Fox creative consultant Mark Millar spoke with SciFi Now magazine about Josh Trank’s upcoming reboot of the “Fantastic Four” movie franchise, emphasizing Trank’s skill in storytelling.
“‘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,” Millar told SciFi Now. “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.”
Opens March 6, 2015
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
IGN spoke with “Star Trek Into Darkness” producer Bryan Burk about the upcoming “Star Trek” sequel and the meaning behind the title of the film.
“I didn’t say it wasn’t dark in content. Visually it’s not dark,” Burk told IGN. “Everyone keeps talking about darkness, but in my mind that’s something that’s visually dark or post-apocalyptic. That’s not what this is. But emotionally it is. It goes to a place where it’s a heavier film, a bit like all of our favorite sequels. Be it ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ which is a darker film emotionally than ‘Star Wars.’ And ‘Godfather 2’ is significantly darker. I’m referencing the best movies ever made here, but the idea of making it weightier and heavier – that’s the stuff we love. Our intention going forward was not to make a fluffy sequel. It was to take a real step deeper with these characters.”
Opens May 17, 2013
Y: THE LAST MAN
New Line cinema has announced that Dan Trachtenberg has been hired to direct the film adaptation of “Y: The Last Man.” Trachtenberg, a commercial director who has created ads for top-tier brands like Coke and Lexus, made a splash in the world of gamer culture when he published a short film based on “Portal” to YouTube. Trachtenberg’s hiring is the latest development in the process for the film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Vertigo Comics epic, which has been in development since 2007.
Crave Online spoke with Seth Gabel about his upcoming appearance as the Count Vertigo-inspired villain The Count on the CW’s “Arrow.”
“Count Vertigo in the comic book I believe is Eastern European,” Gabel told Crave Online. “In this I play definitely American of some kind, but the adaptation of him being a count, it’s more of a nickname for this street thug drug kingpin who’s selling a drug known as Vertigo on the streets of Starling City. So instead of having a super power, my super power is actually manifested in the drug that I’ve gotten people hooked on.”
The actor also elaborated on the drug, saying it “gives people the feeling like they’re walking on air, but that’s if you take it orally. If you inject it into your body, it has very different kinds of effects. That is extremely dangerous and a huge threat to Starling City and needs to be stopped.”
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
Cartoon Network has released new clips for its DC Nation programming block, including a new “Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld” short and clips from “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” and “Young Justice.”
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2
Crave Online spoke with Bill Pullman about his new comedy “1600 Penn” and the actor gave a brief update on where things are for an “Independence Day” sequel, noting that director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin have a plan. In fact, there are two plans: one if Will Smith decides to return for the sequel and one if he doesn’t.
“The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing but I think there’s strategies for both,” Pullman told Crave Online. “I like what I have to do in both of them. I’m not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It’s a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED
Voices From Krypton has posted the first part of a retrospective on the now-classic “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” animated series, speaking with executive producer Bruce Timm on the origins of the show, going all the way back to “Superman: The Animated Series.”
“We didn’t quite know what to do with Superman the way we did with Batman,” Timm said. “Even though, again, we were dealing with a big iconic hero. We all kind of got Superman, we knew what made him tick, but he didn’t have the psychological underpinnings that Batman did, which is what made Batman instantly interesting to us. One of the things we toyed with at the time was doing a Superman show that was half Superman and half the Justice League, where it was almost a Superman team-up show. At that point, when we talked about doing a back door Justice League show, some of the lineup we picked for that pitch were not the standard Justice League characters. I don’t think Flash was in it, John Stewart was. Wonder Woman wasn’t in it. So it was much more the kind of Justice League that was going on in the comics world at that time. You have to remember that the classic lineup of the Justice League wasn’t really in existence in the early ’90s. That’s one thing I’ll give Grant Morrison a lot of credit for. He was the one who went to DC and said, ‘You know, if you want to revitalize Justice League, you’ve got to go back to the original seven, that core iconic group,’ and he was right. By the time we got around to doing the actual Justice League show, Grant Morrison’s idea had already implemented in the comics and we looked at that and said, ‘Yeah, that’s a really smart idea.'”
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