Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank revealed in an interview last month that his "hard sci-fi take" on the Marvel comic books was similar to the early films of David Cronenberg. While we'll have to wait until August 7 to see if that comparison is valid, David Cronenberg himself revealed in an interview with Collider that he thinks it's a compliment that his work helped influence Josh Trank's theme and tone on Fantastic Four. Here's what he had to say below.
"It's fine. Once you've contributed your voice to the cinematic conversation, it's out there and it's up for grabs, absolutely. So I don't complain. In fact, I take it as a compliment."
He also added that this is nothing new for him, stating the 1979 classic Alien "ripped off" certain aspects of his 1976 film Shivers, which also featured an alien parasite that bursts out of the host's chest.
"As far back as Alien, for example, which totally ripped off things from my movie Shivers - Shivers featured a parasite that lives in your body, bursts out of your chests, jumps onto your face, and jumps down your mouth, and suddenly you see this in a studio film, which was hugely successful, Alien. The writer of the script, Dan O'Bannon, had seen Shivers, we know that he had seen my movie and, shall we say, appropriated it. So this is not new stuff for me."
The filmmaker added that he's glad Josh Trank actually admitted to referencing his work, since many other filmmakers would not do so.
"When you come up with something original and it really strikes a chord in people, it's going to be imitated, it's going to be appropriated, and it's actually kind of nice when someone just flat out admits it. That's actually pretty good. Not everybody does."
In the January interview, Josh Trank specifically said that David Cronenberg's early movies Scanners and The Fly heavily influenced the look of his Fantastic Four reboot. Are you looking forward to a "hard sci-fi take" on these Marvel superhero characters? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for the next trailer, as we get closer and closer to the August 7 release date.