Basically everyone has been coming down hard on Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four.’ They definitely have good reason to, but there is one person (that isn’t affiliated with 20th Century Fox) that somewhat defended the latest film featuring Marvel’s First Family. The director’s ‘Chronicle’ collaborator Max Landis recently shared his thoughts on how hard filmmaking can be sometimes, especially after your first film was a critical hit. Now, the screenwriter has taken to his social media again to make more fantastic waves.
Previously, back when Trank was first announced as the director for the reboot starring Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing, Landis was rumored to be the screenwriter for the project. That never actually came to be, but he did end up writing a Fantastic Four script on his own as “essentially fan-fic”. Earlier this week, on the four year anniversary of his script, Landis shared a few pages from that script on his Twitter with his followers just because he felt like it. You can check out the tweet and the pages below:
In celebration of the release of Fantastic 4, here’s the first 4 pages of a Fantastic 4 script I wrote 4 years ago… pic.twitter.com/izKR96G67G
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 10, 2015
Though many outlets have picked up on this news and have spun the post as some kind of snarky commentary or jab at Trank, Fox, or the new movie, Landis made sure to express that he did not mean it to be taken that way. While preparing to pitch for the reboot back in the day, he had prepared this script to accompany his presentation. But no matter how you choose to read the situation, these pages from the unused script are a fun way to introduce these characters at the beginning of a movie. It’s too bad that the final script used for the film didn’t take any risks such as this one that could have paid off. (Or at the very least, it could have been a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end.)
What do you think about these pages from Max Landis’ ‘Fantastic Four’? Would you have liked to see this movie get made instead of Josh Trank’s film that is currently in theaters? Let us know in the comments below.