Director Josh Trank defends poor reviews, tweets not responsible for final cut of Fantastic Four
8 August 2015, Nirapad News: Director Josh Trank suggested on Thursday that he wasn’t responsible for the final cut of Fantastic Four, which has been widely panned by critics prior to its opening on Friday.
Fantastic Four director Josh Trank has distanced himself from the critically reviled superhero epic by claiming the existence of a separate personal cut which audiences will probably never see.
20th Century Fox’s latest attempt to bring the Marvel Comics tale to the big screen, which hits cinemas this weekend, has been the subject of negative buzz for months. Low points included reports of expensive reshoots and the admission by key cast members that they had not seen the movie and did not expect it to do well with critics, as well as at least one excruciatingly awkward interview. Earlier in production, Chronicle’s Michael B Jordan was forced to defend his own casting as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, a white man in the comics reimagined as an African-American on screen.
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews,” the filmmaker wrote on Twitter. “You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
The tweet was quickly deleted from his account.
A spokesman for 20th Century Fox could not be reached for comment.
Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, has only a 9% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Variety critic Brian Lowry wrote that the film “feels like a protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up…that might never happen.”
Costing $120 million to produce, Fantastic Four is expected to debut to $40 million at the box office this weekend.
Trank, who last directed Chronicle for Fox, abruptly left one of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars spin-offs earlier this year over creative differences.