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08.10.2015

So Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR opened a few days ago and...yea, not much more to say about that. It's a definite shame that Fox can't get Fantastic Four to work but as was reported this morning, they still seem set on continuing on with the franchise; oh well. Max Landis, who scripted Josh Trank's CHRONICLE, took the opportunity to post the first four pages of his own Fantastic Four script on Twitter earlier today.

Landis makes mention that the script was written four years ago but was never done for anything other than pure fun. You can check it out for yourself below.

Right off the bat I can say that it's quite refreshing that Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm are already quite familiar with each other. It's not specified whether the foursome have already received their abilities (perhaps this launch is sending them on their way to that fateful encounter) but I'd like to think so, we really don't need another origin film.

What say you? I know four pages do not a movie make, but is there any potential in Max Landis' script?

FANTASTIC FOUR is currently in theaters, but so is MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION...just saying.

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12:46AM on 08/13/2015
Reading these pages (and I pulled up the song on YouTube to listen to it while I read the words, as intended) really made me think of Guardians of the Galaxy. I could even seen Guardians 2 opening with a similar scenario of Starlord and team being surrounded by Nova soldiers while they bicker about their escape plans over the intercom (throw in Drax trying to make a metaphor, Rocket saying that he'll just blow the Nova soldiers up, and Groot saying "I am Groot."). If the rest of the script
Reading these pages (and I pulled up the song on YouTube to listen to it while I read the words, as intended) really made me think of Guardians of the Galaxy. I could even seen Guardians 2 opening with a similar scenario of Starlord and team being surrounded by Nova soldiers while they bicker about their escape plans over the intercom (throw in Drax trying to make a metaphor, Rocket saying that he'll just blow the Nova soldiers up, and Groot saying "I am Groot."). If the rest of the script followed these four pages, this movie would be owning in theaters right now. These four pages do not reflect the bullcrap that Fox put in theaters instead. I just watched that utter waste, mostly because I wanted to see if it was as bad as everyone said, and for once, I agree with the reviews (yes, me, who loved Speed Racer against all odds). Fox should be ashamed of the movie they released, and I honestly hope that when (NOT if, WHEN) Marvel gets the rights back to the Fantastic Four, a version of this script gets to see the light of day. I read it believing that the characters already had their powers, and really, why shouldn't they? Who said we needed another origin story? Sony barely got away with making another Spider-Man origin, but at least they changed the beats and tried as much of a different path as possible. This movie feels like a rehash of everything they did in 2005, except somehow the 2005 movie did it better. Yes, Fox finally succeeded: Now I quite enjoy the first two Fantastic Four movies, especially when I compare them to the waste of screen time that they released last week.

Note: I lost a little faith in this film when they stole the delayed letter fading from their logo that Bryan Singer adds to the X-Men movies (instead of the X of Fox remaining, it is the F). I knew it was coming, and when it happened, I just smirked. I know it is a petty logo thing, but it made me feel like Fox didn't believe this movie could stand on its own without even the slightest of connection to its more successful franchise. The final straw for this movie was stealing the "cut to credits before main character says famous line" bit from Avengers: Age of Ultron. We all smiled when Cap said "Avengers... A-" and it cut to the credits before he said "assemble" (Whedon actually didn't even film Chris Evans saying "assemble" because he didn't want any chance of the studio sneaking it in). And now here, in F4, Reed says "I know what to call us." And it cuts right before he says Fantastic Four. Fox, Fox, Fox, if you can't play with the toys, we will take them from you. By we, I mean Marvel.
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9:55AM on 08/11/2015
Landis is an annoying little hipster douche, but he is one damn fine writer.
Landis is an annoying little hipster douche, but he is one damn fine writer.
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9:41AM on 08/11/2015
I think Max Landis is the most over-rated piece of shit in Hollywood. But this was actually really good. I haven't seen the new FF, so not sure if the pacing/dialogue is similar in any way to that movie but this would is the makings of a good Fantastic Four movie. At the very least, Max should try to get those pages turned into a fan film or test footage like Dirty Laundry or the Deadpool test reel.
I think Max Landis is the most over-rated piece of shit in Hollywood. But this was actually really good. I haven't seen the new FF, so not sure if the pacing/dialogue is similar in any way to that movie but this would is the makings of a good Fantastic Four movie. At the very least, Max should try to get those pages turned into a fan film or test footage like Dirty Laundry or the Deadpool test reel.
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9:26AM on 08/11/2015

I like Max Landis

until I follow him on twitter and remember just how hyperactive he is, then unfollow... then follow again down the line... then unfollow.

that being said, i like this, but i can already tell it's probably one of his 200 page scripts
until I follow him on twitter and remember just how hyperactive he is, then unfollow... then follow again down the line... then unfollow.

