The last Fantastic Four movie, 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, may have crashed and burned in both the hearts of comic-book fans, and in the tills of box office bean counters, but there’s a sense of cautious optimism surrounding Chronicle director Josh Trank’s reboot, set for release 6 March 2015.
Trank may seem like a wildcard choice to us, but to Fox’s Marvel superhero overseer Mark Millar, this rising indie talent is the perfect fit for the superteam that built Marvel Comics.
“From what I’ve seen and from talking to him – he and I have had dinner a couple of times and we talk quite regularly as well – he’s contemporarising it,” said Millar, talking exclusively to SciFiNow. “I think he’s just making it work for the screen – he’s a great storyteller.
“Chronicle, if you think about it, was similar to Fantastic Four in that it was a bunch of people who were transformed into something more than human – that turned out almost his calling card to come and do something like Fantastic Four.
“What I wasn’t expecting actually was just how funny and likeable he could make this as well as getting the more awesome moments on screen – I use awesome in the traditional British sense and not the California sense awesome, you know? The Ridley Scott moments, and the Fantastic Four really are jaw-dropping in the same way you feel when you saw Alien for the first time. There’s some moments in this – not to be specific – that are actually gonna be phenomenal on screen and stuff you haven’t seen in a superhero movie before.”