It’s not even been out for a week yet, but the rumblings surrounding what went wrong with 20th Century Fox’s new Fantastic Four movie continue. It’s seven days since director Josh Trank sent and then deleted a Tweet arguing that he had made a “fantastic version” of the film, one that we would never get to see. Since then, the swathe of publicity – and not very positive publicity – has been non-stop.
The Hollywood Reporter has fresh details, not least in revealing that Trank reportedly sent an email to some of the cast and crew days before the movie opened, saying that the new Fantastic Four was “better than 99 percent of the comic book movies ever made.” One cast member reportedly replied “I don’t think so.”
It doesn’t sound like Trank had a particularly fun time on the set of the film, with the report arguing that the director “resisted help” and that “he holed up in a tent and cut himself off from everybody.” “He was extremely withdrawn,” notes the piece.
There’s quite a lot of tittle tattle in there too, but it does seem that at first, Fox was on board with the grittier version of Fantastic Four that Trank had originally pitched to them. As one crew member told The Hollywood Reporter, the speed of getting the film into production was a major problem. They argue that the movie was “ill-conceived, made for the wrong reasons and there was no vision behind the property. Say what you will about Marvel but they have a vision.”
Furthermore, the studio “were afraid of losing the rights so they pressed forward and didn’t surround [Trank] with help or fire him. They buried their heads in the sand.” That contrasts slightly with the line earlier about Trank resisting help, which again points to the fact that there’s little close to a definitive version of what actually happened.
Still, late and obvious reshoots eventually ensued, and a fresh ending to the film was put together. Yet while Josh Trank was on set for those reshoots, he “was neutralized by a committee.” Drew Goddard at one stage was reportedly brought in to help try and save the movie, although that’s not been confirmed.
Neither Fox nor Josh Trank directly contributed to The Hollywood Reporter‘s article, and indeed, apart from one Tweet, the director himself hasn’t has his say on reports yet. One day, his full side of the story may emerge.