Months before its release, there were rumors of trouble brewing on the set of Fantastic Four, Fox’s latest failed attempt to successfully bring Marvel’s First Family to the big screen. Particularly, director Josh Trank was said to be difficult to work with on set, leading to an uneasy atmosphere during filming.
Now that Fantastic Four has hit theaters and delivered disappointing box office numbers, the floodgates have been opened on all of the on-set drama that unfolded during production. Earlier this week, several accounts from crew members who worked on Fantastic Four emerged, portraying Trank as “combative” and “withdrawn,” going to such lengths as building a barrier around his monitor to separate himself from the rest of the crew.
Now, another report from EW (via Yahoo! Movies) details more of the trouble that occurred with Trank during production, including a near-brawl with one of Fantastic Four‘s leads. Trank reportedly fought the studio to ensure Miles Teller was cast in the role of Reed Richards, but as shooting went on and the problems worsened, tensions escalated between the two. Teller’s sarcastic personality did not mix well with Trank’s temperament, causing a major disagreement to occur.
Things allegedly got so bad that Trank and Teller nearly came to blows, with both daring the other to take the first swing. No one ended up getting punched, thankfully, but it still didn’t help the working relationship between Trank and the rest of the cast, especially when it came to Kate Mara, as the report later notes.
Trank was opposed to casting Mara as Sue Storm, but as we now know, Fox – the studio behind the production – ended up getting its way. As a result, his attitude towards Mara while filming has been described as “abusive and cold.” It is impossible to truly tell what actually went down on the set of Fantastic Four, but one thing remains abundantly clear: The process was not ideal in the slightest.
Despite all the myriad reports of behind-the-scenes problems that have emerged since the film’s premiere, Fox has remained mum on the future of Fantastic Four. The latest from Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson indicated that although the studio is “disappointed” with the low turnout, they “remain committed to these characters.” With low box office numbers and an overwhelmingly negative reception among critics and audiences alike, there is still time for Fox to switch out its sequel date for another superhero movie. But by all accounts it seems Fox is hesitant to completely give up on these characters altogether. Of course, it’s likely that Trank won’t be back if Fantastic Four does get a sequel, but perhaps the main cast, who were by all means not the problem with the final film itself, may return.
Fantastic Four is now in theaters. Deadpool opens February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
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