The latest, and coincidentally fourth attempt, to bring the Fantastic Four to the big screen has been universally panned by critics. However, Director Josh Trank seems to be placing the blame on the films studio, Fox.
Fantastic Four seems to have been heading for failure for a while now with rumors that senior cast member owning up to not seeing the film and even admitting they don’t think it will do well with critics. They weren’t wrong! The film is currently shamed with a rotten 9% on film review site ‘Rotten Tomatoes’
A tweet from Trank’s twitter read ‘A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.’ The tweet has since been deleted.
Studio’s interfering with a directors vision isn’t unheard of either. When working on 2007’s Spider-Man 3, Sam Raimi went on record saying that he didn’t want to include the character of Venom but was under pressure from Sony to do so. The result was a pretty awful film and arguably the death of Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man franchise.
Whether this ‘fantastic version’ of Fantastic Four exists will remain a mystery. Although if it is true, then what shame it is that we will never get to see what could have been another great superhero movie.
What do you think? Do you think studio’s should give directors complete creative control of projects like this? Or do you think studios are right to intervene when they see fit? It is their property after all. Let us know in the comments!