Hey, Remember That Debunked FANTASTIC FOUR Synopsis? It Might Be Legit

Hey, Remember That Debunked FANTASTIC FOUR Synopsis? It Might Be Legit

20th Century Fox has been asking websites to remove a purported synopsis about their upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Same synopsis that director Josh Trank "debunked" just a few weeks ago.

Hey, remember that silly Fantastic Four synopsis that first appeared on Acting Auditions? You know, the same one that Josh Trank "debunked" a little over a week ago on Twitter:

20th Century Fox has sent out a stream of "cease and desist" letters to websites that had posted it. That would imply that the purported synopsis isn't quite as fictitious as Trank made it seem. That synopsis in question can still be found online (click here).

Den of Geek has responded to Fox's letter:
In spite of Josh Trank debunking the Fantastic Four reboot synopsis we ran in the story as false, we've now had a letter from lawyers acting for Fox, saying that "It has come to our attention that you have posted a purported plot details from the Fox Property on your website", adding that "These purported plot details provide important qualitative details about character, plot, setting and mood, thereby violating Fox's rights in the copyrights to the screenplay of the Fox Property".

Well: if they're not true, then Fox has no legal jurisdiction over them. So what we originally thought to be false now appears to be partly confirmed at least, as a result of well-paid lawyers demanding their removal.

This would be yet another Josh Trank denial that doesn't hold water. The director has made it a habit, tweeting denials to various Fantastic Four rumors that later turned out to be true. A few examples: the Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller casting rumors. It was reported that Michael B. Jordan was in the running for Human Torch/Johnny Storm, which Trank denied, but since then various trades have confirmed Jordan's involvement and view him as a lock for the part. Then there was the Miles Teller rumor claiming that the actor had auditioned for Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards. Trank swiftly tweeted a denial to that, but since then reliable news sites have stated that Teller is very much in the mix for the part.

Which brings us to Josh Gad ("Frozen"). Recently, Movies.com claimed that Gad was Fox's number one choice for the part of The Thing/Ben Grimm. Trank and Gad were quick to issue denials, but Movies.com stood by their story. So, factor in all of Trank's false denials, and I now have to believe that Gad actually is the top contender to be the Fantastic Four's orange, rock-covered superhero. It's clobberin' time? Ugh!
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LEEE777 - 2/4/2014, 5:56 AM
They messed up the first FF and this one looks more messed up, please just let MARVEL STUDIOS have it back, perfect at Disney :p
LEEE777 - 2/4/2014, 5:56 AM
Pretty plz : D
Starlight - 2/4/2014, 10:06 AM
It's either the TRUE Synopsis or Fox just don't want people to think that's true as it REALLY SUCKS and could "hurt" the future movie...
CherryBomb - 2/4/2014, 10:07 AM

The Trank account isn't even verified,
so people should take it with a pinch of salt anyway.
Omarvls - 2/4/2014, 10:09 AM
Just return it to Marvel already
this is looking like a train wreck
WeddingTux - 2/4/2014, 10:09 AM
you have posted a purported plot details from the Fox Property on your website. These purported plot details provide important qualitative details about character, plot, setting and mood, thereby violating Fox's rights in the copyrights to the screenplay of the Fox Property". Oohhhohohooo I plan on doing a lot of that, I'll be hearing from your lawyers quite soon 20th Century Fahx. Muahahahahaha!
Pasto - 2/4/2014, 10:10 AM
TO legit! TO legit to quit!
Jollem - 2/4/2014, 10:10 AM

keep ff away from marvel studios, thanks
Pasto - 2/4/2014, 10:10 AM
Tyke is going to have a field day.
TheBeard - 2/4/2014, 10:12 AM
meanwhile the clock keeps ticking down on the rights reverting home to Marvel.
Primordiac - 2/4/2014, 10:13 AM
AvengersRock - 2/4/2014, 10:14 AM
I'm in complete agreement! Let the rights revert back to Marvel!

My only concern if rights do revert is that Marvel would need to start doing three movies a year so they can do justice to all the source material.

The a year Marvel! You can do it!
AvengersRock - 2/4/2014, 10:14 AM
*Three a year
Jollem - 2/4/2014, 10:15 AM
nobody knows anything about the movie yet for sure. how can you say it's going to suck? that's just silly
Dev7 - 2/4/2014, 10:16 AM
Hmmmmm, who to believe the director of the movie who is closest to what's happening with the movie or "news sites" who is more likely farthest away from the truth and is probably making up another story about FOX contacting them. Tough choice.,.
Jollem - 2/4/2014, 10:16 AM
i waited until i saw iron man 3 before i knew it sucked
dethpillow - 2/4/2014, 10:18 AM
interesting. that surprises me.

like if i just posted random fan fic of FF, they clearly wouldn't have any right to ask me to take it down. maybe Marvel might but no one would care i think.

but if i post something that purports to be a rumor or some inside information, about their film, even if it's totally false, it seems reasonable that they'd ask me to take it down.

