Plainly speaking, the Fantastic Four reboot is a complete mess. After a promising start it gets gradually worse until the disjointed, haphazard final act is barely recognizable as the engaging sci-fi superhero movie it started out as.
Director Josh Trank recently took to Twitter and suggested his original vision for the film was completely different, and the studio was to blame for how it turned out. Of course, Fox maintains it was Trank’s attitude and behaviour on set which caused the problems.
Like most things, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle – but the following report from Collider Movie Talk may help to shed some light on things. Here’s what John Campea had to say:
“I’ve got a source, fairly close to the production of this film, who had told me that the movie that Josh Trank and Fox had agreed on making included 3 really big action set pieces. That was all agreed upon, it was part of the flow of the movie. And a movie is like a puzzle, you have all the pieces in place. You start messing with pieces and suddenly the whole puzzle can look out of whack.
And they had agreed upon this vision for a film. And days before production began, Fox came in and made him pull 3 main action sequences out of the film. I was also told, the ending of the film was not even Josh Trank’s. At some point they hijacked the editing bay from him. To the point that the editing of the film was done without him.”
Whether all of that is accurate or not, judging by the finished product it definitely makes sense anyway. It’s a shame, too, as the film certainly could have been something special with the talent involved and fans were excited to see the superhero team finally get the franchise that they deserved.
Now, the planned sequel and X-Men crossover have been thrown into jeopardy, and while neither has been officially cancelled as of yet, it’s not looking very likely that we’ll be seeing this version of the Fantastic Four on the big screen again any time soon.
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