What Happened to Fantastic Four [Fox Regime Change – Part 2] | NERDS GEEK OUT

What Happened to Fantastic Four [Fox Regime Change – Part 2] | NERDS GEEK OUT

Film Critic: “I trust this writer.” Film Critic: “I trust this Director.” Film Critic: “I trust this Cast.” Trank: “I had a great relationship with Fox.” Publicly,
Tom Rothman’s departure was credited to Fox’s parent company, News Corp
and its company-wide reorganization. But obviously
no one bought that line. Some outlets reported it as being due to the fact that Rothman had let treasured Marvel properties lapse back to Marvel – especially considering his history with genre based productions. His most infamous obtuse decisions included canceling Firefly, micromanaging X-Men Origins into the cinematic excrement that we know
and rejecting the production of a Deadpool movie. The very same that came to fruition based on the leaked footage. Rothman also allegedly had some blockbuster faux pas over not wanting to green light Titanic and Avatar
because of the high costs. Additionally, other outlets like the Hollywood Reporter published exposes
claiming that Rupert Murdoch, the TOP of the TOP for anything Fox, allegedly fired Rothman because of the micromanagement, the resulting negative reputation among directors and producers, the overall impact to bring on talent and its effects on morale for those working within the studio. Jim Gianopolous was put in as CEO
and Rothman’s running Sony now. And while many praised the change in management, the fact is Trank lost a powerful ally. as Trank had proven to Tom Rothman directly through a Director’s Statement and complex test footage for Chronicle that he knew what he was doing and capable of handling the shoot. Trank: “Once we … ugh … you know … started dealing with …um … Fox, we had to prove that we could do it.” Trank: “We presented the test scene to Tom Rothman. The movie starts … the test plays, lights come up” Trank: “up it’s over. And he turns around and he’s like: ‘okay, it’s terrific. great. when can you start?'” Interviewer/Kevin Smith: “What’s a Director’s Statement?” Trank: “It’s like an essay or dissertation on what the movie … how the movie’s going to feel” Trank: “how you want to shoot the movie, what style, how you want it to be cast … it’s just like” Trank: “an overview of like how the movie
would be made. And since I already knew” Trank: “I’m like ‘oh, I’ll just write my production plan and all this’. And I laid out a very …” Trank: “as competently written as possible” Trank: “bible on how to make this move.” Someone that did survive the regime change was Fox Production President, Emma Watts, the individual credited for landing Trank for Fantastic Four. She’s also been lauded for impressive studio wins like landing David Fincher for Gone Girl, bringing back Bryan Singer for X-Men Days of Future Past and spawning the Plant of the Apes franchise. Trank: “‘Cause I really started working on
Fantastic Four about two months before” Trank: “Chronicle came out” Interviewer/Kevin Smith: “Who came to who?” Trank: “Um, Emma Watts, she’s uh president at the studio, called me up” Trank: “when I was in post and she was just … we were just talking about like” Trank: “’cause they had an option on me” Trank: “and like what other stuff we could do. So I asked about X-Men. She … they said” Trank: “they were already developing that kind of a
thing and uh … she was like” Trank: “do you like Fantastic Four? Interviewer/Kevin Smith:”Hey. Hey. Chronicle, easy.” Interviewer/Kevin Smith: “We don’t go from 12 million to X-Men” Interviewer/Kevin Smith: “But we may go 12 million to Fantastic Four.” A month after the shake up at Fox,
renowned Marvel writer and Kick-Ass creator, Mark Millar
was brought on to serve as a creative consultant for Fox’s remaining Marvel-owned properties. On December 7th, the date of Tom Rothman’s goodbye party on the Fox lot, Fantastic Four was given a release date
of March 6th, a relatively competitive slot and well away from the Marvel dominated blockbuster season demonstrating studio confidence in the property. About a month later in January, we learn that not only has Mark Millar been working on the Fantastic Four script, but that he praised Trank’s contemporazation of the material and revealed the sci-fi horror route that the team would take. This would be the first time that we hear about the overall desire for a Cronenberg-esque tone for the film.
In February, we see a HUGE win for Fantastic Four in that Trank and his team land acclaimed Director Matthew Vaughn to serve as producer on the film. This begins mass speculation of future plans for a crossover for Fantastic Four with the X-Men franchise. Seth Grahame-Smith is brought on to do some final polishes for the film and insiders report that they’re ready to go for casting. And we get the first rumors coming out in May of Michael B Jordan being cast as Johnny Storm. Come back for part 3, we’re gonna
get into the casting and script debacles that emerged. Be sure to subscribe so that
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8 thoughts on “What Happened to Fantastic Four [Fox Regime Change – Part 2] | NERDS GEEK OUT

  1. This was really well researched, and clearly, a lot of effort went into the presentation. Very well done! As someone who has already covered this movie extensively (check it out if you ahven't already), I am really enjoying your take on it. Really dig the business and corporate angle of the proceedings, and look forward to your future coverage on this and related subjects!

  2. This is quality content! As someone not at all well versed in cinema this is very intriguing and captivating. I'll be looking forward to more content!

  3. Yeah I liked the corporate overview here – some good info about the regime change. Still a little heavy on the defense of Trank though. If he had all these people who had done other Superhero movies, as producers and consultants it sure doesn't look like he listened to them, based on the very slow build up in the first 3/4s of the film.

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