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‘Fantastic Four’ Will Feel Like ‘Chronicle,’ Fox Chief Says

Marvel’s First Family returns to the big screen in 2015 courtesy of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. Little is known about the Chronicle director’s take, but according to Fox Production President Emma Watts, fans can count on the new Fantastic Four feeling similar to the filmmaker’s found-footage superhero debut.

“It’s Josh, so it can’t not have that feel,” Watts tells The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s his talent, that’s what he does, and that’s what excites him about it. It is a really interesting young cast [Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell], and he is the magnet that’s brought them all together.”

Watts cites Trank’s vision of Fantastic Four as a reason why superhero movies of the modern era have been and continue to be successful.

“[He] is using the vision he gave us in Chronicle to reinvent a franchise he’s loved his whole life,” she says. “It’s not that you can’t make original ideas — you can, and we did it with Chronicle. The director is the key to not letting superhero movies go stale. That’s the truth.”

Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.


  • WhatAParadox

    Nothing says superhero excitement like some found footage on someone’s cell phone!

  • CultureWarReporterEvan

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  • Fury

    Still doesn’t sound very ‘fantastic’….

  • Jonny_anonymous

    pls stop

  • CudaBiro

    So Trank is just confirming that he’s a one-trick pony?

    Or are they saying that he’s sucking the fantastic out of the Fantastic Four?

  • RayA11

    The Realistic Four!

  • lewis4510

    So it just confirms that this will be Chronicle 2 only they’ll just call it the Fantastic Four in order to cash in on the Marvel brand.

  • Derek Metaltron

    Everything I hear about this film makes me fear that Fox and Trank have no idea what makes Fantastic Four work. Granted that they did start out without costumes, but when you get suggestions like them being experimented on by the government, Sue and Johnny basically being mutants since their origins are entirely different to Ben and Reed – who, oh right, only got his smarts from the accident, right?
    Oh yes and they using the Ultimate tween versions with whiney teenagers and that stupid goat leg I’m so not Doctor Doom wannabe which no one likes. And it’s coming out in under a year and NO filming has started.
    Just please for all that is good and holy Fox, stop trying to make another Ashcan and give Marvel the rights back already.

  • bryan David Woodbury

    Please lord, if there is a omnipotent force. Squash this film and give Disney the rights. What a cluster@#$%

  • Jeff Gutman

    Stop. Just. …. Stop. The studio thinks they are drumming up interest with these little tidbits they are throwing our way, but they are just making fans hate the project more with every passing day.

  • Mike McTighe

    I guess for his next movie Boba Fett is going to be filming his summer vacation when an asteroid hits or something?

  • atalex

    What really annoys me about this is that when this idiotic overly high concept approach causes the film to bomb, racist morons will instead blame it on the fact that there’s a black guy playing the Human Torch.

  • tenshi yuki

    Well Chronicle was a great movie so I’m looking forward to see how this will turn out.

  • Shawn Patrick

    Every single piece of info on this movie just keeps making it sound worse than before.

  • Oddball

    Admittedly, that’s not exactly helping things.

  • Kapow

    Who’s the cinematographer?

  • David Fullam

    This is getting more upsetting every day.

  • FF Fan

    Sounds like the Humdrum Four to me. Nothing Fantastic going on here

  • Dalarsco

    I’m torn. I really, really like Chronicle. But I’m not sure it’s the right tone for FF. Of course this also could be an interesting throwback to it’s origins as a bridge between the old Atlas monster comics and the Marvel super-hero stuff.

  • Shane O’Neill

    if he loved it why is he doing his best to destroy it.

  • Colosul Titan

    OMFG!!! This is nothing like the FF at all!!! Granted, Chronicle was a very great movie (one of my favorites in fact), but this is BS!! The FF are about space adventures, anything outside that is just the icing on the cake. But here we have a southern American playing Johnny Storm, a ballerina dancer as the Thing, their origins being completely different, and now a director with a one trick pony mind who wants to have this film be shot with a regular old camera. THIS IS NOT THE FANTASTIC FOUR, THIS IS AN ABOMINATION FILM.
    On the bright side, I feel that if enough people complain about it, then FOX will definitely force Josh Tranks to either have him stick to the source material or find someone who will. Just like Sony did with the Spider-man 4 movie.

  • Person

    Honestly, I kind of like the idea…
    But I don’t think complaining would do anything at this point, anyway. There would be too much they’d have to change, and I don’t think they could push the movie back any farther or else the rights would just revert to Marvel, anyway.

  • 1bignutzo

    It will feel like chronicle, but look like a big smelly pile of sh!t.

