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Black Widow can punch explosions.
Fantastic…Bore. Fantastic…Fourth Worst Movie Ever Made. Fantastic…4%. Or, as some have taken to calling it, just ‘Four’.
It was the fail story of the Summer, with Twentieth Century Fox’s tentpole superhero blockbuster bombing so hard at the box office, it took out a five-mile stretch of Odeons in the Greater Bexleyheath area. In the September edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, Oli Davis, Rebecca Perfect, Luke Owen and Kat Kourbeti discuss the problems with the movie, the practice of entrusting $100million+ franchises with young, independent filmmakers (think Gareth Edwards on Godzilla and Colin Treverrow on Jurassic World), and who is really to blame for the movie’s failure – Fantastic Four’s director Josh Trank, or the studio that allegedly hamstrung his production?
Fantastic Four also gets to be the first film receiving the Best Bad Reviews treatment – our new series that »
- Oli Davis
Max Landis has been in the news a lot lately, partially due to his latest movie American Ultra bombing at the box office, but the writer also shared some of the pages of his Fantastic Four script and even talked about the plans he had for a trilogy. However before Fantastic Four and American Ultra, Landis was best known for Chronicle, which was directed by Josh Trank. Now Landis has spoken out about the ideas he had for a sequel.
“It begins in the storm with Steve (Michael B. Jordan),” Landis told The Daily Beast. “Lightning is going behind Steve and you hear Andrew (Dane DeHaan) going, ‘Leave me alone!’ and then you hear Matt (Alex Russell) go, ‘What’s going on? You have to come down right now!’ The next shot is the sun is rising over Seattle, they’re on a cliff outside the city, the camera’s »
- Luke Owen
With bits of news coming out about the troubled production of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four coming in drips and drabs, we’ve got some new concept art from Steve Jung, which reveals an early version of Planet Zero. The artwork matches an early draft of the movie which details the group’s first encounter with Galactus. However, Jung says that the castle belongs to Victor Von Doom, so this must have been from a later draft.
Check out the artwork below:
“I was on this one early on before all the drama happened,” Jung explains in his Facebook post. “None of my work made it to the movie (kinda glad) since it got changed many times after I left the project.”
- Luke Owen
In the wake of Fantastic Four’s disasterous release, Josh Trank’s Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis released the first four pages of his own script for the reboot of Marvel’s First Family, which was ultimately rejected by 20th Century Fox. Well, now the writer has opened up to The Daily Beast about his vision for the movie, which would have been the first instalment of a trilogy.
“My Fantastic Four was an on-the-run movie. It begins with their origin, which is an illegal Branson-esque space launch where they want to go see this thing. They become the biggest celebrities in the world, except then they wreck and they get these horrible powers. The government is hunting them and they split up, and you really get into the dynamics of these people as they’re learning to control their powers. So the origin takes place in the first two minutes »
- Gary Collinson
Max Landis has some choice words about the state of original concepts in movies. The screenwriter behind Chronicle and the James McAvoy-Daniel Radcliffe film Victor Frankenstein film saw his most recent work, American Ultra, hit theaters this past weekend. Unfortunately, it was beaten in ticket sales by Sinister 2 and Hitman: Agent 47. This prompted an intense rant from Landis on social media about original films vs. sequels, reboots and adaptations. According to Yahoo, which pulled Landis' tweets, he began by acknowledging the box office placement, which was even behind The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, both of which had already debuted in theaters in previous weeks. ...American Ultra was also beaten by the critically reviled Hitman Agent 47 and Sinister, despite being a better reviewed film than either.. . Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 22, 2015 According to Landis, American Ultra is a good movie, considered better than »
Despite being a fun, original action movie and what some are actually calling the best on-screen romance of the year, American Ultra didn't exactly light it up at the box office this weekend. Its weak sixth-place finish and $5.5 million probably won't get it a sequel (unless the international box office smokes the competition), but that doesn't mean writer Max Landis isn't already thinking about the further adventures of pot-heads-turned-assassins Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) and Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). In an interview with The Daily Beast, Landis -- who coins himself "an idea machine" -- dishes on his ideas for sequels to both American Ultra and the movie that helped launch his big-screen writing career, Chronicle. As for American Ultra, Landis says the...
- Erik Davis
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Chronicle writer Max Landis knows how to create original concepts and bash out killer scripts. Whether his intended visions for the prolific amount of screenplays he’s penned over the years truly come into being when passed to a director, you can’t doubt his enthusiasm for the craft. Even when he’s not contracted by studios and producers, he’s often busy tapping out a sequel or reboot to a movie that he might not own the rights to — but has oodles of passion for. Super Mario Bros., Ghostbusters, Lethal Weapon 5 are just a small pool of examples.
