For the moment 2015’s Fantastic Four is probably the worst comic book movie of all time. The 20th Century Fox film starred Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell as the Human Torch, Susan Storm, Mister Fantastic and the Thing. Toby Kebbell also starred in the film as Doctor Doom. This is after they had already tried two Fantastic Four films that had also failed. The difference is that this one was a complete circus.
Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank, is infamous for it’s behind the scenes issues that were very apparent it the final cut of the film. Things got so bad that right before the release of the film he Tweeted, “a year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.” It’s estimated that the one post with 24 words, cost 20th Century Fox $10 million. OUCH!
Five years later, we find Trank about to release his new film, Capone, his first since Fantastic Four. In light of that Polygon did a fantastic piece on the director, which talks about all roller coaster ride for Trank from Chronicle and possibly directing a Star Wars spin-off, to Fantastic Four.
Although there is no direct quote about the tweet, the article notes that Trank admits that his scornful words cost him the support of many of his collaborators as well as friends in the industry. But he does talk about feeling like he was “being castrated” when the producers and executives took control of him when they lost faith in the vision. He also mentioned that he slept with a loaded gun because of the uproar from angry fans for casting an African-American actor for Johnny Storm.
You have to have a little sympathy for the man. Josh Trank was under a lot of pressure from his bosses. I can’t imagine having others come in and completely overhauling your vision or just simply telling you that it’s no good. At least now he is moving forward with his next project. The same could be said about the Fantastic Four who are now in the hands of Marvel Studios. Both can now look ahead to a brighter tomorrow.
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Josh Trank’s Capone starring Tom Hardy hits VOD May 12th.
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