Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four film was supposed to represent a defining turning point for the superhero quartet; to herald a time when Marvel’s First Family were accepted into the mainstream buzz and rub shoulders with the company’s other genre stalwarts. Alas, the much-touted reboot was, to put it mildly, a missed opportunity. But does that mean that Fox’s chastised franchise is beyond saving? Tommy Wiseau doesn’t believe so.
We’ve seen the fleeting signs of hope and potential buried beneath the film’s media circus, whether it’s the deleted sequences or Max Landis’ original script, but Wiseau is done looking at the botched blockbuster and is instead envisioning its planned sequel – a sequel he believes he could direct.
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Speaking in an interview with Milwaukee Magazine, The Room helmer spoke candidly about Fantastic Four, even hinting that he may have played a part in the origins story had Fox picked up the phone. No matter, because if the studio really is game on that purported follow-up, then Wiseau could be the one to supplant Trank in the director’s chair.
“You know, I told you I saw this Fantastic Four….it just….I’m not being critical- let me put it this way, I like it, I did enjoy it number one. Number two, it’s too bad they didn’t call me, that’s all I want to say and I rest my case. [laughs] That’s all I can tell you. Good response in Europe though, that’s my understanding, but it’s too bad they didn’t call me, that’s my point. Maybe if there’s a sequel, you know. You know, maybe your article gets me that job, who knows what will happen.”
At this point in time, what with the reports of studio meddling and internal bust-ups, we imagine that the prospect of helming Fantastic Four 2 – or whatever subtitle it winds up with – is the cinematic equivalent of a hot potato. Granted, there is ostensibly zero chance of Trank returning for a second helping of Marvel’s First Family, though even if Fox really is to push ahead with the follow-up, the studio needs to get its ducks in a row long before the cameras begin rolling.
Either that or it’ll have a tough time securing its reimagined Fantastic Four – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell – for another adventure.
Source: Milwaukee Magazine