“Fantastic Four” opens today and the buzz surrounding 20th Century Fox’s attempt to reboot the Marvel Comics property has been less than kind. The film currently stands at 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site finding ten positive reviews to 100 negative ones. Comic Book Resources’ own Kristy Puchko called the film a “profound mess” and “most certainly not fantastic.”
With his film going over so poorly with reviewers, director Josh Trank expressed his frustration with “Fantastic Four” via Twitter — and then promptly deleted the tweet.
And Josh Trank deleted his tweet. Good news, I still have it. The oral history lives: pic.twitter.com/AnZQ6ilM9r
– Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) August 7, 2015
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the tweet implies that the final product was the result of meddling from the movie studio and outside forces and that Trank’s original vision for the film did not end up on screen.
THR also notes the rumors that Trank’s tenure as director was a rough one, with sources close to the production calling him “erratic” and “very isolated.” It’s also been said that Trank did not have a clear vision for the film, with one insider saying, “If you’ve got someone who can’t answer questions or who isn’t sure or is in hiding, that’s not good.” To course correct “FF,” it’s been said that producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker filled in for Trank and finished the film as Trank had apparently become unreliable. Trank was attached to helm one of the upcoming “Star Wars Anthology” films produced by Kinberg, but left the project in May.
“Fantastic Four” opens in theaters today.
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