The real story behind the Fantastic Four production continues to unfold. Without a doubt, the film's disappointing box office performance could certainly put the fate of its scheduled sequel into serious question.
Now recognized as the worst reviewed theatrically released Marvel film (for any studio), Fantastic Four (2015) could have turned out very differently, according to reports. Director Josh Trank has already claimed that his vision would have been more warmly received, heavily implying that Fox was responsible for the problems with the final product.
Now, courtesy of Collider, we have our first look at some behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of Fantastic Four. While many of the moments here clearly correspond to scenes that made the final cut, there are some notable exceptions.
For instance, what looks to be an early version of the Fantasticar - the flying car that stands as the Fantastic Four's primary mode of transportation in the comics - is clearly visible (making its first appearance at 1:05). The finished film does have an Easter egg early on alluding to Reed Richards' work on a flying car, but other than that brief mention, the vehicle is nowhere to be found. It's unclear when the scene would have factored into the film, but it likely took place in the third act, which rumors have said was heavily reworked after principal photography was complete.
As if this footage wasn't enough of a glimpse of the Fantastic Four that might have been, screenwriter Max Landis - who worked with Trank on the superhero found footage film Chronicle - took to his Twitter account to share the first four pages of his version of the Fantastic Four script. Click below to read the full post:
In celebration of the release of Fantastic 4, here's the first 4 pages of a Fantastic 4 script I wrote 4 years ago... pic.twitter.com/izKR96G67G
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 10, 2015
Landis clearly had a very different idea of how to open the film, opting to jump right into the four heroes already working together, though it's unclear by the script itself what stage their partnership is in. Trank's version began with just Reed Richards and Ben Grimm as children and then introduced the other characters soon thereafter. So Landis' take would have jumped right into the action rather than opting for the slow burn opener that fans ended up getting.
Few were probably satisfied by the Fantastic Four that hit theaters (least of all Fox), and considering the backlash surrounding the film (and fans' cries louder than ever for Marvel Studios to make a move for the rights), it will be interesting to see exactly how this plays out. The story behind the film's development is likely only beginning, and sadly, we probably can only wonder how the film might have been different (better?) than what hit theaters this past weekend.
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.