Producer Matthew Vaughn Has Some Odd Comments About The FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot
Production on the long gestating and often delayed Fantastic Four reboot is set to begin toward the end of this month in Louisiana and the cast has been assembled, though there is no official confirmation yet. We’ve heard nothing official about the film from 20th Century Fox or director Josh Trank at all. They have denied things repeatedly, but they haven’t revealed any information. Trank deleted his Twitter account recently, so we won’t even be hearing denials from him now. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, the film’s producer gives us one little breadcrumb of info that makes things even more confusing than they already were.
Matthew Vaughn is still heavily involved with Fox‘s superhero movies as a producer even after stepping away from directing Days of Future Past to work on other comic book related films like The Secret Service. Vaughn will serve as one of the producer’s on Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot and will help oversee the production later this year. In an interview with Empire about a wide variety of subjects, Vaughn was asked about the hotly debated movie. He says (via SuperHeroHype):
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.
While we pretty well knew it had nothing to do with the other Fantastic Four movies before it, the second part of Vaughn‘s comment is odd. That the movie won’t deal with “stretchy guy” and someone running around in a rock costume is a real head scratcher. The Thing comment isn’t too hard to swallow considering the character will most likely be CGI, but the “stretchy guy” comment sticks out. The ability to stretch is Mr. Fantastic’s only power (he had the big brain before, so that doesn’t count). Vaughn could mean that Mr. Fantastic‘s character arc won’t be similar to the one we saw in the previous films, giving us a more serious Reed Richards who doesn’t venture into comic relief territory, or the leader of the Fantastic Four might be undergoing a drastic change. We’ll have to wait and see, but Vaughn gives us something to think about for sure. The movie appears to have a cast consisting of Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Susan Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm. What do you think the producer was trying to say?
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