THE FANTASTIC FOUR First BTS Images Revealed As Josh Trank Talks In-Depth About the Reboot

Featuring Michael B. Jordan in costume as the Human Torch, the first production images for The Fantastic Four have just landed online, along with an extensive interview with director Josh Trank.





While there's been secrecy and a lack of promotion for this year's reboot of Marvel's First Family, Collider has exclusively revealed two of the first official production images from The Fantastic Four, as well as an extended interview with director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg. The former filmmaker features in one of the behind-the-scenes images, while the other features the latter on-set alongside actor Michael B. Jordan, aka Johnny Storm, who appears to be suited up in his Human Torch suit. The interview is quite lengthy, but Collider has provided some highlights which include Trank saying that they "consciously decided to not release anything official" until now, the story is essentially "a modern telling of how these four iconic characters came together and came to be," Philip Glass and Marco Beltrami are scoring the film, recent additional photography was nothing major, and "the original shoot was seventy-two days and they were on-schedule and on-budget." Regarding influences on The Fantastic Four, Josh Trank further explains that Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg and his films, Scanners & The Fly, are big influences for the look of the reboot, while there are also "influences of what Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were doing in the 60’s all the way up into the present day," plus "The Ultimates was also an influence and a lot of the science specifics are there." Trank and Kinberg also reveal that they are very influenced by Marvel Studios' shared universe even though "it's tricky to combine X-Men and Fantastic Four because the X-Men films don’t acknowledge the Fantastic Four and The Fantastic Four takes place in the same time period as the modern day X-Men movies." Furthermore, Trank reveals that his first cut of the movie was "around 2 hours and 10 minutes," but the final run time "will probably be between 2 hours and 2 hours and 20 minutes." As for Easter eggs, producer Simon Kinberg teases that "there's a lot in the movie and there's one on the teaser trailer (which will be premiering in three weeks with Kingsman: The Secret Service on February 13) that people can freeze frame and try to find." To read the interview in its entirety, make the jump to Collider. What do you think?

Directed by Josh Trank, The Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell with Reg E. Cathey, and the film is scheduled for release on August 7, 2015.
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