Want a Trank Cut of Fantastic Four? You may be outta luck.
I mentioned in a recent piece of mine that the Snyder Cut of Justice League was only the beginning. HBO Max’s release of that film opened up the floodgates. In that piece, I mostly mentioned how it would affect the future of the DC Extended Universe, but its impact is being felt elsewhere. It’s as of fans are realizing for the first time just how much power they have over the studios. Now, fans are asking for cuts of everything under the sun.
One fan noticed this and went so far as to let Fantastic Four director Josh Trank that he’d be next in line. For those who don’t remember, the filmmaker quite famously had the Fantastic Four reboot ripped away from him. Be a fault of the studio or Trank himself, the end product was a movie that felt at odds with itself. It was poorly reviewed and it flopped super HARD, pretty much eliminating the possibility of Fox ever doing anything with the Fantastic Four brand ever again.
You’d think that Trank would be happy to hear that he could revisit that film and make it better. However, when the aforementioned fan let Trank know, Trank responded with two words: “No need.”
— Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) May 20, 2020
This is all probably for the best. On one hand, you have a filmmaker who seemed to have bitten off more than he could chew. What’s worse is that he wasn’t exactly modest about it. In an email Trank sent to the crew before the film opened, saying it was “better than 99 percent of comic-book movies ever made.”
And following the release of Fantastic Four, he went on to share on social media that “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve recieved [sic] great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
Regardless of what he felt then, Trank has since come in and out of “director’s jail.” With all that bad business behind him — a situation that nearly tanked his career — you can’t blame him for not wanting to revisit it on any level. Even if there was an opportunity to make a movie he was truly proud of, it may not be worth reopening that old wound. Plus, given the behind-the-scenes details we’ve heard, it doesn’t sound like the relationship between him and Fox ended on good terms. For all we know, the studio wouldn’t even want to approach him even if it could result in more money.
When all said and done, while a Trank Cut of Fantastic Four is cool in theory, it just doesn’t seem like a good fit. I think we will have to let it go as fans. Besides, we have an MCU-set Fantastic Four story that’s likely to hit in the next five to ten years. We may as well be patient and wait for that. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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