The most high-profile? Fantastic Four. Following the film’s public denouncement by every critic worth their salt, he posted the opening pages of his spec script to Twitter. Naturally, it hewed closer to the comic book and people on the whole thought it showed enormous potential. While »
- Gem Seddon
Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis may be a relatively new talent in Hollywood (he also wrote American Ultra in theaters right now, and Victor Frankenstein coming next year), but he’s been around the industry his entire life. His father is filmmakier John Landis, director of The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and Michael Jackson’s music video for “Thriller.” […]
The post Max Landis Pitches His Idea for ‘Lethal Weapon 5′ appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
With so many classic movies receiving sequels, reboots, and reimaginings, it’s really just a matter of time before we get a fifth Lethal Weapon movie. Screenwriter Max Landis -- who previously penned Chronicle -- believes he has found a way to breathe new life into the classic action franchise. In a recent interview with Grantland, while discussing their new film American Ultra, the conversation with Landis and director Nima Nourizadeh quickly turned towards how to go about a new adventure between Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). To which Landis quickly gave his pitch: The final Lethal Weapon, if I have to pocket-pitch it right now, is Murtaugh and Riggs are asked to work with a group of, like, four cops who are younger, who were all involved in an action movie that we didn’t see. You hear the report, and it sounds »
“American Ultra” is this August’s attempt to reel in audiences still hungry for that last bit of relentless, momentous summer action and thirsty for an original story. It succeeds moderately well at delivering both. The film follows lost soul/American slacker yute Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg). A kind, but broken burnout who spends his days manning the register at a Cash ‘n’ Carry convenience store, getting high in the empty parking lot, and sketching out the various adventures of his unrealized comic creation “Apollo Ape.” His nights pass with his beloved Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) in their not quite rundown, but “lived in” stoner love shack. Mike is crippled by paralyzing panic attacks whenever he attempts to travel and is convinced that he’s hobbling Phoebe’s full potential. She does, in fact, seem all but saintly, initially. Phoebe functions as what one character describes as Mike’s “girlfriend, mother, »
- Roth Cornet
The term ‘director’s jail’ might be a metaphorical one, but to those sentenced to it, it’s a very real thing. One flop too many (or a single giant one), rumors of bad behavior, or just pissing off the wrong people, and a filmmaker can find their calls unreturned, their projects lying dormant and their career prospects looking (at least) temporarily bleak. The latest director to end up there is Josh Trank. Once one of the brightest young talents out there, with “Chronicle” in his past and a “Star Wars” movie in his future, Trank became a cropper this year with “Fantastic Four,” where rumors of clashes and ‘interesting’ behavior during the shoot and the lousy reviews and box office were exacerbated by the director disowning the movie on Twitter on the day of release. A piece in the Hollywood Reporter suggests that the filmmaker might have some issues moving forward, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
So we’re finally in the last stretch of Summer, the slow march to reach the (hopefully) cooler temps just past Labor Day. And along with those Fall breezes will come the more, somber award-worthy films. But there’s still time for a bit of mayhem to squeeze into those final August days. And mayhem seems to be the main purpose of this new release hitting the multiplex. Its main character is on a mission (not for a microchip or some, such macguffin, but to survive along with his gal) and many assassins are mowed down along with even more property damage (they blow up good). But unlike Ethan Hunt or Mad Max, he’s not aware of his “particular set of skills” at the movie’s beginning. Like Clark Kent, is he meek and “mild-mannered”? Well, more like meek and “mellow”, thanks to some tasty herbs. And he’s »
- Jim Batts
Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Cara Delavingne (Paper Towns) will also appear in the film, which reportedly has a budget of around $180million and will see Owen play a character called Commander Arün Filitt
Besson has been working on the script for the film for many years, but “started again” after he saw Avatar and decided he had things to change because of it. Production is expected to get underway next year.
Valerian is set for release in 2017.
- Scott J. Davis
American Ultra aims to mix violence, absurdity, humor, and romance. It achieves this goal...poorly. Somewhat surprising, since stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart had such great chemistry in Adventureland. Unfortunately, a pedantic script from Max Landis (Chronicle) and maudlin direction by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) doesn't recreate that magic. American Ultra had promise. A comedic take on the CIA's infamous Mk Ultra program could have been great. We'll have to wait for a better film, because American Ultra falls woefully short.
