The latest ‘Fantastic Four‘ gossip is has arrived, because apparently fan-boys need to find something to talk about even if a production has yet to release footage from the film itself. According to sources at “Tiger Droppings,” it seems the crew has been having some trouble on the set of the new movie featuring Marvel’s first family, and it is not from an actor misbehaving. Remember, take this all with a grain of salt as nothing has been officially confirmed, but it seems director Josh Trank has been abusive to his crew during shooting, and trashed the house the production got for him. Supposedly, the damage was so bad that Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos flew down to the location to apologize in person to the owners. To make matters worse, one source said Trank was “so high he couldn’t speak almost everyday.” And with the lack of any information or footage from the movie spurring rumors that something is slowing down production, people are jumping on the theory that Trank is behind all the film’s delays.
There’s a problem with that theory though, and it’s Trank’s track record and credibility. Most people do not see Disney/ Lucasfilm handing a ‘Star Wars’ film over to a director with behavioral issues, and with Trank set to direct one of the ‘Star Wars’ stand-alones, I’d say the House of Mouse has faith that he’s a relatively upstanding guy (for a Hollywood director that is). Couple that with another tidbit of information leaked from the studio, this time by fan-favorite Matthew Vaughn (‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Kick-Ass,’ and ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’) who had nothing but good things to say about the footage he had seen from the upcoming blockbuster:
“I’ve seen the movie. It’s good. I thought ‘Chronicle’ was a fantastic movie and [Josh] Trank has gone off and done his version of ‘Fantastic Four.’ If you like ‘Chronicle,’ then you’ll like this. We’re all backing Josh Trank’s vision. And hopefully the world will like Josh Trank’s vision.”
So there you have it, until we get official word from Trank’s people and/or 20th Century Fox, this is just gossip and rumors, though one cannot help but think if they would hurry up and release a trailer for the movie people would have better things to talk about than the behavior of the director. Here’s hoping none of the talk is true, as this type of behavior will be sure to hurt the director’s cred, and might cost him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the ‘Star Wars’ universe.