The first trailer for Fox‘s “Fantastic Four” went public barely an hour ago, but director Josh Trank has already made the rounds promoting the debut, and helping fans to dissect what they’re seeing after months of (often uneasy) anticipation.
Providing ‘commentary’ for the teaser at Yahoo Movies, Trank is joined by screenwriter/executive producer Simon Kinberg to emphasize theri desire to present a younger FF, “the next generation.”
“[Stan Lee] loved the idea that somebody would take the Fantastic Four seriously and put them in a modern space,” Trank said of his more hard sci-fi approach to the characters, and the approach taken to casting them. “We wanted [the movie] to be grounded and dramatic and we went for the four most dramatic actors.”
In a move sure to echo the organic/mechanical web-shooters debate Sony is all to familiar with, Cosmic Rays are no longer responsible for the Four’s transformations. Instead, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben receive their powers after attempting to travel to another dimension. “I really wanted to see science in science fiction, which I think we rarely see,” Trank explained.
Meanwhile, Empire Online has another interview with the duo that focuses more on the importance of releasing exactly the right footage for the film’s first teaser.
“We live in a time where there’s a required instant gratification from audiences,” Trank explained. “That’s a fun challenge in terms of putting together this teaser, picking and choosing how much you’re actually giving away.”
“There is a mystery, and the slow immersion into that is part of the experience of what will ultimately be the movie,” Kinsberg added. “We wanted it to feel different and represent what’s unique about the film. It has a little more restraint, maybe, than some other trailers these days.”
Trank also expanded on the idea that his FF takes a much more realistic approach to the team’s origins than the previous movies. “You can’t have the word ‘fantasy’ or ‘fantastical’ without a contrast,” he said. “It has to stem from a grounded experience. You can’t have bad without good, you can’t have right without wrong, you can’t have fantastic without mundane. You need to experience all that to really earn the title of the film, ‘Fantastic Four.'”
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