LEGION Creator Noah Hawley Confirms He's Been Talking with Marvel About His DOCTOR DOOM Film
It looks like Noah Hawley’s Doctor Doom movie that was set up at Fox isn’t completely dead yet. The creator of Legion recently talked to THR and revealed that he recently had a meeting with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
During that interview, they shed some light on what that meeting was about, saying:
“I did sit down with [Marvel Studios' president] Kevin Feige recently and I said that I look at myself as sort of the Marvel R&D department. I know the genre can do all of these amazing things that [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] is doing, but my feeling is, what else can we do with it? Can we make it surreal? Can we make it musical? Not as a gimmick, but all of these techniques are about putting you into the subjective experience of these characters.”
He then went on to reveal that he is also still in talks with Marvel about making his Doctor Doom movie:
“I wrote a script about Doctor Doom, an antihero story I really like, and we're still talking about making it. I'm trying to get out from under this movie I made and this last season of Legion, and Fargo is coming back up… but for better or worse, these are the stories we want to hear right now.”
It’s good to hear that his Doctor Doom movie isn’t dead. Who knows, maybe Hawley will direct a different Marvel film before he gets around to Doctor Doom. I’m just glad the project isn’t dead. I really liked what he was planning on doing with it.
The filmmaker previously said that “he envisions Doctor Doom as a geopolitical thriller more than a standard superhero movie.” The story begins with Doom “putting a dome over Latveria, the fictional European country he rules. He later invites a female journalist to be his voice to the world, meaning its protagonist would be someone without superpowers.”
When talking about how he would handle the character, Hawley explained:
"What’s interesting to me about Doom’s character is he’s the King of an Eastern European country and is there a version of this that is more of a political thriller that mixes genre?…It’s something that Captain America: The Winter Soldier did really well, which was kind of make a Cold War thriller movie out of a superhero movie. This is different than that, but it does have this idea of, and I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is a mixture of genres… the mandate is not to re-launch the Fantastic Four franchise as much as it is to take this fascinating and under-served character and really build a movie about him where we ask the question: Is he a hero? Is he a villain? What does he really want?”
It’d be cool to see Hawley eventually get around to making his Doctor Doom movie. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy whatever other projects he ends up developing for our entertainment.