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Fantastic 4 exec: Reboot is 'Spider-Man meets Chronicle’ coming-of-age story

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Apr 21, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT (Updated)

Josh Trank proved he can make a cool superhero movie with Chronicle, but he’s yet to take a crack at working on someone else’s intellectual property. So what should we expect from his Fantastic Four reboot?

Producer Simon Kinberg was on hand at the recent WonderCon event and dropped some major clues about what we can expect once this movie finally comes together. For one, he confirmed that we’ll meet the gang when they’re around college age, telling Den of Geek the film will serve as a “coming-of-age story” for Marvel’s First Family.

Kinberg was also pressed on exactly how he’ll handle the origin story, which has iconically played out with the gang getting blasted by cosmic rays during a space flight. That’s where he got cagey, but he admitted that they’ll pay homage to the “archetypal imagery of how they get their powers” and that it does involve “some sort of scientific travel.” Yeah, that’s vague, but at least it’s something ... and does leave the door open for something more along the lines of Ultimate Fantastic Four's N-Zone teleportation.

Though he’s obviously keeping the plot close to the vest, Kinberg did have a lot to say about the film’s tone, which he described as a combination of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Trank's found-footage debut Chronicle. Here’s an excerpt, via Crave Online:

“It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies. If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man.

It’s still in the direction of Spider-Man. It’s not like Dark Knight. And even Chronicle has a lot of fun in it. We’re treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you’d have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent but in this one we tried to ground the science as much as possible and make it feel like it could take place in our world before it cantilevers into other worlds.”

Trank’s reboot of Fantastic Four is tentatively penciled in to open around 2015, and will star Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Do you like what we’ve heard so far? Is this project on the right track?

(Via Den of Geek, Crave Online)

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