Ouch. 30-year-old director Josh Trank gets the full studio backs away treatment , including firing him from the second standalone Star Wars movie, after Fox execs became alarmed by his erratic behavior while making the Fantastic Four Reboot:
A Fox spokesman says the studio is “very happy with the movie and we can’t wait for audiences to see it” but acknowledges, “There were definitely some bumps in the road.”
Among those bumps: Trank has several small dogs who were left in a rented house in New Orleans while the film was shooting there. According to sources, as much as $100,000 worth of damage was done to the property. A source says the production considers any destruction of the property to be Trank’s responsibility.
Citing Trank’s work on the 2012 found-footage superhero movie Chronicle, an insider says: “No question there’s talent there. You can’t do Chronicle by accident.” But Trank seemed “like one of these kids who comes to the NBA with all the talent and none of the character-based skills to handle it. There’s equipment he doesn’t yet have.”
The report by THR’s Kim Masters and Borys Kit says that Trank became incommunicative while making FF, and producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker took on some of the heavy lifting of putting the pieces of the movie together. They also had to oversee some reshoots just last month. Kinberg is produced the first Gareth Edwards directed Star Wars movie, and blabbed about Trank’s problems to Kathleen Kennedy and the rest is history.
This is a pretty thorough burying of Trank’s career by studio execs, a stunning shunning reserved for only the most severe cases. The dogs trashing the house story confirms rumors that were going around back at the beginning of the year that Trank had some property problems with the locals.
Fantastic Four opens on August 7th and stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm and Toby Kebbel as “Victor Domashev,” an angry blogger who writers online as Doctor Doom.
The film has already engendered a lot of bad buzz, maybe because the first two Fox FF movies were so lame, and this rebot is preventing MArvel Studios from using the FF in the MCU. It does seem to be a different take on the FF. I admit, I was a bit surprised by the scene where J. Jonah Jameson comes in and berates Reed Richards, repeatedly asking him if the tachyons are “ahead or behind.”
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