“I’m a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they’re transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control,” director Josh Trank said earlier this year about this approach to the superhero flick. And he’s doubling down on that as the release for “Fantastic Four” draws closer.
“I just kinda jumped to ‘body horror’ in my head,” Trank told EW. “ ‘Chronicle’ is about the evolution and strengthening of unique powers. This movie is really viewing them as a curse.”
But of course, making that work in the confines of a big summer spectacle can be tricky, and it’s something that the cast is acutely aware of. “We have all the ingredients to make something special,” Michael B. Jordan says. “Now we have to just wait and see how that cake turns out.”
Still lots of time left in the oven though, as “Fantastic Four” opens on August 7th. Check out another new image via USA Today.