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 »
This past weekend brought the release of 20th Century Fox’s latest iteration of Fantastic Four, and we already knew the first reviews weren’t very good, but no one was expecting it to be this bad.
First of all, the film landed at #2 at the box office behind Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in its second week of release. It pulled in just over $26 million domestically and another $34 million internationally for a total of $60 million, hardly a runaway hit, especially for a comic book movie with a built-in fanbase, even outside of he Marvel cinematic universe.
Secondly, the reboot of Fantastic Four has actually turned out to be the worst reviewed Marvel film ever, even falling behind duds like Elektra and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. However, Fox isn’t yet giving up on the franchise. Find out more about Fantastic Four reviews and the future of Marvel’s first family after the jump! Read More »
Today you’ll be able to see Fantastic Four in theaters everywhere, and while the reviews mostly seem to be negative with few redeeming qualities, it’s always better to see for yourself. However, it’s hard to care about a movie like this when the director goes out of his way to distance himself from the movie.
And that’s exactly what happened last night, on the eve of the release of Fantastic Four as some audiences were emerging from the first screenings. Josh Trank took to Twitter with succinct lamentation of the film that ended up on the big screen, but he deleted it a short time later. But since this is the internet, his words still live on in cyberspace. Read the brief and sad Josh Trank Fantastic Four tweet after the jump! Read More »
Tonight you can start catching screenings of Fantastic Four around the United States before it starts playing all day around the country tomorrow. And 20th Century Fox is still in full marketing mode trying to get you interested.
One of the aspects of the film that has remained mostly unseen is the full form of Toby Kebbell as the Fantastic Four’s nemesis Doctor Doom. The recent extended preview gave us some insight into what happens with the character they the five-person research team travels to another universe, but this is the first time we’ve seen Doom for an extended period of time in action. And sadly, he looks like a radioactive Crash Test Dummy.
Watch the Fantastic Four Doctor Doom clip after the jump, but beware of some spoilers! Read More »