Moon Knight Writer Explains the Problem With Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four

Jeremy Slater opens up about the problem he had co-writing Josh Trank’s 2015 Fantastic Four reboot that he didn’t face writing Moon Knight.

Moon Knight head writer Jeremy Slater revealed the biggest challenge he faced as a co-writer on Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four.

When asked what lessons he learned while working on Fantastic Four, the scribe explained his problems during the production arose from him trying to write the script in the same style as a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. According to Slater, this approach clashed with Trank’s vision for the film, presumably causing creative friction between the pair.

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Co-written by Slater, Trank and Simon Kinberg, the 2015 Fantastic Four is noted for its darker tone compared to director Tim Story’s mid-2000s adaptations, Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The movie is also markedly more intense than the average MCU outing and was inspired as much by sci-fi horror films like The Fly and Scanners as it was by superhero comics and films. Slater has previously admitted he never came around to this take on the source material, and he reportedly left the project six months into production.


Fantastic Four ultimately opened to scathing reviews from critics, who objected to the film’s downbeat vibe, uneven visual effects and lackluster story. The film’s commercial reception wasn’t much better either. Fantastic Four only made $167.9 million against a budget of $120 million, which means it lost 20th Century Fox an estimated $80 million once the cost of Fantastic Four‘s expensive marketing campaign is taken into consideration.

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Not everyone involved with the production believes Trank’s vision is the reason it failed, though. Toby Kebbell, who played Doctor Doom, recently blamed Fox for Fantastic Four‘s critical and financial woes. “I think we were a victim of bad leadership and organization. I actually thought people in charge — I mean in charge, in charge, not people creating and working on set — I think there were opportunities [to get the characters and story right].”


While fans may never find out who is really responsible for the 2015 Fantastic Four flopping, they will get the chance to see a new approach to the property similar to what Slater originally pitched. Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts was hired to helm yet another Fantastic Four reboot in December 2020, which will integrate Marvel’s First Family into the MCU.

Both the 2005 and 2015 versions of Fantastic Four are currently streaming on Disney+. 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was removed from the platform on Dec. 1, 2021, and there is no word on when it is expected to return.


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