News surrounding the upcoming 20th Century Fox Fantastic Four reboot has been scarce, to say the least. The most we’ve learned to date is that the Fox reboot will be directed by Josh Trank and with his help, the team leading the film at Fox are interested in getting the film into production as soon as possible.
Mark Millar, a famed comic book creator and Marvel consultant for 20th Century Fox, recently spoke with SFX magazine about the upcoming reboot, offering some interesting insight into the creative thought process behind the movie and what fans can expect to see in the upcoming film.
Speaking about what the Fantastic Four reboot has to get right, Millar had this to say:
“These first two movies were not very good but I’m quite sentimental towards them. I took my youngest daughter to see the first one, she was only five when it came out, and she thought it was the best film ever made. At the end, when Johnny Storm says, ‘Flame on!’ for the first time, she thanked me for taking her to see it. So even though it was a crap movie that memory makes me sort-of like it in a strange way. For the new one all they have to do is make it great. It sounds obvious and it is. Sam Raimi gave us a great Spider-Man. Christopher Nolan gave us a great Batman. So a brilliant director is probably the most important thing for a great Fantastic Four. Tim Story was seen as an odd choice for Fantastic Four but when you have a Josh Trank you know you are in safe hands.”
More exciting were Millar’s comments on potential cross-overs between the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters, who he says will share a universe:
“Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.”
Fox’s willingness to allow for crossovers between the two films will hopefully create a lot more depth in Fox’s alternate Marvel universe, similar to what we’ve seen with the main Marvel Cinematic Universe. Time will tell how the appearance of a new set of heroes — or mutants, as some are bound to view them — will affect the X-Men‘s seven movie deep universe, but if the right care is given to it, we’re sure it can be as successful as crossovers seen in such films as Iron Man and the mega-crossover hit, The Avengers.
No casting, release date, or plot announcements have been made for the Fantastic Four reboot, but it is rumored to be headed toward production shortly, meaning that we should start receiving a steady flow of news soon!