Report: Fox apparently cut 3 big action set pieces days before shooting began on Fantastic Four

With director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four being not-so-fantastic at the box office over the weekend, more horror stories emerge about what went wrong with the comic-book movie.

And some fingers are pointed squarely in Fox’s direction. During Collider Movie Talk, John Campea revealed that multiple sources told him Fox had agreed to let Josh Trank film his vision of Marvel’s First Family. At first.

However, a mere few days before the cameras were set to roll on the superhero film, the studio yanked the rug from underneath Trank's feet by taking out not one but THREE big set pieces! The inside sources claim Fox took over the (now extremely problematic) third act from Trank, and even shut out the Chronicle helmer from the editing room entirely. Here’s what Campea said:

"I've got a source, fairly close to the production of this film, who had told me that the movie that Josh Trank and Fox had agreed on making — included 3 really big action set pieces. That was all agreed upon, it was part of the flow of the movie. And a movie is like a puzzle, you have all the pieces in place. You start messing with pieces and suddenly the whole puzzle can look out of whack. And they had agreed upon this vision for a film. And days before production began, Fox came in and made him pull 3 main action sequences out of the film. I was also told, the ending of the film was not even Josh Trank's. At some point they hijacked the editing bay from him. To the point that the editing of the film was done without him."

Wow ... just wow. If true (and it seems to be, though why on Earth would they do that is beyond me. Why would you deliberately sabotage your own movie, for Pete's sake?), that’s a pretty savage move on Fox’s part, and I’m wondering just how much better the movie would have been if they’d done the comic-book film that was first agreed upon by both parties (Fox and Trank). Check out the video below, and let us know what you think:

(via Comic Book)

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