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By SP_COP on January 28, 2015 | From www.vulture.com
The Fantastic Four Movie Seems Really Good All of a Sudden Talk about a change in momentum! For months, 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot seemed dead in the water — in no small part because the studio had given us almost no information about it. After all, we’ve been trained to follow superhero-movie publicity cycles that offer a steady drip of tantalizing details and images as much as a year before the flick screens. The Fantastic Four (complete with a definite article, a la The Fast and the Furious or The Wolverine), by contrast, had spawned almost no confirmed and fleshed-out details since its casting announcements. We were left with vicious rumors about a troubled production plagued by clashes with the studio and riddled with questionable plot choices. (Dr. Doom being some kind of hacker? Hoo, boy.)

But our information drought abruptly came to an end last night, and now we’re flooded with details, footage, and ideas … and what we’ve learned should give us hope! In fact, I haven’t been this excited about a superhero franchise in a long time.

(For those not in the know, the basic setup of The Fantastic Four, as laid out in the Marvel comics they’ve starred in since 1961, is as follows: A scientist, a young woman, the woman’s hotshot brother, and a tough kid from the wrong side of the tracks all get into a scientific accident that gives them the power to transform their bodies in strange new ways. The team has already been adapted into film a few times, all of them critical disappointments.)

First off, we saw a lengthy interview that Collider scored with director Josh Trank (best known for his fascinating indie-superhero movie Chronicle) and writer Simon Kinberg (who penned one of the better superhero movies of the modern era, X-Men: Days of Future Past). They were cagey about the plot but gave some supremely tantalizing tidbits about the tone and creative direction.

For example, it seems The Fantastic Four is going to be the first superhero film scored by Philip Glass. Yes, that Philip Glass: the revolutionary minimalist who altered the course of Western music — and who has produced some of the most beautiful film scores of all time, from Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and The Hours to Koyaanisqatsi and its sequels. He’ll be working with Marco Beltrami, who is no stranger to superhero cinema: He scored Guillermo del Toro’s Blade II and Hellboy.

The rest of the information from the interview was heartening, though a lot of it could turn out to be bluster (most notable: They spent a significant amount of time doing damage control, saying they hadn’t released information previously because they wanted to maintain an aura of mystery). But if we take Trank and Kinberg at their word, they seem to be doing something fascinating and unique: creating the first big-budget superhero movie that’s rooted in hard science-fiction and body horror....
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