During Collider Movie Talk, John Campea revealed that multiple sources had informed him that 20th Century Fox had agreed to let Josh Trank (Chronicle) film his vision of the Fantastic Four, but days before the director was to begin filming Fox pulled the rug from under Trank's feet by taking out several big set pieces. Campea's sources also verified that Fox took over the third act from Trank and removed the director from the editing room.
"I've got a source, fairly close to the production of this film, who had told me that the movie that Josh Trank and Fox had agreed on making — included 3 really big action set pieces. That was all agreed upon, it was part of the flow of the movie. And a movie is like a puzzle, you have all the pieces in place. You start messing with pieces and suddenly the whole puzzle can look out of whack. And they had agreed upon this vision for a film. And days before production began, Fox came in and made him pull 3 main action sequences out of the film. I was also told, the ending of the film was not even Josh Trank's. At some point they hijacked the editing bay from him. To the point that the editing of the film was done without him."
Listen to John Campea's comments in the video below.
A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
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