The Original 'Fantastic Four' Script Sounds Awesome

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 - 8:30PM
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Fantastic Four
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 - 8:30PM
The Original 'Fantastic Four' Script Sounds Awesome
We all know that 2015's Fantastic Four is quite possibly the worst superhero movie ever made, but it originally had a chance to be pretty awesome. At least according to original screenwriter Jeremy Slater, who shared with Screen Crush some of the details from his amazing-sounding initial script.

Slater says just one line from the 10-15 drafts he wrote for director Josh Trank made it into the film, and that's a shame, because his version sounds infinitely better. He describes the Baxter Foundation, the ambiguous center where the heroes are brought together in the film, as a "Hogwarts for nerds: a school filled with young geniuses zipping around on prototype hoverboards and experimenting with anti-gravity and teleportation and artificial lifeforms." He also would have given Dr. Doom considerably more characterization, featured the Negative Zone and Annihilus, and a lot more fun stuff for the comics and fans:

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"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."
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According to Slater, Trank wanted a more gritty and realistic approach - plus his version would have been extremely expensive. Still, maybe if the rights ever revert back to Marvel, hopefully they'll look up Slater for a much-needed reboot. 


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