Despite having announced the main four cast members, and despite releasing a shortlist of actors for Dr. Doom, Bleeding Cool has just reported that according to their well-placed sources, Twentieth Century Fox has dumped Fantastic Four director Josh Trank and the script by Simon Kinberg and are actively looking for replacements for the cast. All a mere six months before they are due to shoot, for 2015 release. Fox has issued a firm denial to Slashfilm, as well as Badass Digest, but…this wouldn’t be the first time a studio lied to save face, let’s be honest.
So for argument’s sake, let’s assume this rumor turns out to be true, which I’m having a hard time believing with this much casting already done, and no doubt this far into pre-production, but regardless of denials let’s just assume. What could this mean? Well, it could mean that the throng of
racist disgruntled internet commenters has made the executives at Fox nervous. There has been an outpouring of negative feedback around the young cast ever since they were announced, mostly due to fanboys having a collective amnesia about the entire run of Mark Millar’s Ultimate Fantastic Four comics from about a decade ago, on which this is clearly based. It would mean they would have to go back to square one, after all this money was spent. Of course, they could also be terrified of the 2015 release date. We’ve already seen Batman vs. Superman and a couple other movies run scared from that overcrowded summer, but what summer isn’t overcrowded?
Fox was long seen as the bane of fanboy’s existence during the Tom Rothman regime; he was said to (allegedly) “not get” superhero movies, and the success of X-Men took him by total surprise. He’s the guy that nixed Sentinels in X2, turned Galactus into a cloud for Rise of the Silver Surfer, and pretty much gave Fox the worst reputation in town when it came to being creator friendly. But then a couple years back, Fox started to seemingly make a turnaround with their genre properties; both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class ended up pretty darn good, and The Wolverine continued the streak. (Rothman left Fox in 2012) But could we be back to the micro-managing, lowest common denominator days of Fox were this to pan out? Unless this was SUPER close to the expiration date for Fox with the Fantastic Four license (which I actually think is 2017) there wouldn’t really be a reason to get excited about this maybe meaning Marvel Studios will get the property back like with Daredevil. Personally I hope this rumor is false, because I really actually want to see what Trank comes up with for the Marvel’s first family.