Back in January, a rumor surfaced that 20th Century Fox was unhappy with how director Josh Trank's Fantastic Four turned out, and the studio was demanding reshoots under a different director. Of course, those rumors were never confirmed, but reshoots are taking place right now in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, and star Tim Blake Nelson confirmed in a recent interview that Josh Trank is still at the helm. When asked about his thoughts on the movie, Tim Blake Nelson explained that Josh Trank essentially shot it like a character-driven indie movie, in the same vein as his first film, Chronicle.
"I would say what I loved about working on Fantastic Four is that even though it's a superhero movie somehow Josh Trank was given enough space to make the experience of shooting it often feel like we were doing a character-driven indie film. I never felt like I was acting in big set piece action scenes even when I was. There was always a human underpinning. And now I've seen the trailer and it looks like an enormously entertaining superhero movie, so you get the best of both worlds."
When asked if the reshoots were happening to make the movie larger in scale, Tim Blake Nelson wouldn't confirm or deny that claim. But he did say that it probably won't be a "wild departure" from what Josh Trank and writer Simon Kinberg had originally envisioned.
"I have no idea, but they're written by Simon Kinberg and they're being directed by Josh, and these are two very strong-willed, opinionated people, so I can't imagine there's gonna be some wild departure from what they had in mind when they first set out to collaborate. I think it's probably going to be an effort to underscore what the movie is all about. And Josh is the maker of Chronicle! This guy is not afraid to take his own perspective on what it is to be a young, eccentric person in a normalizing world and explore that, and that's what Fantastic Four is all about, just like Chronicle was."
It isn't known how long reshoots will take place for, but Fantastic Four is still scheduled to hit theaters on August 7. After watching the first trailer, are you more confident that this can be one of this summer's big hits? Or do you think it didn't need to be rebooted in the first place? Let us know what you think below.