Fantastic Four

(2015)

Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

‘Fantastic Four’ Concept Art Explores Doom's Castle

‘Fantastic Four’ Concept Art Explores Doom's Castle

A large part of Fantastic Four centers on Planet Zero, the alternate dimension where Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), The Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), The Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) and The Thing (Jamie Bell) receive their powers. During their initial trip to Planet Zero, Victor Domashev gets left behind, transforming him into the villainous Doom. These images offer a much different look at Planet Zero than fans saw in the superhero movie, but, as the artist explained, none of his work was used in the finished product.

There have been several reports about the behind-the-scenes drama on the Fantastic Four set, much of which centers on the reportedly erratic and unprofessional behavior of director Josh Trank. One report revealed that the filmmaker and star Miles Teller almost engaged in a fist fight on the set, but their heated argument never actually came to blows. There have also been reports that the director cut himself off from the cast and crew, and that he would even give actors direction on when to blink and breathe.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Cut the Thing's Big Action Scene

‘Fantastic Four’ Cut the Thing's Big Action Scene

There has been a lot of ink and blood spilled over who did what when it comes to Fantastic Four. The movie was a flop for 20th Century Fox, something everyone expected would happen well before it was released. Even director Josh Trank predicted it with an infamous Tweet he sent out on the eve of the film's premiere, blaming the studio for the bomb that was about to be detonated in theaters nationwide. Scenes had been cut, there were reshoots, and the reboot making its way onto the big screen was not the version Josh Trank had planned. What was his version, though? And would it have been better? Well, we now have reports of one big action scene involving The Thing (Jamie Bell) that was cut.

Who's ever side you pick in this war between the studio and its director, there is no doubt that Josh Trank had a much different movie planned. Bits and pieces of what could have been are slowly starting to fall into place as more crew members come forward to talk about the debacle. The latest report describes, what would have been, one of the movie's biggest action scenes. And we can still see remnants of it in some of the trailers that were released leading into the release earlier this August.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Star and Director Almost Came to Blows On Set

‘Fantastic Four’ Star and Director Almost Came to Blows On Set

As it heads into it's second weekend of release, more behind-the-scenes drama is continuing to come forward from the set of the much maligned superhero movie, Fantastic Four. And with some of these wild headlines, you have to wonder if 20th Century Fox is fueling the fire just to get people interested enough in the backstage turmoil to check out the movie. Declared a flop upon release, coming in second place to holdover Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation last weekend, and only earning $33.9 million to date against a $122 million budget, the highly publicized reboot isn't expected to do any better at the box office this weekend. Today, we have more accounts of just how bad things got between the director and his cast and crew. In fact, it's now being reported that Josh Trank and his leading man Miles Teller almost came to blows on set.

The shrapnel from the bomb that is Fantastic Four just keeps continuing to fly, and may leave you wondering if Josh Trank is ever going to work in Hollywood again. There has been a lot of finger-pointing between the young auteur and his studio, 20th Century Fox. Josh Trank delivered the first low blow last Thursday, on the eve of his Marvel superhero reboot hitting screens nationwide. He sent out a Tweet heard around the world in which he basically blamed Fox for all the bad reviews the film was getting. The studio decided to take it's gloves off, and ever since, various inside sources have been crawling forth to spill all kinds of dirt on the production. Most of it really bad.

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‘Fantastic Four’ Crew Describe Hellish, Chaotic Shoot

‘Fantastic Four’ Crew Describe Hellish, Chaotic Shoot

After taking a drubbing from critics before opening last weekend, scoring just a 9% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Fantastic Four went on to under-perform at the box office, earning just $26.2 million during its opening weekend, finishing in second place behind Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. This obviously wasn't the result that 20th Century Fox was hoping for, after spending a reported $122 million to produce the superhero movie, but a 20th Century Fox spokesperson said earlier this week that they are still "committed" to the franchise, which means that the already-announced sequel The Fantastic Four 2 may still be moving forward. While we wait for any concrete confirmation on the sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has a new report that reveals some details about the chaotic production, that may even result in some sort of legal action.

Shortly before the movie opened in theaters, director Josh Trank sent out a tweet that was later deleted, where he essentially blamed 20th Century Fox for the spate of negative reviews, stating that he made a fantastic version of Fantastic Four that he inferred will never see the light of day, thanks to studio interference. While there had been rumors of trouble on the set long before the big budget remake hit theaters, this latest report claims that things were even worse than the rumors let on. Josh Trank has reportedly even hired high-profile lawyer Marty Singer, perhaps expecting some sort of a legal spat with the studio.

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