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First Look: Michael B. Jordan on Set of Josh Trank's 'Fantastic Four'

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January 26, 2015
Source: Collider

Fantastic Four

For anyone who has been wondering why we haven't seen anything from Josh Trank's new adaptation of Fantastic Four, we finally have an answer. The director participated in an exclusive interview with Collider to discuss the film and clear some things up about some troubling rumors about production, and the conscious decision to hold back any sort of marketing materials until they felt ready. Trank also discusses influences on the film, including David Cronenberg's The Fly, and we finally have an image from the set, showing off Michael B. Jordan in what appears to be the suit he will wear as Human Torch.

Here's the image of Michael B. Jordan from the set of Fantastic Four from Collider:

Fantastic Four

That may not be the blue suit we've come to expect, but Trank says, "This is a modern telling of how these four iconic characters came together and came to be.” So maybe this is an early version of the suit before they get into the signature blue outfits. But this could just as easily be a new take on the costumes, especially with those four tally marks, which appears to be a minimalistic logo for the team. So what can we expect from this new origin story?  Trank explains the kind of movie he was shooting for:

"Maybe the biggest influence for me in terms of an overall view and communicating tool to the various department was Scanners or The Fly. In terms of the feeling of what these powers are. Because the drama speaks for itself in terms of the script or the story but the look of the movie and the feel of the movie has to be more evocative.

I would say that the science fiction of it is a big thing that sets it apart from most of the other superhero genre films. I’m a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they’re transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control. And the potential for a hard sci-fi take on that material makes me really excited."

So it sounds like this is going to be a very grounded take on Fantastic Four, much different than what we saw from the films Fox made in the past with the superhero quartet. Trank also reveals some other interesting details, including that composer Phillip Glass is scoring the film with Marco Beltrami. In addition, the final cut of the film will be between 120 and 140 minutes. We'll be getting a teaser trailer soon, but in the meantime, you can read the full interview with plenty more details from Josh Trank and bits from producer and writer Simon Kinberg over at Collider. Getting excited for Fantastic Four?

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  • Zade_92
    I'm interested but also very weary of a good outcome
  • Bruiser
    This will suck
    • cg
      based on what reasoning?
      • ryderup
        Dr Doom being a hacker?
        • desispeed
          hopefully the evil blogger storyline for Doom was either tossed out or edited enough that its glossed over
  • Godzilla
    I have a lot of faith in Trank, I absolutely loved Chronicle, and I really like what he said about Scanners and The Fly. Also, putting a Cronenberg twist on Fantastic Four might be all the franchise needs...
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Trank's a pretty good actor, but im just skeptical on the whole story line they're putting on this franchise.
  • ragethorn
    Trailer looked great!
    • Franklin Carpio
      Yea, the trailer had a dark feel to it. Got my attention.
  • spiffyman
    I just saw the trailer myself and I must looks good. Getting away from the fluff and goof to tell a story that could be entertaining. And it looks way better then ant-man
  • OfficialJab
    That sounds like an okay description. But can they make the stretchy power not look stupid? That will be the true test I think.

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