COMIC REEL: Kinberg on "Fantastic Four"; Trevorrow Reveals "Jurassic World" Details

Thu, May 29th, 2014 at 9:25am PDT

TV/Film
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

FANTASTIC FOUR

During press for "Days of Future Past," Simon Kinberg discussed the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot by Josh Trank, comparing the film to "Batman Begins" and "Iron Man."

"It’s not as goofy as the first movies; it has humor in it, but the humor is much more real and comes from character, not pratfall jokes," Kinberg told The Daily Beast. "It’s a much more dramatic film than it is a comedy. I would say it falls somewhere between Raimi’s first couple of 'Spider-Man' movies and 'Chronicle.' … The core fans were not wild about the original movies, and nor was I. Last summer, Emma Watts at Fox called me on the set of 'Days of Future Past' and said, ‘We really want to do a new 'Fantastic Four'.’ I said to her, ‘I’m interested but it depends how you want to do it.’ She said, ‘Talk to Josh Trank.’ We were shooting the Washington D.C. finale sequence in 'Days of Future Past' and I talked to Josh, and he had such a clear vision of what he wanted to do with the film that was so different from the other movies — it was grounded, real, gritty, and what it would really be like if you went through a transformation and lost control of your body. That, coupled with him wanting it to be a coming-of-age movie, felt fresh to me.”

Opens June 19, 2015

JURASSIC WORLD

/Film spoke with "Jurassic World" director Colin Treverrow about some of the recent leaks from the set, and Treverrow clarified a few of the misconceptions out there as a result.

"Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar. It sees more than 20,000 visitors every day," he said. "You arrive by ferry from Costa Rica. It has elements of a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park. There is a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a golf course. And there are dinosaurs. Real ones. You can get closer to them than you ever imagined possible. It’s the realization of John Hammond’s dream, and I think you’ll want to go there."

The entire interview is fascinating and well worth it for fans of the "Jurassic Park" films, with details on Chris Pratt's characters and the motivation behind setting the film 22 years after "Jurassic Park."

Opens June 12, 2015

MALEFICENT

"Maleficent" opens Friday and ComingSoon.net has a report from a roundtable with Angelina Jolie, who appeared in full costume for the interview and discussed everything from the character to the depth of the film and its appropriateness level for children.

"I think the depth of what children can handle and what they’re really interested in is much deeper than people assume," Jolie told press. "I think it’s why sometimes we make things too simple for them… People say, 'Is it too dark for children?' It’s not. They want to understand things that frighten them. They want to see dark things that happen and they want to see how to rise above them. They don’t want to be hidden from all things and have everything sweetened."

Opens Friday

WORLD WAR Z 2

Variety reports that Steven Knight will write the sequel to "World War Z" for Paramount. Directed by J.A. Bayona, the sequel will feature returning star Brad Pitt. Knight was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for "Dirty Pretty Things."

TEAM UNICORN SATURDAY ACTION FUN HOUR

Adult Swim has announced that production has begun on the "Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!" pilot, which stars Clare Grant, Rileah Vanderbilt, Milynn Sarley and Alison Haislip. Also starring are Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Tara Strong and Kevin Shinick. The pilot will be directed by Seth Green, and executive produced by Green and fellow "Robot Chicken" creator Matthew Senreich.

COMMUNITY

Vulture reports that fan-favorite sitcom "Community" may find a second life on digital platform Hulu. Currently, Hulu and Sony Pictures Television are in "active conversations" about possibly giving the series one final 13-episode season. Vulture rightfully notes that there is a big difference between "conversations" and "negotiations." Right now, it's very, very early days and a "Community" digital revival could still crash and burn. That said, the choice would make a lot of sense for Hulu, which has the exclusive digital streaming rights to the entire run of "Community." It's not as though the revival of a cult favorite television series is without precedent -- Netflix revived "Arrested Development" and got itself a wealth of good PR. It's entirely possible that the same effect could be replicated for "Community" and Hulu.

READING RAINBOW

LeVar Burton began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a "Reading Rainbow" initiative to bring the show to the web. Well, within 24 hours of being online, the campaign has exceeded its $1 million goal. The "Reading Rainbow" crew posted a video of Burton's reaction to surpassing the goal.

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TAGS:  fantastic four (movie), jurassic world, maleficent, world war z 2, team unicorn, community, reading rainbow

 
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