Fans of the Fantastic Four upset by actress Kate Mara’s recent comments about the Fox reboot may take some comfort in screenwriter Simon Kinberg’s assurances that the director Josh Trank’s “science adventure” does indeed take its cues from the comics — even if it’s not a direct adaptation of any one run.
“I actually think that this Fantastic Four movie is sort of a celebration of all the Fantastic Four comics that have preceded it,” Kinberg, who also serves as an executive producer, tells Latino Review. “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 scientists and that it’s almost like this science adventure, more than being superheroes, they are almost like scientific adventurers, that’s a big part of the movie too.
“We also owe a lot to the Ultimate’s and the current crop of Fantastic Four comics and you’ll see that. I don’t want to give anything away but you will see it in the details and a lot of the story telling. It’s really sort of inspired by all the different history of the Fantastic Four comics. I think what Kate meant, and I read that comment, I think what she meant which was right is that it’s not based on any one run. Days of Future Past was obviously based on Days of Future Past comic run and that was something that I could easily give the actors to read and they’d know the whole story. In this case because we are really snatching details, story lines, moments, action sequences from across the whole gambit of the decades of Fantastic Four, there isn’t one comic that defines the movie.”
Kinberg explained the tone of Fantastic Four has remained grounded, but that it has evolved because the actors have lived in the characters for so long. He also said that, even though the film is based on a variety of sources, it will still feel like a Fantastic Four film, not “something just to use the title as an excuse to do a goofy kids movie.” He then completely dodged a question about the movie’s found-footage feel.
Contrary to rumors, Kinberg said Fantastic Four won’t have a presence this week at Comic-Con International. “I can definitively, officially tell you that there will not be anything from Fantastic Four at this year’s Comic Con,” he said. “We are still very much in the middle of shooting and we don’t want to show anything until it’s ready and it’s not ready yet. We want the first stuff that we show from the film to really blow people away, and it will but we have got to wait until it’s ready.”
Starring Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell, Fantastic Four arrives June 19, 2015.