Simon Kinberg is a very busy man. As a writer and producer, he has been attached to films like ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’, ‘Elysium’, and ‘Jumper’, but recently he has taken larger roles in some fan favorite franchises by boarding projects like ‘Star Wars: Rebels’, ‘Gambit’, and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. Additionally, he has taken on writing duties for Josh Trank’s upcoming reboot of ‘Fantastic Four’, which has just started filming. Recently, he discussed Marvel’s First Family and compared their latest film to some of the best superhero movies of the modern era.
During an interview with The Daily Beast to promote ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, Kinberg shared that he was approached by Fox to take on the remake while filming the latest X-Men movie and mentioned the things that sounded appealing about the new take to him:
“We were shooting the Washington D.C. finale sequence in Days of Future Past and I talked to Josh, and he had such a clear vision of what he wanted to do with the film that was so different from the other movies—it was grounded, real, gritty, and what it would really be like if you went through a transformation and lost control of your body. That, coupled with him wanting it to be a coming-of-age movie, felt fresh to me.”
The writer went on to discuss the tone of the new Fantastic Four by dismissing the ones that came before it and stating that it’s more like Jon Favreau’s first film featuring Tony Stark and Christopher Nolan’s version of the Caped Crusader:
“The tone of this movie will feel as unique as when you saw ‘Iron Man’, ‘X-Men’, or ‘Batman Begins’ for the first time. It’s not as goofy as the first movies; it has humor in it, but the humor is much more real and comes from character, not pratfall jokes. It’s a much more dramatic film than it is a comedy. I would say it falls somewhere between Raimi’s first couple of ‘Spider-Man’ movies and ‘Chronicle’.”
Finally, Kinberg touched on the controversial casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm AKA the Human Torch. Besides clearly identifying the ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ star as the best actor for the job, he also shares that they had the Generalissimo’s blessing to make the change from the source material:
“Yeah, the way we went about casting Fantastic Four was, ‘Who is the best actor for the part?’ We didn’t go into it saying we wanted to cast a particular race for any part. Josh had worked with Michael on ‘Chronicle’ and I’m a big fan of Michael’s, so we knew he was the best actor for that part. We knew casting an African-American Human Torch would be news, but I can tell you it’s something that Stan Lee loves, and I can also tell you that having been on set and seeing Michael bring him to life, he’s really spectacular. He’s doing something really cool with the character that I think will become the iconic Johnny Storm.”
No matter what you think about the casting of Jordan as the Human Torch, you have to at least be a little bit interested by the comparisons Kinberg is making. A ‘Fantastic Four’ movie similar to ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Batman Begins’? Well, I’m definitely interested, but what about you? Are you excited for Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four’ written by Simon Kinberg? Let us know in the comment section.
‘Fantastic Four’ starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell hits theaters on June 19, 2015.