Jesse Eisenberg stars as slacker stoner Mike Howell. He and his hippie girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart); live a relatively carefree existence in a small Virginia town. They smoke weed, work menial jobs, and are madly in love. Mike suffers from overwhelming panic attacks every time he tries to leave town. His hope of proposing to Phoebe in Hawaii ends disastrously when he can't even get on the plane. »
You have to feel a little sorry for Josh Trank. Seemingly destined for great things after breaking out with 2012’s Chronicle, it would now appear that director’s career has spectacularly stalled thanks to his Fantastic Four reboot proving to be a disaster both creatively and financially.
If scathing reviews and reports of a conflict-heavy shoot weren’t enough to tar Trank’s reputation, his film has committed the ultimate Hollywood sin and failed to ignite the box office. As a result, Trank’s prospects as a director now look decidedly bleak.
That said, he needn’t give up all hope just yet – he’s just one of many, many filmmakers who have over the years delivered failed movies, or fallen into the trap of an uncontrollable production. And sometimes, those filmmakers – as if spurred on by the disaster of their previous effort – have bounced back with great, generation-defining movies. »
- James Garcia
Rolled into a joint made with the kief leftover from a dozen different movies, American Ultra is a natural underachiever. An early action scene, in which our protagonist average Joe brutally dispatches of two government goons through unconscious reflex, is a familiar one. So too are many of the events that follow, like when a military liaison explains to his CIA superior (Topher Grace, delightful) why their hit on a former asset has gone pear-shaped. “How is he still alive?” yells Grace’s pissy and psychotic company man. “Well, sir,” replies the Army brass, “he had a spoon.”
Deadpan statements shine like whites beneath the wide, spectral black light of American Ultra’s influences. It’s a paranoid pothead thriller (The Bourne Indica) that’s been hybridized with a sweetly simple relationship comedy. It’s also a violent action vehicle, a dopey stoner romp, and a Looney Tunes vision of surveillance state overreach. »
- Sam Woolf
The Long Spliff Goodnight: Nourizadeh’s Stoner Action Flick Mixes Kooky with Convention
Comprised of a tangle of similar narrative threads spliced together from a variety of genres and time periods, Nima Nourizadeh’s sophomore directorial effort American Ultra is generally more often entertaining than not, though considering the significant reputations of its leads and zany array of the supporting cast, it could have been better served with a bit more outlandishness than the conventional acts it delivers. As it stands, the success of this rural set conspiracy comedy depends mostly on the low-key charm this rather approximately defined scenario allows to transpire, but it ultimately isn’t goofy enough to allow for the cult notoriety something like this promises. As scripted by Max Landis (again returning to the landscape of youthful, self-reliant outsiders as in his 2012 Chronicle), there’s not a whole lot of surprise, but much like its drug of choice, »
- Nicholas Bell
Like Tim Burton’s Superman Lives or James Cameron’s Spider-Man, we will never see the true version of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. Among the many public problems the film has had in the last couple of weeks (see here, here, here, here, here and here), it was revealed by screenwriter Jeremy Slater that not much of his script was left in the final version. That version we eventually saw was re-written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) at the behest of Fox who worried Slater’s script was too expensive. Well, the chaps over at Birth.Movies.Death got a hold of Slater’s original script – which had Galactus, Mole Man, Herbie the Robot, Fantasticar and Doctor Doom as a Latverian dictator.
Here’s the breakdown:
As in the final film Reed goes to the Baxter Building as part of a science scholarship; there he meets Sue and Victor Von Doom. »
- Luke Owen
We've seen a number of Frankenstein tales over the years, but we've never really seen one told from Igor's perspective. That's what Victor Frankenstein -- in theaters November 25 -- looks to deliver, along with some pretty gnarly gothic horror vibes. Written by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra), this latest version of the classic Frankenstein tale feels a bit like a ghoulish Sherlock Holmes in terms of the chaotic relationship between stars James McAvoy (Victor Von Frankenstein) and his loyal assistant, Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). And there's most definitely some freaky body-horror stuff going on -- all of it wrapped around the tale of a man's attempts to create new life out of... well, maybe you should just watch this. Check out the first...
- Erik Davis
It’s safe to say that 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four is the summer’s highest profile casualty. Dying a horrible death across the globe at the box office, early word before the film was released was that it was a production that was filled with problems, many of which may well be true given the reaction and final product.
Director Josh Trank supposedly battled through the production, and word of reshoots were seemingly just the tip of the iceberg. Now, word comes from EW that a scene present in the early trailer for the film may have gone at least a small way to making the film a little better. The scene, featuring Jamie Bell’s The Thing, centered around the image of the hero dropping from a plane back down to Earth.
Apparently coming just after the heroes gained their powers from their unsupervised trip through the dimensional portals, »
- Scott J. Davis
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