  • Blade X

    I think that this is great news. Hell, this is the best news that I’ve heard about this movie. This movie potentially being another crappy played out found footage film ensures that this movie will perform far worse at the the box office then the 2 previous FF films (which were moderate hits).

  • TheotherBluth

    While I agree that these news releases aren’t making me more excited to see this, I think everyone needs to relax and wait until there is SOME footage before we sound the “It’s all going to Hell!” internet rants. If the first trailer hits and it looks like crap, then you can claim that Trank is ruining the F4, but for now all we have is speculation from people who aren’t Josh Trank.

    I’m excited for the cast, they’re all very talented, and that counts for a lot. Let’s all just chill out and wait for a trailer.

  • Politically Errectt

    … Yeah, I’m sure it keeps you up at night.

    Except, your the only one that’s really referring to that whole situation in these comments so far.

    Therefore, “THAT’S RACIST!”

    That’s enough of that s*** already. There’s a difference between crossing the line into prejudice territory and simply having an opinion.

  • stainedglassscarlet

    Please someone, do something to stop this from happening!

  • stainedglassscarlet

    Chronicle was a stinking pile by an amateur.

  • Michael Cassidy

    How about a FF movie that feels like an FF comic. Adventure, science, endless possibilities, family, a touch of sadness, no, no, thats asking way to much from these guys. Guess I will need to wait for the next reboot attempt.

  • DanCMH

    If I wanted to watch a film like Chronicle I’d watch Chronicle.

  • Ross Xander Diprose

    Is it racist to not want a black actor to play Johnny Storm? No its personal preference. I don’t want it because i actually want to see MY Fantastic Four on the screen, adapted faithfully.. which hasnt been done yet to my taste.

    Doesnt have anything to do with the fact that i dont like Michael B Jordan. He’s an excellent actor.. I just don’t want him for this role. Like I didn’t ever like the idea of Will Smith playing Steve Rogers. Call me crazy but the characters work pretty well as they are.

    On the flipside, i’d love for Idris Elba to play James Bond. Theres been tonnes of reinventions of that character and I think he’d be excellent. The same way i’d love to see an actor of non white origin play The Doctor in Doctor Who one day. Also I loved Idris as Heimdal in Thor, but what made it work was that he wasnt a central character that people were familiar with, and had only just been introduced to. I also quite liked Michael Clarke Duncan as the Kingpin in Daredevil, but thats another story.

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  • TheWolverine

    I have to say I’m quite proud of the comments so far. It’s good to know there are fellow fans who have great heads on their shoulders. And since many of you have already said what I was thinking I’ll just say this. Keep up the good comments. If enough of us keep saying that they aren’t applying the effort needed to make these films great, maybe they’ll start to listen.(However far fetched that might be. We can hope can’t we?)

  • uatu13

    This movie just gets worse and worse. Has this turd ever read a FF book before? Why the hell did they hire him for this movie? I’m sure there are plenty of other projects that could have benefited from a movie this style, but FF is not one of them! I’m skipping this piece of crap when it comes out and hope it bombs. Get it back to marvel’s hands ASAP!

  • Rick

    The Fantastic Four is a family. The grumpy wanna-be uncle, the super-smart successful brother-in-law, the pretty girl infatuated with her husband, and her kid brother who wants to hang out. They all just happen to have super-powers. That’s what makes it work. Sue and Johnny are haystack blondes. Messing with that history and their parentage throws everything off. Jessica Alba is hispanic and Michael Jordan is black. Jessica’s blonde hair looked fake as hell, and their familial relationship was never explained, not as I recall. Were they half-siblings, was someone adopted? Now they’ve created the same problem. Get it right or get out.

  • Lee S

    They are going stale, because origin stories of the same characters ever 5 years is boring.

  • Dalton Munnal

    We’re seeing a completely different origin story for these characters 10 years after the only time their origin has been shown on film (not counting the unreleased film), but sure, whatever you say.

  • Robert Bradley

    Or if I want to watch Chronicle can’t I just watch Chronicle?

  • Bazell

    I may agree that the movie teases being released are not encouraging, but I find it kind of hilarious to somehow give props to an internet community for having knee-jerk negative reactions. Just saying… it’s par for the coarse.

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  • jeez

    Wow, yeah, that’s exactly what we need – more found footage/faux documentary flicks. What a brilliant way to finally make this franchise profitable!

  • Victor Acosta

    This is supposed to be good news for fans? Really?
    The more I hear about this film, the less I want to see it.

  • Guest

    So it’s just chronicle 2, but in a way to also kick Marvel in the Nutts while they are at it?