More ugly details continue to emerge regarding the behind-the-scenes issues with the recent disastrous launch of the rebooted “Fantastic Four” film franchise.
A new in-depth article in The Hollywood Reporter goes into detail about director Josh Trank’s alleged behaviour on set. Their source says: “He holed up in a tent and cut himself off from everybody. He built a black tent around his monitor. He was extremely withdrawn. [He] would go to his trailer and he wouldn’t interact with anybody.”
That’s not all though. It claims he seemed to go beyond the original grounded and gritty vision which Fox approved. The gloomy tone was adopted to such an extent that: “During takes, he would be telling [cast members] when to blink and when to breathe. He kept pushing them to make the performance as flat as possible.”
The studio appears also partly to blame, a source telling the trade that the project was “[always] ill-conceived, made for the wrong reasons and there was no vision behind the property. [Fox] were afraid of losing the rights so they pressed forward and didn’t surround [Trank] with help or fire him. They buried their heads in the sand.”
When it became apparent Trank couldn’t cope, it was too late to replace him and the film didn’t even have an ending when main shoot concluded. Fox reportedly put together a dream team to rescue the movie, one that included Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”), but it wasn’t enough.
Producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker tried to salvage the film but cast schedules made it difficult, and as a result: “a lot of material was shot with doubles and the production moved to Los Angeles to film scenes with Teller against a green screen. ‘It was chaos’.” Trank was still in attendance for the reshoots claims the report, but he was “neutralized by a committee.”