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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Scribe Simon Kinberg Talks 'The Fantastic Four' Tone and Origins

Over the weekend X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot scribe Simon Kinberg was at WonderCon to talk about both films. He was a last minute replacement after director Bryan Singer dropped out due to the recent controversy. First off Kinberg got into the tone of the upcoming Fantastic Four rebooting stating that its a cross between Spider-Man and Josh Trank's Chronicle:
"It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies, If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man."
When asked if he ment the original Spider-Man films or the new Amazing Spider-Man series he goes onto specify:
"Raimi Spider-Man, yeah, not Amazing Spider-Man. Josh Trank’s instincts are to be as realistic and grounded and real with this stuff as possible. In many ways I would say it’s definitely more of a drama than comedy." He adds, "It’s still in the direction of Spider-Man. It’s not like Dark Knight. And even Chronicle has a lot of fun in it. We’re treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you’d have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent but in this one we tried to ground the science as much as possible and make it feel like it could take place in our world before it cantilevers into other worlds."

 Then the guys over at Den of Geek spoke with the scribe about the origins and age of the new rebooted Fantastic Four team:
"We’re definitely telling a younger story that the original films did, They’re older than high school, but they’re not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is."
 When asked if the new movie with showcase the original origin story of Marvel's First Family the screenwriter remained strangely coy:
 "There is archetypal imagery of how they get their powers, for sure, and it does involve some sort of scientific travel."
 Fantastic Four hits summer 2015

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