Noah Hawley, the mastermind behind the television adaptation of Fargo and Legion, confirmed last year that he was writing a big-screen treatment for one of Marvel’s greatest villains, Doctor Doom. The writer/director has just spoken up about the project and when we might be seeing it (spoiler alert: it may not be for a while).
While talking to Vulture, Hawley had this to say:
“I wrote a script that I really like and the studio really likes. It needs a little work.”
He then went on to talk about the primary roadblock slowing the movie down, his big-screen directorial debut Pale Blue Dot:
“It’s hard for me, at this exact moment – because I start shooting another movie in five weeks – to do that work. So, I mean, my hope is to go back to [the Doom movie] after [Pale Blue Dot].”
The other, more public and talked about roadblock, is the Disney/Fox merger. Fox being the owner of the Fantastic Four and their characters’ movie rights. Hawley commented on that merger as well:
“I know there’s also a little uncertainty, given the potential for a Disney merger and the fact that Marvel may regain control of X-Men and Fantastic Four. They may have a plan of their own in a desk drawer. I just don’t know. So, I think there’s sort of a sense of uncertainty.”
This news is a little discouraging. I was extremely excited to see what Hawley could do with a full-length Doom movie and see what that looked like. Hopefully they can get it off the ground before the merger is finalized and we get to see Fox produce a legitimate Doctor Doom. Only time will tell.
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Doctor Doom is in development.