More details on the Josh Trank, Fox and Fantastic Four drama

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If you’re Josh Trank, life isn’t going well for you now. Trank pulled a move that was unprofessional by dissing the Fantastic Four movie during opening week, saying that his version would have done better with critics. Not only that, but the film bombed, earning only $25.7 million for its box office opening.

Before that, Trank wasn’t able to attend the Star Wars panel during Star Wars Celebration and was later dropped out of directing a stand-alone Star Wars films. He said that he couldn’t make it to Star Wars Celebration because he was sick, and he said that he dropped out of directing the Star Wars film because he didn’t want to be a target of public scrutiny like he was for Fantastic Four. However, there were reports saying that he got booted after Disney found out he was acting crazy on the set of Fantastic Four; for example, trashing the set and defacing property.

Now we have new reports about what Trank said to some of the cast members and crew before the opening of the Fantastic Four film, according to THR. The email he sent said the movie was “better than 99 percent of the comic-book movies ever made.”

If you’ve seen the movie, you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. Well, one of the cast also felt the same, responding with, “I don’t think so.”

It seems like the film drama was actually worse than what’s been revealed, according to the site’s insider on the film. It’s so bad that Trank hired lawyer Marty Singer.

A new example of Trank’s behavior included cutting communication from the outside world and staying inside a tent.

“He holed up in a tent and cut himself off from everybody,” says THR’s high-level source about his actions on the Louisiana set. “He built a black tent around his monitor,” said one crew member. “He was extremely withdrawn.” He added, “he would go to his trailer and he wouldn’t interact with anybody” during setups.

The source says that a Fox executive thought Trank could pull off a “grounded, gritty version of Fantastic Four that was almost the opposite of previous versions.” This shows that Fox had faith in the up-and-coming director and didn’t want to micromanage. The source revealed that Trank’s directing style caused the main actors’ performances to be flat.

“During takes, he would be telling [castmembers] when to blink and when to breathe,” one crew member said. “He kept pushing them to make the performance as flat as possible.”


Trank and his wife rented a house in Baton Rouge during filming. It’s alleged that the director and his dogs caused damages of over $100,000. Martin Padial, the landlord, was upset that their family photos were vandalized and wanted to evict Trank, according to the source. This resulted in a civil suit against the director, but information about the case was “closed as a civil matter between landlord and tenant.”

So it isn’t all Trank’s fault, since Fox was hellbent on getting a Fantastic Four movie made before the rights reverted back to Marvel. This caused the studio to have a rushed project, and one crewmember said that it was “ill-conceived, made for the wrong reasons and there was no vision behind the property.” The person added, “Say what you will about Marvel but they have a vision.”

With Trank causing a lot of problems on the set, Fox had thought of firing him. However, with the movie already deep in production, the studio didn’t know if it could find a new director to take over, according to another source. Initially it didn’t want to micromanage, but that was a big mistake.

The source said, “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.”

In the end Fox was able to stop the chaos and tried to salvage would it could, but it was too late. Trank was on the set but he didn’t have much power. Most of the cast were unavailable for reshoots and the studio and producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker did what they could to save it. The new material was done with doubles and the set was moved to Los Angeles, requiring Miles Teller to perform in front of the green screen.

“It was chaos,” said the crewmember. Trank was there “but was neutralized by a committee.”

Wow, that sounds like a whole lot of drama. What do you think of the reports? Who’s to blame, Fox or Trank? Or maybe both?

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