Last year’s Fantastic Four is probably one of the worst comic book movies to hit the screen in recent years, but things could have turned out differently if original screenwriter Jeremy Slater’s vision for Marvel’s First Family had been used instead of director Josh Trank's take on the material.
Slater has opened up about his original script for Fox’s Fantastic Four franchise reboot, revealing the movie would have featured some iconic Marvel characters. Although some of the things he wanted to include in the superhero movie sounds good (in part) on paper (Annihilus! Galactus! Silver Surfer!) and might have looked cool on the big screen, it would have been, as he says, “massively” expensive to make.
Speaking to Screen Crush, Slater hints that the original story would have drawn more material from the comics, and that it would have been different in tone from what we ultimately got. Slater says he was going with a story with “lots of humor, lots of heart, lots of spectacle,” while director Josh Trank wanted something “grounded, gritty, and as realistic as possible.”
The movie would’ve explored more of Reed Richards’ recruitment by the Baxter Foundation and his relationship with Victor (von Doom). Slater also revealed that there was still a portal device at the center of our heroes' ultimate transformation, but they would have gone to the Negative Zone instead of “Planet Zero,” where they would have fought off Annihilus, described by Slater as “a pissed-off cybernetic T-Rex.”
In his original script, Victor is seemingly killed by Annihilus while the rest of the team are zapped with radiation while they return home, which gives them their fantastic powers. Slater says Victor would have returned from the Negative Zone, “having killed Annihilus and reshaped his Control Rod into a sort of living body armor.” He also added:
“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.”
There you have it. What do you think of Jeremy Slater’s original vision for the Fantastic Four movie?
(via Screen Crush)