On the eve of “Fantastic Four’s” release, director Josh Trank made it clear that the problems with the movie aren’t his fault — and regretted that decision.
Critics have showered the Fox film with bad reviews (at press time clocking it at 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and Trank seemingly responded to the negative buzz with a snippy Twitter post.
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this,” he tweeted. “And it would’ve recieved great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
Around 20 minutes later, Trank deleted the tweet. A screenshot of the Twitter comment is posted above.
“Fantastic Four” has been plagued with drama since well before critics started screening the film. From studio-mandated reshoots to rumors of Trank’s “erratic” behavior, culminating in a controversial Esquire cover story discussing star Miles Teller’s “dickishness” that prompted the actor and his fellow cast members to go on the defensive, the situations surrounding the film’s release have cast a dark shroud over it before the movie even hit theaters.
For Trank to come forward and admit that the version of “Fantastic Four” that is hitting the big screen on Friday, Aug. 7 is less than what he intended is just another blow for a film that already has the odds stacked against it. No wonder he was so quick to delete the tweet.
Despite the bad reviews, “Fantastic Four” is tracking for a estimated $45 million opening weekend.