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Max Landis Fantastic Four script pages shared on Twitter

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Fox’s latest take on Fantastic Four sadly did not take the box office by storm in its opening weekend, a result soured by critics’ reviews and reports of a troubled production.

The Josh Trank-directed take on Marvel’s First Family came from a script with Trank, Simon Kinberg, and Jeremy Slater all credited. But Max Landis, the screenwriter of Trank’s last film, Chronicle, has also posted a peek at what his vision for Fantastic Four would have looked like.

Landis tweeted the first four pages of his Fantastic Four script from four years ago, and it offers a much different start than either the latest version of the superhero team or the 2005 incarnation.

The script pages showcase a story where the team appears to already be together, as a suite of government forces closes in on Richards farm. There, Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Sue Storm, and Ben Grimm escape confrontation by blasting their ship, dubbed The Fantastic, out from a barn on the property.

Last week, Landis tweeted that it was in fact Reed Richards who named the ship The Fantastic, while also sharing that his take was “primarily a fun heartfelt comedy about science and friendship.” He also revealed what one of the action sequences involving Mr. Fantastic would have entailed.

Read the pages from Landis’ script below, and if you’re in the mood for more unproduced Landis work, you can also read a more-than-400-page script he wrote as a teenager about Super Mario.

 

 

You can next catch Landis’ work in American Ultra, which he wrote the script for, when that film hits theaters on Aug. 21.

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