FANTASTIC FOUR Image to Mark End of Filming

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One of the bigger “huh?” moments from this year’s Comic-Con was the complete lack of anything from 20th Century Fox’s The Fantastic Four.  Granted, director Josh Trank‘s superhero adaptation was in the midst of production and barreling towards a fast-approaching June 19, 2015 release date, but fans were hoping to see at least a title treatment or image from the pic.  Alas, no such preview emerged, but Invisible Girl herself Kate Mara has now shared a kind of Fantastic Four image by way of a celebratory selfie with her fellow FF members.  “That’s a wrap on Fantastic Four” the tweet reads, though it’s unclear if that means the entire production has wrapped, the principal castmembers have wrapped, or only Mara has wrapped.  Regardless, since we’ve seen nothing official from the film thus far, it’s kind of neat to see Mara, Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Thing) all together on the streets of New Orleans.

Hit the jump to check out the image for yourself.  Hopefully a genuine piece of Fantastic Four material will show up in the coming months.  The film also stars Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, and Reg E. Cathey.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR Skips out on Comic-Con But Offers a Glimpse at The Thing

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Apparently Fox decided not to bring any marketing for The Fantastic Four to Comic-Con this weekend, even though the Josh Trank-directed picture is currently shooting in Louisiana and will debut before next year’s convention.  However, a very unofficial image has leaked out into the interwebs that shows what is apparently the film’s new version of The Thing.  Jamie Bell is playing the rocky humanoid hero, aka Ben Grimm, and thankfully it looks like he’ll be doing so through motion capture.  It looks pretty good, but the bar was previously set laughably low by poor Michael Chiklis’ rock suit in the last effort.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Also starring Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, and Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom, The Fantastic Four is set to open June 19, 2015.  

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.

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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.

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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.

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