Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
The past couple of years have been pretty rough on Josh Trank. After his career got off to a spectacular start with 2012’s Chronicle, he flamed out with his sophomore effort, Fantastic Four, and seemingly did himself no favors by bad-mouthing his own movie. In between, he also picked up and then lost a Star Wars spinoff. Understandably, he’s spent most of 2016 laying low.
But now it sounds like he’s finally ready to get going on a new project again. Tom Hardy has just been set to star in Trank’s next movie, Fonzo, about legendary mobster Al Capone near the end of his life. Read More »
A year ago, Fantastic Four left most fans disappointed. What was teased as a grounded, dramatic superhero movie turned out to be a complete mess. The 20th Century Fox film had a troubled production, and it showed in the final result, which was fairly joyless overall, despite a somewhat promising setup. In some of the earlier drafts of Fantastic Four, though, there was more warmth, humor, and set pieces far larger than what could’ve been pulled off with the budget.
Below, learn about some of screenwriter Jeremy Slater‘s (The Lazarus Effect) early ideas for the Fantastic Four reboot.
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Fantastic Four took a beating from critics, comic book fans, and most audiences last summer. Before Josh Trank‘s butchered film even opened in theaters, 20th Century Fox prematurely scheduled a sequel for next summer, a plan that has since been nixed. Leading up to Fantastic Four‘s release there were plenty of rumors regarding the troubled production, but we’ve heard little about the whole debacle since then.
Below, actor Miles Teller discusses Fantastic Four and the experience of auditioning for Han Solo.
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One of the year’s biggest disappointments, not just for audiences but for 20th Century Fox, was the reboot of Fantastic Four from director Josh Trank. The new adaptation of Marvel’s first family was an absolute mess and not even in a way that was fun to laugh at because it was so bad. It simply exists.
And that makes the Fantastic Four Honest Trailer a real treat as they point out that it would be more interesting to watch a movie about the debacle of making this movie instead of the awkward, moody and low energy comic book movie we got instead. Watch! Read More »
Due the box-office fallout and reported behind-the-scenes trouble on the reboot of Fantastic Four, director Josh Trank ended up being removed from the next installment of the Star Wars Story spin-off series of films. The film was rumored to focus on Boba Fett, but it has now been pushed back in favor of Phil Lord & Chris Miller’s spin-off following Han Solo instead.
However, that doesn’t mean that Disney has given up the hunt for someone to step up and replace Trank in the director’s chair for the project being developed by Simon Kinberg. Reportedly, Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray (who just signed on to direct Furious 8) was being considered for the Star Wars Story, and along with that, he said there’s a possibility of seeing Michael B. Jordan as Boba Fett.
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What if Star Wars hadn’t been the first film of 2015 to create a cute soccer ball-like droid that rolls around with a sphere as its primary body? We thought we’d seen the end of the “this is what could have been” info about Fantastic Four, but now there’s some concept art for the FF’s robot HERBIE.
Circa 2013, the ‘bot was still possibly to be included in Josh Trank‘s feature, and the HERBIE concept art features a design wildly similar to BB-8 from The Force Awakens, a character who, at the time, had not yet been revealed. Check out the concept art below. Read More »
To some it may seem like continuing to shine a light on the failure of Fantastic Four is beating a dead horse. But where Fantastic Four stumbled lies a fascinating look into the studio filmmaking process as executives and the director keep playing the blame game and more details about the troubled production come to the surface.
The latest bit of information on Josh Trank‘s comic book reboot involves a description of a major action sequence that was cut out of the film, something that Fantastic Four could have used much more of in the final cut. This particular sequence involves many of the shots of The Thing that we recently highlighted from the trailers which ended up not appearing in the movie at all.
Find out what we know about the Fantastic Four deleted scene after the jump, but beware of spoilers! Read More »
In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:
- The real reason director Josh Trank is no longer directing the Boba Fett Star Wars Anthology movie?
- See the first photos from the set of Star Wars: Rogue One.
- See the exclusive Star Wars merchandise that will be available at D23 Expo 2015 this week. It includes some new Star Wars: The Force Awakens pins, shirts and sweatshirts.
- Find out where you can get the awesome Star Wars emojis on your phone.
- Star Wars Steelbooks are now available for pre-order.
- A Star Wars Battlefront Developer Diary video gives us a better look at Fighter Squadron Mode and a new planet that was brought to life in the game.
- EA answers Battlefront questions on Twitter
- The first Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy has been sold prematurely.
- Learn more about what to expect on Force Friday: see the covers for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly and Battleship board games and get a first look at BB-8 and Kylo Ren watches.
All this and more, in today’s Star Wars Bits.
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Over the weekend, screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) shared the first four pages of his Fantastic Four pitch on twitter. As you know, Landis was the writer of Chronicle, the debut feature of current Fantastic Four director Josh Trank. What might a Max Landis Fantastic Four movie have looked like? Lets get a glimpse, after the jump.
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Arriving in theaters just this past weekend, Fantastic Four is now the worst reviewed Marvel comics adaptation ever. The future of the franchise is uncertain even though the studio is staying committed to the franchise and characters, if only to keep from hurting the movie even more.
So the big question, especially after director Josh Trank distanced himself from the final cut of the movie on Twitter, is what went wrong with Fantastic Four? There has been a lot of digging into the behind the scenes drama during the production of Fantastic Four, and it’s clear that there were plenty of problems from both Trank and the studio.
In addition, a look back at the footage released in trailers and behind the scenes featurettes shows that plenty of edits and cuts were made to the movie, resulting in the cut that Trank is clearly unhappy with. Learn more about the Fantastic Four cuts and problems after the jump! Read More »