Producer Matthew Vaughn Assures Fans That New ‘Fantastic Four’ Is “A Total Reboot”

By March 3, 2014

Although there has been little doubt that Josh Trank’s upcoming The Fantastic Four film would start the superhero franchise over again with fresh blood and fresh stories, one of the film’s producers has taken the time to make it crystal clear that the new film is its own beast (and oh, yeah, he also seems to have little love lost for the last two Fantastic Four films).

Producer Matthew Vaughn sat down with Empire (via ComingSoon) to share a little bit about the project, telling the publication, “It’s a total reboot, that’s for sure.” Vaughn, who most recently wrote and directed X-Men: First Class, sure seems excited about the new possibilities, mainly because it’s fairly obvious that he was not a fan of the last two Fantastic Four films, which hit theaters in 2005 and 2007. He told Empire: “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 of polystyrene. And it’s not a comedy.” Right, no stretchy, no bad rocks, no comedy. Got it!

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As of now, it’s unclear how Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg will introduce the characters to the world, though ComingSoon notes that “many rumors have pointed to radical alterations of the characters’ origins, and while the filmmakers have debunked some of them, fans remain skeptical about what lies ahead for the future of the franchise.”

Although hard and fast information on the film is slim, at least a stellar cast seems to be in place, including Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic (not “stretchy guy”), Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (not “guy running around in rock that looks like it’s made of polystyrene”). And it’s not a comedy, okay?

The Fantastic Four will hit theaters on June 19, 2015.

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Kate Erbland
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