LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - 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 Friday release.
"A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews," the filmmaker wrote of the 20th Century Fox pic. "You'll probably never see it. That's reality though."
The tweet was quickly deleted from his account.
A spokesman for 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 it "feels like a protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up...that might never happen."
Trank, who previously directed Chronicle for Fox, was scheduled to shoot a Star Wars spinoff next for Disney and Lucasfilm but abruptly left the project earlier this year. He later explained his departure, saying he that didn't like the high-profile status.
"I want to do something original after this because I've been living under public scrutiny, as you've seen, for the last four years of my life," he said. "And it's not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that's below the radar."
Speculation emerged following the announcement that Trank been fired from the Star Wars film due to erratic behavior on the set of Fantastic Four.
"None of those facts were true," he said. "And any of the facts that were true were spun in such a maliciously wrong way."
Fantastic Four, which cost $120 million to produce, is expected to debut to $40 million this weekend at the box office.