We all know what kind of a mess Josh Trank gave us with the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot for 20th Century Fox in 2015 but we almost had a completely different kind of a mess on our hands. Zack Stentz (‘Thor’,’X-Men: First Class’) Ashley Miller had originally been hired by the studio to write the script and had developed nearly a full story. However, Trank already had a different idea and writer in mind when he came aboard.
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“The other thing that’s never going to happen is the version that [Ashley Miller] and I did of the Fantastic Four. Josh Trank, who ended up doing the Fantastic Four that we saw in the theaters, we were supposed to be writing the script for him, but nobody told him that we were doing it. So, when he officially signed on, he was like, ‘Why are you imposing these other writers on me? I want to use my own writer. I wanna do my own script.’ And he did his version instead.”
So at one point, nearly an entirely different story was set to be told. Stentz holds no bad blood against Trank as to his decision, and likely the duo doesn’t feel too bad about not being involved in what ended up as the final product. If you’re wondering what Stentz and Miller had in mind, the broad strokes on the plot can be found in the following quote:
“It was one of those hammer blows to our career at the time, even though we had gotten paid because I was so freakin’ proud of that script. It was how the Fantastic Four were almost the Fantastic Five except a young man named Victor von Doom was just too damaged and fucked up to be part of them. It was a script I was very proud of. Josh Trank didn’t wanna do it.”
While Stentz has pulled off some creative storytelling so far, one of the common complaints about the ‘Fantastic Four’ movies is how far they’ve strayed from the source material, and this almost feels like it could have fallen in the same category.
I’m sure we’re all eager to see how Marvel Studios introduces Marvel’s First Family into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If anyone can pull off the characters outside of Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ it would be Marvel.
Do you wish Josh Trank had directed this version of the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot or do you feel that this take on Doctor Doom would have likely fallen flat as well? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!
Source: Heroic Hollywood