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Mark Millar says that Josh Trank's adaptation of Fantastic Four will be "jaw-dropping"

Jan. 9, 2013by: Paul Shirey

After wowing audiences with his breakout found-footage superhero pic, CHRONICLE, director Josh Trank is busy readying his next film, a reboot of THE FANTASTIC FOUR.  Speaking to SciFiNow, producer/Marvel movie-runner-for-Fox Mark Millar dropped some info on why he feels Trank is best-suited for the gig and how the process is taking shape, where he makes some bold claims.

“From what I’ve seen and from talking to him – he and I have had dinner a couple of times and we talk quite regularly as well – he’s contemporarising it,” said Millar. “I think he’s just making it work for the screen – he’s a great storyteller."

Millar went on to elaborate about on the connection between CHRONICLE and THE FANTASTIC FOUR, saying, “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 seems to have great faith in the direction the film is headed, making a claim that we've heard before. “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.”

Millar is a passionate guy, especially about comics.  I think he's an inspired choice as Fox's lead for their Marvel properties, although I just wish they could merge and be done with it.  Unite the clans!  Anyway, I think Trank is a talented guy and I look forward to seeing what he brings to what I consider some of the most boring superheroes in the Marvel U. 

THE FANTASTIC FOUR is slated to open March 6, 2015.

It's gonna be pretty hard to top this, though...

Extra Tidbit: I get the feeling this could easily get buried in 2015 with a few other rather epic films being released that year. What do you think? Does it stand a chance?

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10:45PM on 01/11/2013
Reed Richards is now a ringer for Clive Owen. Is this deliberate? Did Marvel approach Clive Owen to use his likeness for Reed Richards the way they did with Samuel Jackson and Nick Fury a while back?
Reed Richards is now a ringer for Clive Owen. Is this deliberate? Did Marvel approach Clive Owen to use his likeness for Reed Richards the way they did with Samuel Jackson and Nick Fury a while back?
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10:39PM on 01/10/2013
The Fantastic Four are my favorite Marvel team (next to the X-Men of course) I'd love nothing more than to see a studio get them right for once.
The Fantastic Four are my favorite Marvel team (next to the X-Men of course) I'd love nothing more than to see a studio get them right for once.
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3:01PM on 01/10/2013

One Thing....(no pun intended)

The one thing DC has going for it that Marvel doesn't is there properties rights aren't scattered about from movie studio to movie studio. When DC gets there act together, which I think they will, it'll be great to see cameo's from the entire universe!! I just hate the fact that they get so scared to throw an extra hero or two in any number of DC's movies (joke) Oh wait they don't have that many movies out yet.....but still Green Lantern? C'mon they could have thrown us a few xtras. This fear
The one thing DC has going for it that Marvel doesn't is there properties rights aren't scattered about from movie studio to movie studio. When DC gets there act together, which I think they will, it'll be great to see cameo's from the entire universe!! I just hate the fact that they get so scared to throw an extra hero or two in any number of DC's movies (joke) Oh wait they don't have that many movies out yet.....but still Green Lantern? C'mon they could have thrown us a few xtras. This fear has got to end if they want to make good Super Friends movies.
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1:31PM on 01/10/2013

FANTASTIC

I'm DEFINETLY hip to this news! The Fantastic Four re-boot is a VERY welcome super-hero info as far as Marvel characters go. I prefer the DC universe but, Fantastic Four is my personal favorite within the Marvel Universe. The last 2 films "FANTASTIC FOUR" (2005) & "FANTASTIC FOUR : RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (2007?) were just terrible jokes on the audience. I was really disappointed with those movies. I think the director of CHRONICLE will fair much better than the director of BARBERSHOP!
I'm DEFINETLY hip to this news! The Fantastic Four re-boot is a VERY welcome super-hero info as far as Marvel characters go. I prefer the DC universe but, Fantastic Four is my personal favorite within the Marvel Universe. The last 2 films "FANTASTIC FOUR" (2005) & "FANTASTIC FOUR : RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (2007?) were just terrible jokes on the audience. I was really disappointed with those movies. I think the director of CHRONICLE will fair much better than the director of BARBERSHOP!
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1:42AM on 01/10/2013
The one comic book property with soooo much potential, a great villain, colorful stories ( I'm tired of the switch to dark stories, batman is dark, keep it that way) and I know they will still find a way to completely ruin this film. A damn shame.
The one comic book property with soooo much potential, a great villain, colorful stories ( I'm tired of the switch to dark stories, batman is dark, keep it that way) and I know they will still find a way to completely ruin this film. A damn shame.
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11:12PM on 01/09/2013
Can't wait for this reboot. I am a huge fan of the Fantastic Four and cant wait to see what new changes this reboot delivers.

