5 items from 2015
As stories of Fantastic Four's production woes spread, Ryan looks behind the scenes at the body horror superhero film we'll never see...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Fantastic Four.
Casting controversy. Months of rumours about a tortuous, troubled production. Director Josh Trank’s already infamous (now deleted) tweet. The unrelentingly negative reviews.
Having already lived through all that, sitting in a darkened multiplex and actually watching Fox’s Fantastic Four feels less like a normal viewing experience and more like archaeology.
Where is Trank, the director of the superb Chronicle, in among all this? What happened to the David Cronenberg fan who wanted to make a "science fiction tale of something happening to your body and it transforming out of your control" according to a Collider interview? The superhero movie that would fit into the "science fiction, or horror, or even drama sections" of the old Blockbusters video chain? »
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
The departure of filmmaker Josh Trank on Friday from the upcoming second Star Wars standalone film has led to many questioning what exactly happened behind-the-scenes that caused him to have to pull out of such a high profile gig.
While the filmmaker himself said the departure was because he "made a personal decision" to leave, sources for The Hollywood Reporter suggest that reports of the young director's unusual conduct during the making of the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot did not sit well with Lucasfilm executives.
Murmurs of the 30-year-old Trank leaving the project first began a few weeks ago when he pulled out of a "Star Wars Celebration" panel at the last minute citing illness. Today's report says the filmmaker was asked by the studio not to attend while considering whether to proceed with him on the second "Star Wars: Anthology" title.
Producers on the upcoming "Fantastic Four" film faced »
- Garth Franklin
Last night it was announced that Josh Trank exited the second Star Wars spinoff after making a 'personal decision' that the project just wasn't right for him. Now, a new report claims that his behavior on the set of the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot is actually what led to him being fired by Lucasfilm and Disney. Apparently, his unusual conduct on the set of that film, which opens this August, alarmed LucasFilm executives, and they felt he couldn't be trusted with the second Untitled Star Wars Anthology Movie.
Questions began to arise when Josh Trank, who is 30, did not show up for his planned appearance at this year's Star Wars Celebration. At the time, both the director and Disney claimed he was suffering from the flu. Insiders say that Disney asked him not to attend as they tried to figure out how best to move forward with Josh Trank, as »
During Star Wars Celebration in mid-April there was to be a panel featuring directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, both of which were set to direct spinoff films in the new Star Wars Anthology -- Edwards directing Rogue One, releasing next year, and Trank directing a yet-to-be-titled feature. While that panel took place, Trank was a no show, the reason given that he was sick. Well, it turns out it was more than just a sickness. Announced this evening, Trank released a statement on the official Star Wars website saying: After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I'm making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I've put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars »
- Brad Brevet
5 items from 2015
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