Just the fact that they ask a person to take something down, also doesn't mean they have a legal right to do that.
BritishMonkey - 2/4/2014, 10:19 AM
It's all going to shit.
Come next month the rights'll go back to Marvel I bet. Hopefully.
dethpillow - 2/4/2014, 10:20 AM
@Jollem - and you can wait until u see it a 4th time to decide it is pure, uncut genius, the likes of which the world has never, nor will ever see again.

so enjoy this time while you can. the truth is descending upon. mile by mile.
crashing down upon your eyes like a runaway freight train in the sky, coming at you.
WeddingTux - 2/4/2014, 10:20 AM
SPOILERS The Annihilation Wave invasion is the main focus of Fantastic Four in the Negative Zone; but Mole Man, Doctor Doom, and Annihilus are also part of the script. Harvey Elder discovers young Annihilus hiding in the Naica Crystal Caves on an island called Monster Isle. Scientists begin trading information and advanced alien weaponry ignoring the dangers, but when Annihilus starts killing scientists, Doom and Reed build this hi-tech armor to defeat him. Reed gets expelled because the face-plate he designed ends up scarring Viktor's face, so Doom goes to Monster Island but is no match for Annihilus and he gets sent through a portal, Viktor winds up drifting thru subspace for an eternity. Franklin Storm's academy will be called Future Foundation in name only, they build a portal in Nevada on a mission to rescue Viktor, but NASA takes too long in transporting their space-shuttle, so the F4 grows impatient and experiments with the matter-transmitter device, of course resulting in the accident. When they go back to NYC under Baxter Building quarantine, they learn The Annihilation Wave is attacking from below the surface so Reed enlists the help of Mole Man to investigate the disturbances underground in NYC's Subway tunnels. Harvey had acquired a Tyannan spore-gun from Annihilus (it turns spores into bullets) so Reed & Harvey think to modify four handheld guns and use Cordyceps spores (Last of Us) which have devastating effects on insects. If I said anything more about the plot or plot devices FOX would jump outta the bushes and stab me. We know the CGI teams are working on an "exploding mushroom" special effect, because making insects explode with fungus is a really funny and spectacular thing to behold, it sounds strange but it really works for the screen. The Fantastic Four has never used sci-fi guns to battle swarms of evil bugs in the comics before, but it does take a page from Metroid: Prime and Halo: Combat Evolved. The four main superpowers still have renderings left over from the last films, so much of the focus has gone into crafting outer space and bug-splattering effects. It won't be a found-footage film, it will be a mockumentary in the same vein as District-9. The cast and supporting characters will be much bigger, though not as ambitious as its predecessor XM:DoFP I believe the 2005 one only had six main characters while now its closer to fifteen main actors.
mattattack - 2/4/2014, 10:20 AM
If that ends up being true then my hope for a great FF is gonna be almost non existent ha
ChrispyG - 2/4/2014, 10:20 AM
I'm going to sound like a broken record, but they should probably just let the rights revert back to Marvel Studios. Disney should throw a few bucks their way to get them to let the rights revert.
Pasto - 2/4/2014, 10:20 AM
My knee hurts. I knew something bad was going to happen today.
EvilSuperman - 2/4/2014, 10:21 AM
Man oh man this just keeps getting more and more interesting.

But wake me up when there is something to be confirmed and we know what's going down
dethpillow - 2/4/2014, 10:21 AM
there is nowhere to hide Jollem, Iron Man 3 will get you.
it knows your name, now.
Pasto - 2/4/2014, 10:21 AM
Sounds awesome Tyke.
Pasto - 2/4/2014, 10:22 AM
"We know the CGI teams are working on an "exploding mushroom" special effect, because making insects explode with fungus is a really funny and spectacular thing to behold, it sounds strange but it really works for the screen."

Equivocal - 2/4/2014, 10:22 AM
if this movie gets made at fox, it should FLOP HARD so they would feel forced to give the rights back where it belongs:

DrunkenNukem - 2/4/2014, 10:22 AM
I liked @tykes rumors better than this...

Sure tucks is involved in this
JasonBlue - 2/4/2014, 10:22 AM
somewhere shia labeouf is happy
cipher - 2/4/2014, 10:22 AM

I'm usually too bloody aloof to take most of the stuff I read seriously.
dethpillow - 2/4/2014, 10:22 AM
zDMT - that sounds so rad. this better happen.
McNyagano - 2/4/2014, 10:23 AM
So that synopsis was true?

Pasto - 2/4/2014, 10:24 AM
Wait.....What if Link/Tucks/Tyke IS Trank?
Jollem - 2/4/2014, 10:24 AM
@dethpillow - marvel studios is winning
monkeyballs - 2/4/2014, 10:24 AM
Miles Teller looks like a relative of Jollem's favorite band.

EvilSuperman - 2/4/2014, 10:24 AM

Haha! That is laughably bad and horrendous. If somebody shot that on film and called it The Fantastic Four, then WOW! I'd be driven to drink
dethpillow - 2/4/2014, 10:24 AM
@JasonBlue - i'm glad somewhere he's happy...

cuz the one whose face i'm sitting on right now is anything but. i can assure you.
Jollem - 2/4/2014, 10:24 AM
tell me about the winning, george
SuperCat - 2/4/2014, 10:25 AM
I got you the new Beats by Dre headphones, gusto. You owe me!

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