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Matthew Vaughn says The Fantastic Four will be dark and not a comedy

Mar. 4, 2014by:

Now that the cast has been revealed, we need some details about the movie. I would expect that whatever happens, THE FANTASTIC FOUR is going to be tonally the opposite of the two Tim Story films.

Producer Matthew Vaughn was recently asked about the Josh Trank film by Empire and shared some scant details about what we can expect from the reboot, both regarding the tone of the film.

It's a total reboot, that's for sure. It's got nothing to do with the other bloody ones."

It's not stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it's made polystyrene. And its not a comedy."

I don't think that there was any doubt that THE FANTASTIC FOUR would drop the campy style of the previous two movies, but I don't think they can abandon humor entirely. THE FANTASTIC FOUR is shaping up to be a lot like Marc Webb's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN in relation to Sam Raimi's trilogy. In that comparison, it did take an entire film before the movie loosened up a bit as the upcoming THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 looks a lot funnier and not quite as stark as the first movie.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell is set for release on June 19, 2015.

Source: Empire

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1:02PM on 03/05/2014
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10:38AM on 03/05/2014
It better be a comedy like the first one, because right now the cast is a joke!!
It better be a comedy like the first one, because right now the cast is a joke!!
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9:44AM on 03/05/2014
And I'm supposed to believe they can combine the FF and X-Men into one shared universe? They haven't a clue about the FF and the X-Men is a mess. If they ever do try it'll be a fucking disaster.
And I'm supposed to believe they can combine the FF and X-Men into one shared universe? They haven't a clue about the FF and the X-Men is a mess. If they ever do try it'll be a fucking disaster.
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10:40AM on 03/05/2014
if they actually made X-Men as convoluted and stupid as it is in the comics it would be laughable, so ease off ur geekdome and accept those movies are pretty well done (minus the last stand). But maybe we can kill them all and bring them back over and over again where death has no meaning or we can give them multiple background stories that contradict each other, or things can just be a dream for whole runs of movies like in comics?
if they actually made X-Men as convoluted and stupid as it is in the comics it would be laughable, so ease off ur geekdome and accept those movies are pretty well done (minus the last stand). But maybe we can kill them all and bring them back over and over again where death has no meaning or we can give them multiple background stories that contradict each other, or things can just be a dream for whole runs of movies like in comics?
8:56AM on 03/05/2014

That's what they all say

And the cast is nothing but kids that sat at the cool table in HS. seriously, this is going to be worse than Silver Surfer. That's a fact.
And the cast is nothing but kids that sat at the cool table in HS. seriously, this is going to be worse than Silver Surfer. That's a fact.
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8:21AM on 03/05/2014
The people behind this film have probably never touched a FF comic book in their lives and it shows in the casting they made and by the sounds of it the script as well.
The people behind this film have probably never touched a FF comic book in their lives and it shows in the casting they made and by the sounds of it the script as well.
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3:11AM on 03/05/2014
Alex... Sorry... But wtf are you talking about?
Alex... Sorry... But wtf are you talking about?
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2:49AM on 03/05/2014
Their "pulling ideas out of a hat" approach to filmmaking really seems to have angered some people. Who'd a thunk it.
Their "pulling ideas out of a hat" approach to filmmaking really seems to have angered some people. Who'd a thunk it.
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11:40PM on 03/04/2014

stupid fanboys

Love how people are constantly complaining about this movie, saying they don't care and yet any news about the Fantastic 4 reboot always has a shit load of responses.

Bitch, bitch, bitch, cry cry cry. Whether it's to laugh at its failure or to see how good it could possibly be (not like the original were these great masterpieces), guarantee at least 90% of the people who post here will see it.

Fuckin hypocrite fanboys.
Love how people are constantly complaining about this movie, saying they don't care and yet any news about the Fantastic 4 reboot always has a shit load of responses.

Bitch, bitch, bitch, cry cry cry. Whether it's to laugh at its failure or to see how good it could possibly be (not like the original were these great masterpieces), guarantee at least 90% of the people who post here will see it.

Fuckin hypocrite fanboys.
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10:57AM on 03/05/2014
your just as bad as the fanboys. They complain cuz they want to see the characters they grew up with and dont agree with the direction a film appears to be heading in. You complain and curse them for the way they feel and the comments they leave behind. Hypocrites or not, right or wrong. Your always gonna get that.
your just as bad as the fanboys. They complain cuz they want to see the characters they grew up with and dont agree with the direction a film appears to be heading in. You complain and curse them for the way they feel and the comments they leave behind. Hypocrites or not, right or wrong. Your always gonna get that.
9:48PM on 03/04/2014

How novel.

God forbid we have a superhero reboot that's any fun.
God forbid we have a superhero reboot that's any fun.
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9:31PM on 03/04/2014
They lost me at its not about stretchy guy.
They lost me at its not about stretchy guy.
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3:13AM on 03/05/2014
Diddo
Diddo
9:28PM on 03/04/2014

Oooh, "Dark", that'll sell! [/sarcasm]