Jon Hamm for Mr. Fantastic, Elizabeth Banks for The invisible Woman, Jensen Ackles for the Human Torch, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan for The Thing.
Can't wait for this reboot. I am a huge fan of the Fantastic Four and cant wait to see what new changes this reboot delivers.

Jon Hamm for Mr. Fantastic, Elizabeth Banks for The invisible Woman, Jensen Ackles for the Human Torch, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan for The Thing.
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8:35PM on 01/09/2013
Jaw-dropping good or Jaw-dropping bad? There's a difference.
Jaw-dropping good or Jaw-dropping bad? There's a difference.
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4:36PM on 01/09/2013

Millar sorta gives me hope...?

I don't know. It's always a good idea to have someone who's actually worked in comics to be involved on these films, particularly FF. FF was always gonna be a hard nut to crack, as the comics themselves don't really fall into the generic superhero genre. They're sci-fi adventure stories with excellent chemistry between the members. Tim Story just made it into a shitty, forgettable action-comedy, with no one but Chiklis and Evans resembling their parts in any way whatsoever. I'm hopeful, as FF
I don't know. It's always a good idea to have someone who's actually worked in comics to be involved on these films, particularly FF. FF was always gonna be a hard nut to crack, as the comics themselves don't really fall into the generic superhero genre. They're sci-fi adventure stories with excellent chemistry between the members. Tim Story just made it into a shitty, forgettable action-comedy, with no one but Chiklis and Evans resembling their parts in any way whatsoever. I'm hopeful, as FF could potentially be, not a game-changer, but a breath of fresh air.
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3:36PM on 01/09/2013
Mark Millar proclaiming a movie he's associated with is going to be phenomenal?

There's a first.
Mark Millar proclaiming a movie he's associated with is going to be phenomenal?

There's a first.
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3:27PM on 01/09/2013

love it........NOT

Love it when the cast and crew make a movie sound awesome and it doesn't deliver.
Love it when the cast and crew make a movie sound awesome and it doesn't deliver.
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3:03PM on 01/09/2013

Awesome moments of awesome CGI don't matter if the story isn't there

Chronicle was a very basic story told with text book formula to bulk up the moments in between the CG stuff. I'm not buying this and I guess we'll all see how it turns out eventually.
Chronicle was a very basic story told with text book formula to bulk up the moments in between the CG stuff. I'm not buying this and I guess we'll all see how it turns out eventually.
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2:37PM on 01/09/2013

A Reboot is needed

I love FF and it's never been done justice, sadly its still Fox so likely that will not change.
I love FF and it's never been done justice, sadly its still Fox so likely that will not change.
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2:31PM on 01/09/2013

That jessica alba one...

Was good popcorn fun
Was good popcorn fun
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2:24PM on 01/09/2013

I just hope

its a little more serious than the last outing, it was way to bubble gummy in the same way the original spiderman trilogy was, instead of becoming an event and leaving you with a few emotions (either way), it was just a OK with movie with lots of camp, made mostly for 12 year old boys. I say adult it up a little and take it a bit more serious and it could be great.
its a little more serious than the last outing, it was way to bubble gummy in the same way the original spiderman trilogy was, instead of becoming an event and leaving you with a few emotions (either way), it was just a OK with movie with lots of camp, made mostly for 12 year old boys. I say adult it up a little and take it a bit more serious and it could be great.
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1:58PM on 01/09/2013
It's still Fox. They'll find a way to fuck it up.
It's still Fox. They'll find a way to fuck it up.
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1:55PM on 01/09/2013
We live in hope of a truly fantastic FF movie.
We live in hope of a truly fantastic FF movie.
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1:48PM on 01/09/2013

A whiny Reed Richards and Emo Johnny Storm?

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