Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four comes out on DVD and Blu-ray next week and is available to download now.
It’s no secret that the troubled reboot wasn’t received well when it was first released, with rumoured issues on-set and rewrites off-set all adding to the drama. But it’s often nice in these situations to take a step back to appreciate some of the original vision behind the production – and to that end, we’ve managed to get our hands on some previously unseen concept art for Fantastic Four.
Some artwork was posted by artist Steve Jung on his Facebook page a while ago, showing designs for Planet Zero and Doctor Doom’s Castle, which weren’t used.
“It got changed many times after I left the project,” he commented, also noting that the texture of the terrain is “cigarette buds from a picture of the director’s ashtray”.
Now, we have some later, official concept art for Planet Zero – and Reed’s Quantum Gate – by three other artists: Paul Ozzimo, Annis Naeem and Robert Simons.
It’s not unusual for productions to have multiple artists for different places, objects, etc, but it’s revealing just how different the work looks. The dates on the art range from 12.11.13 through 02.19.14 and 15.01.14 – even the labelling convention for dates is inconsistent.
Regardless, they’re beautiful drawings in their own right and give us a nice sense of how the vision of the film evolved as time went on.
Take a look at the pictures below – and keep an eye out for our incoming review of Fantastic Four, which will take a fresh look at the franchise’s reboot, away from the hype and backlash that surrounded its cinema release. If you can’t wait until next week to watch it yourself, it’s available to download now from iTunes, blinkbox, Amazon Instant Video, Wuaki.tv and Google Play.
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