by Variety Staff
Director Josh Trank suggested on Thursday that he wasn’t responsible for the final cut of Fantastic Four, which has been widely panned by critics prior to its opening on Friday.
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews,” the filmmaker wrote on Twitter. “You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
The tweet was quickly deleted from his account.
A spokesman for 20th Century Fox could not be reached for comment.
Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, has only a 9% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Variety critic Brian Lowry wrote that the film “feels like a protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up…that might never happen.”
Costing $120 million to produce, Fantastic Four is expected to debut to $40 million at the box office this weekend.
Trank, who last directed Chronicle for Fox, abruptly left one of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars spin-offs earlier this year over creative differences.