Fantastic Four movie to be 'gritty'
Fantastic Four fans can expect a darker interpretation of the comic book series in the upcoming movie reboot, screenwriter Simon Kinberg has promised.
Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell are set to star as the Marvel superheroes in the new film directed by Josh Trank, due to be released in June 2015.
Speaking to Crave Online at WonderCon 2014, Simon revealed: " It's a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple of movies. If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man.
"Raimi Spider-Man, yeah, not Amazing Spider-Man. Josh Trank's instincts are to be as realistic and grounded and real with this stuff as possible. In many ways I would say it's definitely more of a drama than comedy."
Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis starred in the 2005 adaptation of the comic books and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer.
Scriptwriter Simon added that the new reboot will still be true to the comic books, which are considered one of the lighter Marvel franchises, and would not be as dark as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Batman franchise.
Simon said: "It's still in the direction of Spider-Man. It's not like Dark Knight. And even Chronicle has a lot of fun in it. We're treating this as the origin of the Fantastic Four so in future movies you'd have them on sort of splashier adventures to some extent but in this one we tried to ground the science as much as possible and make it feel like it could take place in our world before it cantilevers into other worlds."
Meanwhile, Simon, who also worked on the screenplay for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, revealed the sub-plot he wrote for Anna Paquin's X-Men character Rogue had been cut from the movie, even though her name appears in the credits on the trailer.
He added: "I can't speak to any other rumours about any other way she could appear in the film, but I can tell you that the main plot that we shot with her, we pulled out of the movie."