I think a lot of that is reputation salvaging to be honest. All these leaks are very reminiscent of what Josh Trank and his people were saying after Fantastic Four bombed. You can see J.Js fingerprints all over this. Was there studio interference? Likely. Is this also CLEARLY a JJ Abrams film oh hell yes.
Unless J.J. had a lot less control in writing the script than we know about, I question how much he would be absolved even if those leaks are true. I didn’t exactly leave Rise thinking, “You know, if the movie were just 30 minutes longer, that would’ve been a winner.” Personally I think it was doomed even before it… Read more