So the plan for today was to watch the new Fantastic Four movie and then write a review. I decided to skip the review. But I do want to take a moment to talk about the director Josh Trank. Here is a man who has had the opportunity that we all wish we had. Now I'm not saying it was given to him. Far from it. He earned it. He set out and made a short film, a skit really with some friends by the name of "a stabbing at Leia's 22 birthday". He got Fox to greenlight a movie for him in which he had full control and then got hired on to do Fantastic Four and a Star Wars movie. I mean, I know that I have been vocal against the Star Wars movies but that is only because they cancelled the EU. Something that I loved and kept me going through some very hard times in my life. Let's not kid ourselves that Star Wars is one of the greatest franchises alive. Need I also point out that he has done 3 and a promised fourth podcast with the man himself, Kevin Smith!
Sounds like a dream come true right? Well let's take this apart real quick. Not taking anything away from him or his friends but the skit wasn't mind blowing. Youtubers do more amazing stuff than that everyday and yet here is this guy in his mid 20's who got a deal out of. He hit the jackpot. He should be thanking God for the opportunity he was given and instead? He spit on the hands that fed him. Fox gave him the chance to make a movie, Chronicle. It was a good movie, I loved it! Then they opened up Marvel's Fantastic Four to him and let him do whatever he wants with it. The problem is that he did what ever he wanted with it. He changed all of their backgrounds, he told the actors not to read the comic books because this was going to have nothing to do with those. WHAT!!??? How do you make a comic book movie without looking at the source material?
It would seem that Trank let his ego get the best of him. Just last week he was telling Kevin Smith and all of us Fatman on Batman listeners about how great his movie, Fantastic Four turned out. Now the day before the film came out he tweets that he had a great vison of this film a year ago and the movie out now is nothing like that. Let's not forget that he was forced off of the Star Wars film. This young guy, who had the chances that all of us are fighting to get, has gone out of his way to burn every bridge he can find. Why in hell would you do that? If the movie doesn't come out the way you would have liked, well than that sucks. I'm sorry, but deal with that later on. Don't attack the only people giving you work. Don't tell the world that you are hard to work with, not this early in your career.
If I make it, no when I make it! I won't attack the people helping me. If I mess up, I will own my mistakes and accept the fall out. After all, as the director the buck should stop with you. Not somewhere else. Be a man and own up to your responsibilities. I only hope that he fulfills he's word and comes on Fatman on Batman one more time. I can't wait to hear how he spins this. And who knows, maybe between this and Fox wanting to make an X-Men TV show Marvel can get the rights back to the Fantastic Four. Time will only tell.
Jonathan Gutheinz vents about everything under the sun.