The Movie Science Of Fantastic 4
Fantastic Four is a fantastic flop – but did the science on-screen fail as well? We asked a real scientist if the science was fantastic or doomed.
Fantastic Four (stylized as Fant4stic) is a 2015 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the third theatrical Fantastic Four film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox, and a reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise. Directed by Josh Trank, with a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Trank, the film stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, and Tim Blake Nelson. In Fantastic Four, the team must learn to harness abilities gained from an alternate universe to save Earth from a friend turned enemy.
In August 2009, development of the film was announced. In July 2012, Trank was hired to direct and Slater to write the screenplay; though the film’s direction is credited to Trank, he criticized the finished film in social media and suggested he had not had final cut rights. In October 2013, Kinberg was hired as a co-writer. By January 2014, Kinberg finished rewriting the script and casting began. Principal photography commenced in May 2014 and concluded in August the same year. The film was shot in Baton Rouge,Louisiana. Fantastic Four premiered in New York on August 4, 2015, and was released in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2015 and in North American theatres on August 7. The film was panned by critics and audiences alike and underperformed at the box office, earning only $25.7 million in North America during its opening weekend (against an estimated budget of $200 million, including marketing). A sequel is scheduled for release on June 9, 2017.