'Doctor Doom' Movie is Being Developed by the Showrunner of 'Legion'

Friday, 21 July 2017 - 8:35PM
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Friday, 21 July 2017 - 8:35PM
'Doctor Doom' Movie is Being Developed by the Showrunner of 'Legion'
Marvel
The Fantastic Four franchise has been disastrous for years now, a problem which only sort of explains Fox's new decision: a Fantastic Four movie that doesn't actually star the Fantastic Four.

Twentieth Century Fox has announced that, instead of trying to follow up Josh Trank's abysmal 2015 Fantastic Four movie, they will instead provide fans with a Doctor Doom movie - Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo) made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, ending a panel on FX's Legion by announcing his new movie with two words: "Doctor. Doom."

What? You didn't want to see a movie about Victor Von Doom, dictator of Latveria? Initially, this sounds like a simple case of Fox making yet another terrible decision regarding a comic book property that the studio's heads really don't understand. But there's a wrinkle in this particular plan that actually makes it sound like a halfway decent idea: the movie will be written and possibly directed by Noah Hawley.

Suddenly this whole kooky plan makes sense. After all, Hawley has a proven track record with taking Marvel villains and crafting a surreal but fascinating story around them. His work with the X-Men spinoff show Legion looked like a confusing mess when we only had brief promos to go by, but actually watching the show revealed that it was far more nuanced and engaging than anybody could have imagined.



Clearly Fox is hoping that Hawley can spin the same kind of gold with a more well known villain - one that, to this day, nobody has gotten quite right on screen (even Stan Lee hates the movie Doctor Doom, and he's overwhelmingly positive about everything). It's even possible, considering Hawley's own storytelling style, that Fox might have approached him to do a Fantastic Four movie, and he decided to cherry-pick the villain as the center of his film, just to be different.

Whatever bizarre chain of events has led us to this point, this news is conflicting. On the one hand, nobody was exactly crying out for a movie about Doctor Doom, but on the other hand, this sounds like the perfect project for Noah Hawley to sink his teeth into, and his track record speaks for itself. If any Fantastic Four movie can escape the curse of mediocrity, it's this one.

Alternatively, if this spinoff doesn't work out, Fox can always make a movie about H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot instead.

Via: Collider

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