The original screenwriter of Josh Trank's failed Fantastic Four reboot has revealed the details of his original script, which came much closer to the the franchise's comic book roots, and featured numerous villains including Annihilus, Doctor Doom, Mole Man, and even Galactus and Silver Surfer.
Screenwriter Jeremy Slater describes to ScreenCrush that the film's setting was a "kind of Hogwarts for nerdy kids," which would have included numerous technological wonders and super-science gadgets. Like in director Joshua Trank's final version, the team would have traveled through a portal to the Negative Zone (which wound up being called Planet Zero in the final film), where they would have encountered Annihilus. Annihilus would have seemingly killed Doom, though Doom would have returned later with armor crafted from Annihilus's carapace and Control Rod.
Much of this echoes what was seen in the film in a much more toned down context, but Slater's version only got bigger from there.
"In addition to Annihilus and the Negative Zone, we had Doctor Doom declaring war against the civilized world, the Mole Man unleashing a 60 foot genetically-engineered monster in downtown Manhattan, a commando raid on the Baxter Foundation, a Saving Private Ryan-style finale pitting our heroes against an army of Doombots in war-torn Latveria, and a post-credit teaser featuring Galactus and the Silver Surfer destroying an entire planet," Slater said. "We had monsters and aliens and Fantasticars and a cute spherical H.E.R.B.I.E. robot that was basically BB-8 two years before BB-8 ever existed. And if you think all of that sounds great...well, yeah, we did, too. The problem was, it would have also been massively, massively expensive."
Trank's final version, a much more grounded version of Slater's story, did not play well with critics or fans, though 20th Century Fox has maintained that a sequel could still happen despite a projected release date for the sequel being ceded to another unnamed project.