that being said, i like this, but i can already tell it's probably one of his 200 page scripts
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8:17AM on 08/11/2015
Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben all interacted more in those 4 pages then they did throughout the recent F4 movie.
Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben all interacted more in those 4 pages then they did throughout the recent F4 movie.
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6:39AM on 08/11/2015
The first exchange between Reed and Johnny over the bullhorn is funny. The second one between them and Sue is not and redundant. I like the tone of this, though if Landis fails to remain consistent over the course of just four pages...
The first exchange between Reed and Johnny over the bullhorn is funny. The second one between them and Sue is not and redundant. I like the tone of this, though if Landis fails to remain consistent over the course of just four pages...
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12:41AM on 08/11/2015
Further proving that there was nothing wrong with the cast. I read the dialogue in all the actors voices just naturally. The casting def wasn't the problem.
Further proving that there was nothing wrong with the cast. I read the dialogue in all the actors voices just naturally. The casting def wasn't the problem.
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11:37PM on 08/10/2015
I don't think anything at this point could have saved this film from being anything but a total trainwreck. My biggest issues (other than the lousy script) was just the dark and gritty tone of the film (which the Fantastic Four are not), and the miscasting for each character (especially Jordan, and Bell for Human Torch, and the Thing). The only reason for Jordan as Johnny Storm was because of a bad public relations idea.
I don't think anything at this point could have saved this film from being anything but a total trainwreck. My biggest issues (other than the lousy script) was just the dark and gritty tone of the film (which the Fantastic Four are not), and the miscasting for each character (especially Jordan, and Bell for Human Torch, and the Thing). The only reason for Jordan as Johnny Storm was because of a bad public relations idea.
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11:49PM on 08/10/2015
I think Tellar as Reed was the worst casting decision. He plays dork okay, but he doesn't exude any of the characteristics of the smartest man in the world. It's like Damon getting cast as a brilliant scientist....it spoils the movie for anyone who cares about the logic of the film.
I think Tellar as Reed was the worst casting decision. He plays dork okay, but he doesn't exude any of the characteristics of the smartest man in the world. It's like Damon getting cast as a brilliant scientist....it spoils the movie for anyone who cares about the logic of the film.
12:07AM on 08/11/2015
True. The only film I liked him in is Whiplash. But I credit that more towards the direction and Jk Simmons performance. But yeah, the entire cast was just completely wrong for all of their roles.
True. The only film I liked him in is Whiplash. But I credit that more towards the direction and Jk Simmons performance. But yeah, the entire cast was just completely wrong for all of their roles.
2:39AM on 08/11/2015
If you were to change the tone of Josh Trank's movie altogether then it would have become the 2005 Fantastic Four movie all over again. I think Josh Trank had the right idea for a Fantastic Four movie but everything after than one year gap was just terrible. I think they should have had Reed rescue Victor instead of leaving him behind on Planet Zero. Victor would have got it in his head that it was all Reed's fault and he would have eventually become the Doctor Doom from the comics. Boom.
If you were to change the tone of Josh Trank's movie altogether then it would have become the 2005 Fantastic Four movie all over again. I think Josh Trank had the right idea for a Fantastic Four movie but everything after than one year gap was just terrible. I think they should have had Reed rescue Victor instead of leaving him behind on Planet Zero. Victor would have got it in his head that it was all Reed's fault and he would have eventually become the Doctor Doom from the comics. Boom. Better movie. Also. I would have made Sue black. As others have pointed out, it is not progressive to have a black lazy high school drop out and a white genius computer technician in the same family.
11:16PM on 08/10/2015
I'm 90% sure Max Landis is just a literal douchebag who was given sentience by black magic.
I'm 90% sure Max Landis is just a literal douchebag who was given sentience by black magic.
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7:49AM on 08/11/2015
black magic? more like his hollywood director father John
black magic? more like his hollywood director father John
9:02AM on 08/11/2015
Touche
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10:59PM on 08/10/2015

Personally I love the idea....

....of picking up mid event in a reboot. It's so cliche to do an origin story again just because you switch characters. Instead do it like they did Man Of Steel (when they picked up on Earth) showing the present with brief flashbacks to the past to fill in the gaps. How much more interesting would it have made the beginning of the film if they were about to teleport, then Reed remembered back to his childhood experiments instead of walking through in the normal (boring) expositional
....of picking up mid event in a reboot. It's so cliche to do an origin story again just because you switch characters. Instead do it like they did Man Of Steel (when they picked up on Earth) showing the present with brief flashbacks to the past to fill in the gaps. How much more interesting would it have made the beginning of the film if they were about to teleport, then Reed remembered back to his childhood experiments instead of walking through in the normal (boring) expositional introductions?

It still would have sucked because Trank was involved, but at least it would have been better.
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10:14PM on 08/10/2015
It's interesting at the least...
It's interesting at the least...
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10:07PM on 08/10/2015
Meh.
This just feels too much like ET crossed with Flight of The Navigator, and not in a good way.
Meh.
This just feels too much like ET crossed with Flight of The Navigator, and not in a good way.
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10:05PM on 08/10/2015

I wanted to read more

It was a nice "drop us in the middle" beginning. I liked the dialogue between Johnny and Reed, then Johnny and Sue. Not sold on Spacehog (does anyone remember that band??), but that's a personal quibble. I wanted to read more, and that's Mission Accomplished for the first 4 pages.
It was a nice "drop us in the middle" beginning. I liked the dialogue between Johnny and Reed, then Johnny and Sue. Not sold on Spacehog (does anyone remember that band??), but that's a personal quibble. I wanted to read more, and that's Mission Accomplished for the first 4 pages.
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