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One of Fantastic Four's many writers reveals his original plans for the film

08.16.2016

Jeremy Slater Fantastic Four

It's now been over a year since Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR arrived in theaters and completely self destructed, but for whatever reason we just can't stop talking about the film and speculating on why it was such a mess. ScreenCrush recently examined the film to analyze just what went wrong with FANTASTIC FOUR and were able to get Jeremy Slater, one of the three credited writers on the flick, to chime in with his original plan for FANTASTIC FOUR.

Slater worked on the script for a good six months before he was replaced and by the end, only a single line of his made it into the finished movie. While the outline of Jeremy Slater's draft is fairly similar to what we ended up with, Slater was hoping to inject the film with “lots of humor, lots of heart, lots of spectacle,” while Josh Trank instead wanted to make everything as “grounded, gritty, and as realistic as possible.” Slater saw Reed Richard's time at the Baxter Foundation quite differently as well, saying that he imagined it as "a sort of Hogwarts for nerds: a school filled with young geniuses zipping around on prototype hoverboards and experimenting with anti-gravity and teleportation and artificial lifeforms.” Reed and friends still teleported into a different dimension in his script, called the Negative Zone as opposed to Planet Zero, where they battled Annihilus, who Slater refers to as a "a pissed-off cybernetic T-Rex."

Who knows whether Slater's version would have turned out any better than what we ended up with, but it's unlikely that his script would have moved forward as it was anyway since it would have sent the budget skyrocketing.

In addition to Annihilus and the Negative Zone, we had Doctor Doom declaring war against the civilized world, the Mole Man unleashing a 60 foot genetically-engineered monster in downtown Manhattan, a commando raid on the Baxter Foundation, a Saving Private Ryan-style finale pitting our heroes against an army of Doombots in war-torn Latveria, and a post-credit teaser featuring Galactus and the Silver Surfer destroying an entire planet. We had monsters and aliens and Fantasticars and a cute spherical H.E.R.B.I.E. robot that was basically BB-8 two years before BB-8 ever existed. And if you think all of that sounds great...well, yeah, we did, too. The problem was, it would have also been massively, MASSIVELY expensive.

Miles Teller recently told us that he'd be game for more FANTASTIC FOUR, but I'd be rather surprised if we saw Marvel's first family appearing on the big-screen anytime soon. If Fox was actually able to put together an entertaining FANTASTIC FOUR film I certainly wouldn't be adverse to seeing Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell returning, but after three attempts, it might be wise to let the franchise rest for a while.

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9:02AM on 08/17/2016
Well fuck, if they scaled back on some of it, that could have been good. It would be cool for them to face-off against Annihilus in the first movie and plant the seeds for Dr. Doom to be in the sequel. And then save Galactus for a third movie. Oh well, Fox already fucked it up so hopefully third times a charm...
Well fuck, if they scaled back on some of it, that could have been good. It would be cool for them to face-off against Annihilus in the first movie and plant the seeds for Dr. Doom to be in the sequel. And then save Galactus for a third movie. Oh well, Fox already fucked it up so hopefully third times a charm...
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9:21AM on 08/17/2016
Part of the issue is the disrespect to the source material, like Planet Zero instead of Negative Zone and how the heros were handled as being TOO grounded or actually prisoners is a better term. Also Doom was handled poorly. I do agree that they should have been smart. We already had 2 Doom movies with Silver Surfer cameo so I do agree that planting the seeds for Doom for a sequel would have been far better than having him in Planet Zero doing ZERO about it.
Part of the issue is the disrespect to the source material, like Planet Zero instead of Negative Zone and how the heros were handled as being TOO grounded or actually prisoners is a better term. Also Doom was handled poorly. I do agree that they should have been smart. We already had 2 Doom movies with Silver Surfer cameo so I do agree that planting the seeds for Doom for a sequel would have been far better than having him in Planet Zero doing ZERO about it.
8:31AM on 08/17/2016
I'll check this film out when the price on Blu-Ray finally nose-dives (unless it shows up on Netflix first). I honestly didn't know what way this film was going to go - early mentions of being Cronenberg-esque sounded interesting, if a little at odds with aspects of the source material, but it got such awful reviews I figured I'd save my money, but I do plan to see it for myself at some point.
There are aspects to Fantastic Four (and Green Lantern) that will always be tough to make work in a
I'll check this film out when the price on Blu-Ray finally nose-dives (unless it shows up on Netflix first). I honestly didn't know what way this film was going to go - early mentions of being Cronenberg-esque sounded interesting, if a little at odds with aspects of the source material, but it got such awful reviews I figured I'd save my money, but I do plan to see it for myself at some point.
There are aspects to Fantastic Four (and Green Lantern) that will always be tough to make work in a 'grounded' movie, Mr Fantastic's abilities especially. I think if they ever nail that and the tone of the concept, the rest of Fantastic Four shouldn't be that hard to get right.
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9:15AM on 08/17/2016
F4 new movie is on Netflix. That's how I watched it
F4 new movie is on Netflix. That's how I watched it
4:27PM on 08/17/2016
Not in the UK unfortunately, for whatever reason.
Not in the UK unfortunately, for whatever reason.
7:38AM on 08/17/2016
Why are actors, directors and script writers trying to justify what they would have done would have made it better, just stop. It was shit and obvious Fox doesn't know what to do with the material.
Why are actors, directors and script writers trying to justify what they would have done would have made it better, just stop. It was shit and obvious Fox doesn't know what to do with the material.
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2:30AM on 08/17/2016

