Noah Hawley — the man behind Legion and Fargo — finished work on a Doctor Doom script but now there’s a chance the movie might not even be made…
There’s a Doctor Doom movie script out there but whether or not the film will ever be made remains to be seen.
Noah Hawley, who is best known as the creator and show runner behind FX series Fargo and Legion — was hired to craft a script around Fantastic Four villain Victor Von Doom that would work as a standalone story separate from the superheroes who always find a way to stop him.
Interest in villain led projects have become really popular lately with Sony about to release Venom later this year and Warner Bros. working on an upcoming Joker film as well.
Hawley’s vision for a Doctor Doom movie is a little different than the typical take on the ominous character with his plans to turn this story into a ‘political thriller’ rather than just a bad guy trying to take over the world.
According to Hawley, he finished working on the Doctor Doom script and he really likes how it turned out. In fact, Hawley says FOX also liked the ideas and all that needs to be completed are some revisions on the script but he’s five weeks out from his next film project called Pale Blue Dot where he’ll direct Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm for several months.
“I wrote a script that I really like and the studio really likes,” Hawley told Vulture. “It needs a little work. 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].”
That delay might doom the movie (no pun intended) because the other major hurdle is the pending sale of the majority of FOX’s assets to Disney in a blockbuster deal worth more than $52 billion. If the sale goes through, Disney would obtain the entire FOX film library as well as the rights to Marvel characters such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
That also means Doctor Doom would become Disney’s property as well and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige might have much different plans for the character than the movie that Hawley has already written.
“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,” Hawley added. “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.
“I think the studio would like to make it. I think we’re all just trying to figure out how and when we’re gonna do that.”
Will we ever see this Doctor Doom movie? At this point it’s impossible to know the answer, especially with the pending sale of FOX to Disney when the Fantastic Four will finally go home again to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.