... just like Superman, I always think of the FF4 as a group of dark, broody, humorless crusaders of the night. Never once did I consider it a slightly "lighter" affair than, say, The Punisher. But I sure hope it's bleak and X-rated. Just the way the FF4 should be depicted! Splash of color?! NO! Make it in grainy black & white to drive the point home!
... just like Superman, I always think of the FF4 as a group of dark, broody, humorless crusaders of the night. Never once did I consider it a slightly "lighter" affair than, say, The Punisher. But I sure hope it's bleak and X-rated. Just the way the FF4 should be depicted! Splash of color?! NO! Make it in grainy black & white to drive the point home!
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3:16AM on 03/05/2014
Have you ever read a FF COMIC BOOK BEFORE or seen any of the 4.5 cartoons?
Have you ever read a FF COMIC BOOK BEFORE or seen any of the 4.5 cartoons?
9:03PM on 03/04/2014
I hate how all super movies are associated with comedy. BRING YOUR CHILDREN!!!
I hate how all super movies are associated with comedy. BRING YOUR CHILDREN!!!
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5:29PM on 03/05/2014
Children still read the comics. I mean really?
Children still read the comics. I mean really?
8:20PM on 03/04/2014
The film is going to suck anyway, so everyone involved can just go fuck themselves.
The film is going to suck anyway, so everyone involved can just go fuck themselves.
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3:15AM on 03/05/2014
YOU TELL EM BROTHA!
YOU TELL EM BROTHA!
7:42PM on 03/04/2014

I WON'T REST UNTIL I GET MY SILVER SURFER MOVIE

I'll go and see this only because I hold on to a glimmer of hope that this will be done right but I want my SILVER SURFER movie dammit.
I'll go and see this only because I hold on to a glimmer of hope that this will be done right but I want my SILVER SURFER movie dammit.
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7:32PM on 03/04/2014

No thanks

Keep it.
Keep it.
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7:31PM on 03/04/2014
I can't wait for someone promoting one of these movies to go "whatever made you think it was going to be dark? Light and fluffy, b*tches!"
I can't wait for someone promoting one of these movies to go "whatever made you think it was going to be dark? Light and fluffy, b*tches!"
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6:52PM on 03/04/2014
I don't give a shit anymore.
I don't give a shit anymore.
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6:47PM on 03/04/2014

hmmm

Does Josh Trank fall into the "Terry Gilliams" of the world or would Zach Snyder create a Josh Trank category after this abysmal movie.
Does Josh Trank fall into the "Terry Gilliams" of the world or would Zach Snyder create a Josh Trank category after this abysmal movie.
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6:16PM on 03/04/2014

financially 'dark'

Like 'empty theatre' dark, obviously...
NOW that fucking casting makes sense !
Like 'empty theatre' dark, obviously...
NOW that fucking casting makes sense !
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6:03PM on 03/04/2014
I don't remember the other ones being that bloody. I will say that the new fantastic four comics and FF are inspired, despite never really caring about any of the characters
I don't remember the other ones being that bloody. I will say that the new fantastic four comics and FF are inspired, despite never really caring about any of the characters
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6:12PM on 03/04/2014
Oh and is it me, or does ASM2 not look funnier to me? It looks like it's more "epicish," or trying to be. And Matt has been a bit off with the films he isn't directing, as of late
Oh and is it me, or does ASM2 not look funnier to me? It looks like it's more "epicish," or trying to be. And Matt has been a bit off with the films he isn't directing, as of late
6:41PM on 03/04/2014
Matthew Vaughn is English. Bloody doesn't mean "full of blood" in this case...
Matthew Vaughn is English. Bloody doesn't mean "full of blood" in this case...
5:25PM on 03/04/2014
"It's not stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock..."

...you sure about that, Vaughny? I've never read a single FF comic or watched the movies, but to me, that IS the entire conceit of the story, along with see-through lady and fire fella. I could be wrong, though.
"It's not stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock..."

...you sure about that, Vaughny? I've never read a single FF comic or watched the movies, but to me, that IS the entire conceit of the story, along with see-through lady and fire fella. I could be wrong, though.
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5:24PM on 03/04/2014
if it's not a comedy then why am I laughing at the casting choices?
if it's not a comedy then why am I laughing at the casting choices?
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5:36PM on 03/04/2014
Amen.
Amen.
5:15PM on 03/04/2014
I'm thinking this will be more in line with The Amazing Spider-Man in terms of tone, not The Dark Knight, so why is everyone complaining again? Would they prefer a repeat of the first two films?
I'm thinking this will be more in line with The Amazing Spider-Man in terms of tone, not The Dark Knight, so why is everyone complaining again? Would they prefer a repeat of the first two films?
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4:55PM on 03/04/2014
Sounds like somebody's not too familiar with the books...
Sounds like somebody's not too familiar with the books...
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3:17AM on 03/05/2014
Well said.
Well said.
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4:47PM on 03/04/2014

Dark?

I see that he said it won't be a comedy but I missed the part where he said anything about it being dark. Unless you're referring to the casting of Michael B. Jordan.
I see that he said it won't be a comedy but I missed the part where he said anything about it being dark. Unless you're referring to the casting of Michael B. Jordan.
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4:41PM on 03/04/2014

not sure!

Casting teens = DARK DARK tone!!!
Casting teens = DARK DARK tone!!!
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5:14PM on 03/04/2014
Let's see, Mara is 31, Jordan is 27, Teller is 27, and Bell is 27. Seems like the ideal age if you intend on making multiple films. A better question is what do you consider a teenager?
Let's see, Mara is 31, Jordan is 27, Teller is 27, and Bell is 27. Seems like the ideal age if you intend on making multiple films. A better question is what do you consider a teenager?
11:02AM on 03/06/2014
And they look like adults like in marvel in your eyes?
And they look like adults like in marvel in your eyes?
4:38PM on 03/04/2014

yeah right

dark in modern hollywood is a farce, perhaps the word dammit is in the script.
dark in modern hollywood is a farce, perhaps the word dammit is in the script.
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4:22PM on 03/04/2014
whatever...
whatever...
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