Too Ambitious

That sounds good and all but there is no way on this planet that you could have done all that in one movie while tying in an origin story too
That sounds good and all but there is no way on this planet that you could have done all that in one movie while tying in an origin story too
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11:30PM on 08/16/2016

Too crowded. Way too crowded

There's already 4 heroes in your team and you want to introduce them AND have that many villains? The film had no chance to be good.
There's already 4 heroes in your team and you want to introduce them AND have that many villains? The film had no chance to be good.
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11:28PM on 08/16/2016
From what I read, it's a big gamble that either it works or doesn't work because they just put too much of everything in it.
From what I read, it's a big gamble that either it works or doesn't work because they just put too much of everything in it.
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10:21PM on 08/16/2016
I feel like Fox's next move will be to do a Fantastic 4 tv show. That seems to be the trend for popular characters that can't get a film series going (Punisher, Jack Ryan, etc.). And Fox is already planning x-men shows. However, I'm not sure if Fox needs a movie to keep the rights, or if a tv show would also allow them to keep the rights.
I feel like Fox's next move will be to do a Fantastic 4 tv show. That seems to be the trend for popular characters that can't get a film series going (Punisher, Jack Ryan, etc.). And Fox is already planning x-men shows. However, I'm not sure if Fox needs a movie to keep the rights, or if a tv show would also allow them to keep the rights.
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10:17PM on 08/16/2016
This film never had a chance of being good in the first place. All of it and everyone involved was just wrong for it.

I do hope that the rights eventually go back to Marvel and they can include the Fantastic Four and hopefully Doom, and Silver Surfer for their phase four plans. And I would love to see Alice Eve as Sue Storm, and Sam Claflin as Johnny Storm.
This film never had a chance of being good in the first place. All of it and everyone involved was just wrong for it.

I do hope that the rights eventually go back to Marvel and they can include the Fantastic Four and hopefully Doom, and Silver Surfer for their phase four plans. And I would love to see Alice Eve as Sue Storm, and Sam Claflin as Johnny Storm.
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10:04PM on 08/16/2016
Enough is enough just let it die already and let us move on.
Enough is enough just let it die already and let us move on.
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9:51PM on 08/16/2016
sorry. Craming Saving Private Ryan D-Day style scenes in F4 is nothing remotely close to the spirit of F4.
sorry. Craming Saving Private Ryan D-Day style scenes in F4 is nothing remotely close to the spirit of F4.
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9:13PM on 08/16/2016
The first part sounds promising, but the rest is your standard Spider-man 3 "cram every villain in one movie" mess.
The first part sounds promising, but the rest is your standard Spider-man 3 "cram every villain in one movie" mess.
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