Fant4stic Director Gives His Honest Take on the 2015 Flop

Fant4stic Director Gives His Honest Take on the 2015 Flop

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There has been a lot of love for #ReleaseTheSnyderCut on the anniversary of the premiere of Justice League, and since we’re talking about studio-altered movies that flopped, Fant4stic director Josh Trank takes time to open up about the garbage fire that was his 2015 superhero movie.

On the social film site Letterboxd, Trank writes down his honest take on a film that was said to be a BTS nightmare. He posts:

Fant4stic… Huh.

Okay first of all, I thought it would be GREAT if I searched FF2015 and the shit wasn’t even on here. Low key I kinda was hoping it wasn’t. But it was! And I’m here. Anyway. Where to begin…

The movie is ALRIGHT.

I was expecting it to be much worse than it was. I literally haven’t seen it since like two weeks before it came out, and I was in a heavily fucking traumatized state of mind. Why? Eh, save that for another time.

Anyway, movie review:

Great cast.

Everyone in the film is a great actor, and overall there is a movie in there, somewhere. And that cast deserves to be in THAT movie. Everyone who worked on Fant4stic clearly wanted to be making THAT movie. But…. ultimately… It wasn’t.

Did I make that movie they deserved to be in?

To be honest?

I can’t tell.

What I can tell is there are TWO different movies in one movie competing to be that movie.

Is there a #releasethetrankcut?

Doesn’t matter.

I’m not Zack Snyder.

Zack Snyder is a storied, iconic, legendary filmmaker who has been knocking it out of the fucking park since I was in high school.

Me? Then?

I was 29 years old, making my 2nd film, in a situation more complicated than anything a 2nd time filmmaker should’ve walked into.

That said… I don’t regret any of it.

It’s a part of me.

And I just hope Peyton Reed makes the next Fantastic Four and crushes it. And that I get a cameo.

Anyway, that’s it.


If you were doing the news rounds back in 2015, you’ll know that there was a lot of controversy with Trank’s behavior on-set, not just with the studio meddling with his work. He was said to have been non-communicative with the crew, and the house he was renting at the time was supposedly trashed.

News got so bad that Trank even got fired for what was said to be a Boba Fett anthology movie for Lucasfilm.

For now we’ll never really get to find out what Trank had planned for his film. If anything, it may not matter now, seeing that Marvel Studios already owns the franchise and is gearing up to make the Fantastic Four part of the MCU. I’m sure if things went Trank’s way, we may have gotten something more cohesive and bold, rather than the mess that we ended up getting in the final movie.

For now, Trank is looking to get back on his feet, having directed an Al Capone biopic called Fonzo starring Tom Hardy. No release date has been set yet, but the film is currently into post-production. It’s likely we could get a 2020 release.



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