The Fantastic Four (2015 film)

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The Fantastic Four
Directed by Josh Trank
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Simon Kinberg
  • Jeremy Slater
Story by
  • Jeremy Slater
  • Josh Trank
Based on Fantastic Four 
by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Starring
Cinematography Matthew Jensen[2]
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
Country United States
Language English

The Fantastic Four is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the third theatrical Fantastic Four film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox and a reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise. Directed by Josh Trank, the film stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater wrote the screenplay from a story conceived by Kinberg and Trank. The film is said to be based in part on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic-books.

In August 2009, the development of the film was announced. In July 2012, Trank was hired to direct and Slater to write the screenplay. In October 2013, Kinberg was hired as a co-writer. By January 2014, Kinberg finished rewriting the script and casting began. Principal photography commenced in May 2014 and concluded in August the same year. The film was shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on August 7, 2015 in North America, in 2D and 3D theaters.

Cast[edit]

Teller said of the role, "When I read the script, I didn't feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible superhero tale. These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four. So for me it was just a really good story and gives me an opportunity to play something different from my own skin."[3]
Mara said that she was supposed to read the Fantastic Four comic books for preparation. However, director Josh Trank suggested to her that it was unnecessary with writer Simon Kinberg adding, that the film is not based on a single issue of the Fantastic Four comic books.[4] Mara has also said that she intended to focus on making her character "as real as possible".[5]
Jordan said of the cast, "We're more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards – try to be as normal as we can."[6]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

"This Fantastic Four movie is sort of a celebration of all the Fantastic Four comics that have preceded it. We have elements from the original Fantastic Four that there's a sort of optimism and inspirational quality to the film. In some ways a comedy that was really distinct in the original Fantastic Four. Also, the notion of this dysfunctional surrogate family that comes together and has to work together is very present in the movie that owes a great debt to the originals and this idea that they are scientist and that it's almost like this science adventure, more than being superheroes... We also owe a lot to the Ultimate's and the current crop of Fantastic Four comics."[4]

—Simon Kinberg on adapting the Fantastic Four comic books into film.

In August 2009, 20th Century Fox announced a reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise. Akiva Goldsman was attached as producer and Michael Green was hired to write the script.[7] In July 2012, Josh Trank was hired to direct and Jeremy Slater was hired as screenwriter.[8][9] In February 2013, Matthew Vaughn was attached as a producer and Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to polish the script.[10][11] In October, Simon Kinberg was hired to co-write and produce the film.[12]

Kinberg said that the film is a celebration of all Fantastic Four comic books and its inspired by its history. He added that Trank had a vision for the film to be more grounded, more character driven, more emotional, and a little more dramatic compare to the previously released Fantastic Four films.[4] According to 20th Century Fox's consultant for their Marvel Comics based films, Mark Millar, it would take place in the same universe as the X-Men film series.[13] However, Kinberg contradicted his statement.[14]

Casting[edit]

In January 2014, Kinberg has finished rewriting the script and casting for the roles of Reed Richards and Sue Storm began.[1] Miles Teller, Kit Harington, Richard Madden and Jack O'Connell were tested for the role of Reed Richards, while Kate Mara, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Emmy Rossum were tested for Susan Storm.[15][16] In February, it was revealed that Michael B. Jordan would play Johnny Storm / Human Torch and Mara was cast as Sue Storm / Invisible Woman.[17] Jordan had previously worked with Trank on his debut film Chronicle (2012). In March, Toby Kebbell was cast as Victor von Doom / Doctor Doom.[18] Teller confirmed that he would portray Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic and in addition to confirming Jamie Bell had been cast as Ben Grimm / The Thing.[19] Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, and Domhnall Gleeson were considered for Doctor Doom.[20] In April, Tim Blake Nelson entered final negotiations to play Harvey Elder.[21] In May, Reg E. Cathey was cast as Sue's and Johnny's father, Dr. Storm.[22]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography commenced on May 5, 2014 at Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and ended on August 23, 2014.[23][24][25] The film was planned to be shot in Vancouver, Canada, but was moved to Louisiana due to the state's film production tax incentives.[26] On August 15, actor Jaylen Moore tweeted a photo of a commemorative jacket he received from the producers for working on the production, revealing the film's title as The Fantastic Four.[27]

Post-production[edit]

The film is using OTOY for the visual effects. According to Josh Trank, with the use of cloud-rendering technology from OTOY, they can create visual effects at a much lower cost.[28] The film will also be converted to 3D in post-production.[29]

Release[edit]

The film is scheduled for release in North America on August 7, 2015 in 2D and 3D theaters.[30] The film was originally scheduled in December 2012 for a March 6, 2015 release date,[31] and was later changed again in November 2013 to June 19, 2015.[32]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel is scheduled to be released on July 14, 2017.[33]

References[edit]

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