20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot suffered another big hit at the box office this weekend, dropping from fourth place all the way down to 10th in its third weekend. The ill-fated superhero movie has earned just $49.7 million domestically since its release on August 7, enduring a paltry 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes it the worst-reviewed superhero movie of all time. Over the weekend, concept artist Steve Jung shared four new illustrations from his work on Fantastic Four, which offers new looks at Planet Zero and Victor Domashev's (Toby Kebbell) Doom Castle. Take a look at what the artist himself had to say about his work, but be warned, there will be spoilers that follow.
"Might as well show some work from this movie called Fantastic Four lol. I was on this one early on before all the drama happened... none of my work made it to the movie (kinda glad) since it got changed many times after I left the project. Exploration of the Planet Zero and Victor's castle ideations. Btw the texture of the terrain is cigarette buds from a picture of the director's ashtray."
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.
At this point, barring some sort of box office miracle, nothing can save Fantastic Four, and it seems unlikely that 20th Century Fox will move forward with The Fantastic Four 2. The studio has already slated a June 9, 2017 release date for Fantastic Four 2, but given the controversy swirling around the movie, the extremely negative reviews and the box office performance, it wouldn't be surprising if a follow-up was cancelled. While we wait for more details, take a look at Steve Jung's concept art below.