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Trank made these comments during an interview with Empire, where he was also joined by The Fantastic Four’s writer and producer Simon Kinberg. Kinberg added to these remarks by saying that The Fantastic Four will look to emulate the "Ambin-style approach to characterization, and to contextualizing everything in a real world." Basically, what the pair are trying to reinforce is that The Fantastic Four will be oozing verisimilitude, and the quartet of unexpected superheroes won’t have blue lycra stretched across their body.
But which classic Spielberg tale is The Fantastic Four likely to pay homage to in the summer? Well, the film’s dark textures, color palette and dim cinematography -- each of which were prevalent in the trailer -- immediately reminded this writer of E.T. Even the quick glance of suburbia made me think of Spielberg’s seminal 1982 masterpiece. Meanwhile there’s also bound to be touches of Jurassic Park's suspense and pacing, especially within The Fantastic Four's action scenes.
But, even though it was released before Amblin Entertainment was formed, Trank and Kinberg's aforementioned comments make me think that Spielberg's own Close Encounters Of The Third Kind will be the biggest influence on The Fantastic Four, especially as it plays on how an alien encounter has real-world effect on its characters. It probably won’t be anything like The Color Purple or Schindler’s List, though.
There’s the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. The opportunity is right there in the material. We’d rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page.
It still remains to be seen if Josh Trank can actually deliver his vision. But with each new passing trailer, clip and comment regarding The Fantastic Four, my confidence in the picture grows. And it’s shaping up to be one of the most intriguing and riveting superhero pictures of the modern era. We’ll see if The Fantastic Four can match these expectations when it hits screens on August 7.