Noah Hawley's DOCTOR DOOM Film Has a Script But The Movie is Currently on Hold
One Marvel film project at Fox that I've been looking forward to seeing is Noah Hawley's Doctor Doom movie. We've got an update on that project for you today from Hawley himself. On a positive note, the script for the film is pretty much finished. On a negative note, the movie isn't going to happen anytime soon.
While talking to Vulture, the filmmaker said, "I wrote a script that I really like and the studio really likes, it needs a little work."
Hawley is currently set to direct the sci-fi drama Pale Blue Dot with Jon Hamm and Natalie Portman, which pretty much forced him to stop working on Doctor Doom for the time being. He goes on to say:
"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 [Doctor Doom] after [Pale Blue Dot]."
Hawley also addresses the big Fox and Disney deal that is still underway and how that could affect the film project 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."
It really is going to be interesting to see what happens if Disney does regain the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. As happy as I'd be for that to happen, I still would love to see Hawley get to make his Doom film because I think he'd give fans something great.
He still does believe that the studio would like to make it, and says "we’re all just trying to figure out how and when we’re gonna do that." When previously talking about the film and what he is going for, the filmmaker 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?”
No matter what happens between Disney and Fox, I just hope that Hawley gets a chance to make his Doctor Doom film.