Two years after Noah Hawley dropped the bomb that he was developing a Doctor Doom movie for 20th Century Fox, the comic book movie remains in limbo.
The ever-busy Legion showrunner has only accumulated more projects in the interim, while a big question mark remains around Fox’s superhero properties in the face of the impending Disney-Fox deal. But while the film stalls indefinitely, despite a constructive meeting with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Hawley dropped a few more Doctor Doom movie plot details to keep us sated.
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When Noah Hawley announced that he was working on a Doctor Doom movie at last year’s Comic Con, it stirred up plenty of excitement among geeks who are fans of his surreal, radical take on the X-Men antihero in Legion. Hawley’s work is the perfect marriage between high-brow and high-key weird, which would deliver a fresh twist on a character who has so often been stuck as a supervillain to the Fantastic Four.
Now Hawley has a new update on his Doctor Doom movie, which he confirms already has a script. But with that good news comes the caveat: the movie probably won’t be coming to the big screen any time soon.
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At San Diego Comic-Con last year, Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley revealed that he was developing a Doctor Doom movie for 20th Century Fox. This news was met with excitement from fans who feel that the live-action Fantastic Four movies up to this point have done a disservice to the character of Doom — arguably Marvel’s greatest super-villain. Recently Hawley talked a little about his vision for the film as a political thriller along the lines of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Yet the proposed acquisition of Fox by Disney — which could fold the Fantastic Four and X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — could also complicate matters insofar as it may see some projects that were in development before the acquisition fall by the wayside.
The second season of Legion is now underway on FX and the show has allowed Hawley to carve out his own weird yet worthwhile corner of the X-universe on television. The show’s first season introduced one notable Marvel villain in a way that made him truly scary, and there is evidence now from the second season that Hawley may be crafting a Breaking-Bad-like origin tale for another such villain right under our noses. It just goes to show: he’s the perfect guy to tackle Doctor Doom.
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Plenty of Marvel movies have gone on to become acclaimed hits since the comic book movie boom really kicked off in 2000 with X-Men. Despite two different iterations hitting theaters, Fantastic Four isn’t one of them. The initial adaptation in the mid-2000s was a goofy family comedy trying to wear a super suit, and the more recent attempt was a hollow, gritty mess that may have once had its heart in the right place, but was an absolute disaster.
Therefore, it was surprising to hear that 20th Century Fox was keen on working with Legion creator and executive producer Noah Hawley to make a Marvel Comics movie focusing on Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom. For those wondering just how a movie about this comic book villain is going to work without the superhero team, Hawley provides some insight into what he hopes to do with the project. Read More »
As the possibility of a merger between Walt Disney Pictures and 20th Century Fox looms, the latter studio isn’t slowing down development on any of their projects. When it comes to any developments on films featuring Marvel Comics characters, it seems like the studio is trying to get as much off the ground as they can while the House of Mouse tries to finalize the deal.
Several new developments have surfaced from 20th Century Fox when it comes to Marvel properties. While we just heard about a Silver Surfer movie in the works, new details on the reshoots that caused New Mutants to be pushed back to 2019 have surfaced and it sounds like Fox wants to get the Deadpool spin-off X-Force off the ground as soon as possible. Read More »
Noah Hawley, the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Fargo dropped a bomb at the end of his Legion panel in Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic-Con International: “I’m developing a film for Fox, and I’ll just say two words. Doctor. Doom.” Read on for more info on Hawley’s Doctor Doom movie.
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