Fantastic Four director wanted movie to feel more like a horror film

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Apr 10, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

Director Josh Trank keeps coming up with new and inventive ways to describe his reboot of Fantastic Four.

In a new item posted at Entertainment Weekly as part of its summer movie preview, Trank says that the tone of his film is a cross between Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton, an approach he categorizes as "dark Amblin." Coming off his 2012 hit Chronicle, also about young people who suddenly gain superpowers, Trank said he took a "body horror" view of the Fantastic Four:

“Chronicle is about the evolution and strengthening of unique powers. This movie is really viewing them as a curse.”

The article also details how 20th Century Fox teamed Trank with its go-to superhero movie writer/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), with Trank telling Kinberg that he had two goals for the film: He wanted it to "feel scary and very real, more like a horror movie than a superhero flick," and he ultimately saw it as a "coming-of-age story.”

This isn't the first time Trank has spoken of the film in terms of horror, saying in an earlier interview that he viewed what happens to the Four -- being physically mutated during a journey between dimensions -- as something almost out of a David Cronenberg film. 

It may not sound exactly like the comics, but it's certainly a different take on this mythology, and one that sounds at least more interesting than the misguided approach taken by the two Fantastic Four movies that came out last decade. 

Can Trank and his cast -- Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), Kate Mara (Sue Storm) and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) -- pull it off? We'll find out on Aug. 7. Meanwhile, here's a new photo (to go along with yesterday's pic) of Grimm/The Thing from Entertainment Weekly's preview: