It appears the snarky tweet by Josh Trank concerning what happened with ‘Fantastic Four’ might have some credence after all, as according to a source over at Collider, it seems that Fox had a heavy hand in changing Trank’s shooting, editing, and ending of the film, which might explain the disaster that is ‘Fantastic Four.’ With scalding reviews and an exceptionally disappointing opening weekend, it is easy to see why both the director and the studio are eager to point accusatory fingers, but despite everything we had heard up until this point, the final film might not actually be entirely Josh Trank’s fault. See the full quote below, and then check out the lengthy video below that:
“I’ve got a source, fairly close to the production of this film, who had told me that the movie that Josh Trank and Fox had agreed on making — included 3 really big action set pieces. That was all agreed upon, it was part of the flow of the movie. And a movie is like a puzzle, you have all the pieces in place. You start messing with pieces and suddenly the whole puzzle can look out of whack. And they had agreed upon this vision for a film. And days before production began, Fox came in and made him pull 3 main action sequences out of the film. I was also told, the ending of the film was not even Josh Trank’s. At some point they hijacked the editing bay from him. To the point that the editing of the film was done without him.”
Below the aforementioned video, you can also check out a little under 4 minutes of B-Roll from the film, which showcases all kinds of moments with the actors and the director, including a couple of scenes/shots with what appears to be a crude version of the Fantasticar, which unfortunately did not make it into the completed film. If the car is one of the many elements pulled by the studio, it would certainly help prove how much studio interference changed the original vision by Trank (though admittedly, the car does not look particularly Fantastic, so I’m not sure it was that much of a loss).
What do you think about the woes of Marvel’s First Family? Do you think Trank gave up when the studio started pushing their agenda? Or did the studio step in to try to salvage what they could from Trank’s messy shooting schedule? Share your opinions below!