Those who were looking forward to seeing Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four in 3D this summer are about to have those hopes clobbered, as the director himself has announced that the film will not get the three dimensional conversion that was originally planned.
Recent promotional materials and advertisements for the film have removed mentions of 3D entirely, causing Final Reel to reach out to 20th Century Fox for clarification. The studio replied with confirmation that the titular super family will only appear in 2D, and passed along this quote from Trank himself:
“I want the viewing experience of Fantastic Four to remain as pure as possible for the audience, which means in 2D, just as we shot the movie.”
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While Trank’s comments certainly make sense creatively, this won’t stop those who are already skeptical about this new reboot, and will only add fuel to the already raging fire against it in the fan community. Rumors have long been swirling that, following problems with Trank as a director, the film had to go through extensive reshoots. On top of that, speculation has already begun that the lack of a 3D conversion is not because Trank wants to keep the experience “pure,” but because 20th Century Fox either doesn’t have the money in the budget to afford the expensive upgrade, or simply doesn’t want to invest in it.
To Trank’s credit, he has adamantly denied those rumors, so there may be no truth to them. Still, this news means that Trank and co. will have to work even harder over the next few months to build buzz for the film as it barrels toward its release. With Fox’s San Diego Comic-Con panel scheduled for this evening, we’ll know soon enough if that’s possible.
Tell us, are you disappointed that Fantastic Four won’t be released in 3D when it arrives on August 7th, 2015? Sound off in the comments.
Source: Final Reel