The Filmpocalypse is coming. All hail its mighty special effects!
The summer of 2015 is shaping up to be a world-ending four months of films so packed with the potential for awesome that when you look back, you’ll call the cops because you could’ve sworn somebody hacked into your bank account and stole all your money.
According to The Wrap, actor Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) is in strong consideration for the role of Johnny Storm in Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. The announcement came shortly after Allison Williams (Girls) was suggested to be a frontrunner for the character of Susan Storm. The reboot, which will largely ignore the failed early-2000s films starring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans, already has a planned release date of March 6th, 2015, with filming expected to begin in just a few short weeks. The film has mostly been flying under the radar so far, outshined by the Marvel Universe stuff and weighed down by two failed films in the 2000s, but with the announcement of Jordan’s consideration, it’s suddenly become a Big Story.
The Fantastic Four reboot, directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), is set to release March 6th 2015, and will most likely be in competition with the rumored Justice League film and Avengers 2. This new take on FF is supposed to be “funny and likeable” which is going to be a much needed departure from the almost obsessive “dark” quality being attached to many superhero films. (For this, I blame Nolan’s Batman trilogy).
Up until now, the run of Marvel Now! featurettes appearing on MTV’s website have felt largely like an ad campaign rather than an earnest, behind the scenes look of the publishers ‘next big thing’. With the release of episode 3, we get an entirely new feel to this series by setting the focus on family. Squaring a good amount of focus on Matt Fraction, getting this “inside baseball” look at not only his creative process, but family life, which will play a large role on his run of Fantastic Four, is a great message to send to your fans.
After seeing the impressively lackluster Fantastic Four in 2005 and the abysmal sequel in 2007, I was more than happy to forget the film ever existed and felt convinced that some titles just wouldn’t make decent adaptations. Much to my dismay, however, Fox has decided that yes, the world needs another Fantastic Four movie and that yes, it’s going to be coming out during the year when all the other major adaptations are coming out. (Hurray?)
Finally sucked it up and submitted my entry to Project Rooftop’s Fantastic Four redesign contest! I love superhero teams, especially ones who spend a lot of their time sciencing, so this was fun.
I decided to go with a midcentury-inspired/sci-fi look for their uniforms- not the most drastic change, of course, but I wanted something sleek that played around with the 4 iconography a bit more than usual. I Also took the bodysuit-as-wearable-computer concept a bit more literally with the optional retinal HUD, and made Ben a bit of a beefcake. Because why the hell not
While we were reporting Comic-Con news to you folks recently, we included some Marvel announcements about Fantastic Four and Daredevil getting the reboot/relaunch treatment. 20th Century Fox, who owns the rights to Daredevil, needed to be in production on its reboot later this year in order to keep the rights from reverting back to Marvel. But now, that deadline is fast approaching—October 10th—and Marvel and Fox are now negotiating the fate of Daredevil.
Reboots and relaunches are so hot right now. At Comic-Con, Fox announced developments on a couple of projects that may make you cheer or roll your eyes.
Fox has officially signed director Josh Trank (Chronicle) to direct a much-needed reboot of Fantastic Four. The reboot will include a new cast and will be the next Marvel property in line for production after The Wolverine. The young director’s sci-fi found footage Chronicle was critically acclaimed and a box office success. Here’s hoping Trank is the right man to reboot the franchise.