'Ant-Man' director talks about scrapped 'Fantastic Four' film

Filmmaker Peyton Reed has opened up about why his version of "Fantastic Four" film was scarped, saying he could not make the movie "in that environment". Reed, who was originally attached to 20th Century Fox movie, long before it was handed over to director Josh Trank, said he was a huge Marvel fan but his version differed from the one Fox wanted to make, reported Digital Spy.

PTI| Updated: Jul 22, 2015, 10:01 AM IST
'Ant-Man' director talks about scrapped 'Fantastic Four' film
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London: Filmmaker Peyton Reed has opened up about why his version of "Fantastic Four" film was scarped, saying he could not make the movie "in that environment". Reed, who was originally attached to 20th Century Fox movie, long before it was handed over to director Josh Trank, said he was a huge Marvel fan but his version differed from the one Fox wanted to make, reported Digital Spy.

"I was a huge Marvel fan when I was a kid and knew 'Fantastic Four' inside out... So I went in and got (hired for) the movie... I developed it for the better part of a year with three different sets of writers.

"But it became clear after a while that Fox had a very different movie in mind and they were also chasing a release date... So we ended up parting company. I felt like I couldn't make the movie I wanted to make in that environment," he said.

Reed, who recently directed the superhero film "Ant-Man", added that such an "environment" is very different to the way that Fox and Marvel Studios work today. "Fox at that time had a very specific idea... They wanted to pitch it much younger than I wanted to and I always felt like they were treating those characters like b-level characters.

"I never felt like they understood the real strength of that property. (I) actually feel like Joss Whedon's first 'Avengers' did a lot of the same things that I would have liked to have done in Fantastic Four."

The director said he is "psyched" about Trank's version of "Fantastic Four" which will open in cinemas in the US on August 7.