The first trailer for “Chronicle” director Josh Trank’s “The Fantastic Four” reboot at 20th Century Fox is rumored to hit soon and provide our very first look at a movie that remains completely under wraps. Yet the past few days has seen some rather unfortunate reports about the film emerge, and today they have culminated in one that suggests the problems could be quite serious.
There had been rumblings since Christmas about some problems, then a few days ago a Reddit poster claimed to have been contacted by Fox to work on the film’s “second rough cut” as an editor. Said poster claimed the film is not a “complete trainwreck” but rather a “genuinely good movie” that stays true to the characters. That posting raised some eyebrows, especially some of the more specific details, but it seemed to provide a bit of hope.
Then came several anonymous postings on a Louisiana-based message board which made some damning allegations about Trank’s behavior during the film’s production.
“X-Men: First Class” and “Kick Ass” filmmaker Matthew Vaughn then weighed in on the film to counteract the negativity, telling Flickering Myth: “I’ve seen the movie. It’s good. I thought Chronicle was a fantastic movie and [Josh] Trank has gone off and done his version of Fantastic Four. If you like Chronicle, then you’ll like this. We’re all backing Josh Trank’s vision. And hopefully the world will like Josh Trank’s vision.”
Then we come to today and Bleeding Cool reports that there is “major disquiet at Fox regarding the state of the movie”. They also say that millions of dollars are being freed up for extensive reshoots (around a month) on the film and sets are being rebuilt in Louisiana.
Part of the reason for this sounds like what Vaughn describes – Trank has made something that’s much more akin to a “Chronicle” sequel than a more franchise-ready “Avengers”-style film which Fox wants. If so, that means these problems are mere creative differences (albeit costly ones). Nevertheless, Badass Digest says Trank remains onboard to direct the reshoots.
So far all of these reports are speculative, the studio has yet to comment on any of the recent reports regarding the movie.