Thursday, May 01, 2014

"Fantastic Four" Movie Updates

Along with actor Toby Kebbell confirmed as Marvel Comics' 'Doctor Doom', the casting net is out for another Marvel Comics' super-villain that will appear in the new Fox "Fantastic Four" feature, to be directed by Josh Trank ("Chronicle"), that unlike previous live-action adaptations, according to "Kick-Ass" producer Matthew Vaughn, will be no laughing matter:

Actor Tim Blake Nelson is in final negotiations to play the villain 'Mole Man', aka 'Harvey Elder', "...a socially awkward scientist who is spurned by the world around him. 

"Elder goes underground where he becomes to the ruler of the subterranean 'Moloids', attacking New York City..."

"It's a total reboot, that's for sure," said Vaughn about the new film. "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."

Aiming for a more "...grounded superhero and sci-fi..." action adventure, screenplay is by Jeremy Slater. 

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the team's original comic book characterization was initially different from all other superheroes, because they did not conceal their identities, leading the public to be both suspicious and in awe of them. Also, they frequently argued and disagreed with each other.

Described at the time as "heroes with hangups", the 'Thing' has a wicked temper, the spoiled 'Human Torch' resents being a teenager among adults, 'Mr. Fantastic' blames himself for the Thing's grotesque transformation, while 'Sue Storm', aka 'The Invisible Woman', is in love with 'Reed Richards, but also has liaisons with 'Namor the Sub-Mariner'.

To date there have been four "The Fantastic Four" animated TV series, one New Horizons Roger Corman-produced TV movie and two Fox feature films.

The new Fox reboot of "The Fantastic Four" will be released June 19, 2015.

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