The Hollywood Reporter has an in-depth article on Fantastic Four director Josh Trank and how he allegedly behaved on set, and it sounds like the director was to blame for how the reboot turned out. Here are some of the highlights from the article.
Trank on set refused help from the studio and producers. One member explains “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 He was extremely withdrawn.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.”
While Fox initially was on board with Trank‘s vision of a grounded and gritty Fantastic Four movie, the filmmaker took that too far as he forced a gloomy to the cast’s performance. “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 incident that happened when Josh Trank and his dogs were accused of causing as much as $100,000 worth of damage to a house which was renting! and landlord Martin Padial made moves to evict the director, “photographs of the landlord’s family that were in the house were defaced. Padial made a complaint to the local sheriff’s department and filed a civil suit in Louisiana that is sealed.The sheriff’s department says the case was ‘closed as a civil matter between landlord and tenant.'”
One source says that the movie was always “ill-conceived, made for the wrong reasons and there was no vision behind the property.” Fox was scared of losing the rights to Marvel and the reboot was in disarray before shooting even started. They “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.”
While Fox initially considered firing Trank, Fox believed in the director and believed he could be the next J.J. Abrams. However, while he couldn’t cope with the movie, it was simply to late to ditch him. “How do you ask someone to take over half of a movie shot by someone else? You either hire somebody desperate for work or you [start over], write off pretty much the whole budget and lose the cast.”
When the reshoots were taking place, the film didn’t even have an ending to the film. Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker scrambled to come up with something, but the busy schedule and the fact that much of the cast was unavailable led to “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,’ says a crew member, adding that Trank was still in attendance ‘but was neutralized by a committee.'”
Fox rapidly put together a dream team that included Drew Goddard to finish the last scene of the film, which was executed horribly