Michael B. Jordan being cast as the Human Torch in Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot is one of the most exciting casting announcements in recent memory. Jordan is a tremendously talented guy, and seeing him have the opportunity to play a hero who has traditionally been white is the kind of thing that the superhero movie genre needs.
But from the sound of things, Trank’s Fantastic Four won’t be quite like anything we’ve ever seen before. MTV caught up with Jordan recently and asked him about the film, and he had a lot of fascinating things to say about what’s going on behind the scenes:
Yeah, we have been pretty much in our own world, that’s really the only way we could get a project like this done. It is so massive, so many moving parts, so many moving pieces, things are changing every day.
The script is evolving, [you make] on set decisions on the fly, things are always constantly changing. Me personally, I block out that extra noise and I focus on the job I have to do. It is an important film for all of us…We’re taking it seriously, taking a lot of risks. I think it’s going to pay off…
As much as everybody thinks that these projects are cemented in years before, they’re not. There’s so many things that you just can’t account for. You know, you can try and plan as much as you want, but you get there on game day and you get thrown a curve ball, I guess, hey, the game plan goes out the window. You’ve got to adapt.
Josh’s vision is very clear and he knows exactly what he wants, and he gives us room to adapt and to play. That’s what I kind of think sets us apart, is that this is going to be grounded and unconventional.
It’s not your typical superhero film, you know, we aren’t looking at this as like, being superheroes. We’re more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards – try to be as normal as we can.
I wonder if his comments about not being able to account for everything reflect the standard challenges that every production faces when cameras start to roll, or if there’s something a bit more going on there. This movie has been very quiet on the publicity front, and even the scoop masters haven’t been able to get much out of them when it comes to the full story of what the movie is going to be. I think I remember reading a few sites speculating that there could be some trouble brewing in the script stage, and Jordan’s comments are interesting because with that wording, it could mean that they’re basically pulling an Iron Man and writing the movie on the fly, or it could be nothing at all.
Anyway, I’ll be interested to see if this film makes an appearance at Comic-Con this coming week, and if they show off any footage to get the crowd on their side. As of now, I’m cautiously optimistic about this movie, but until I see a trailer or some footage, I think I’ll stay that way. What about you? Are you looking forward to seeing a new version of The Fantastic Four on the big screen?
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