Noah Hawley Developing Doctor Doom Movie for Fox

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“Legion” and “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley is developing a movie at Fox involving Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom.

At the end of a Comic-Con panel for “Legion” Thursday, Hawley announced that he was developing a new film at Fox — one that he wouldn’t say too much about. “I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom,” he said.

Marvel Comics character Doctor Doom is mostly known as the archvillain of the Fantastic Four. Fox owns the rights to the Fantastic Four characters, in addition to the X-Men (the characters of Hawley’s “Legion” hail from the franchise), and released its first Fantastic Four movie in 2005.

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That film, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis, spawned a 2007 sequel, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” The studio took a big hit, both critically and commercially, with the widely panned reboot of the franchise in 2015. The most recent “Fantastic Four” starred Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, and grossed just $167 million worldwide on a production budget of $125 million.

Fox has found success, however, with its other superhero properties. “Deadpool” was a massive hit last year, with Ryan Reynolds returning for the inevitable sequel. Meanwhile, its final Wolverine film, “Logan,” garnered critical acclaim and box office success earlier this year.

Doctor Doom, a genius sorcerer who wears a mask to cover up his disfigured face, has appeared on the big screen before. Julian McMahon played the villain in the 2005 and 2007 films, while Toby Kebbell took on the role in the 2015 reboot.

Hawley’s “Legion” will return to FX for a second season next year. The showrunner also recently wrapped the third installment of “Fargo.”

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  1. Sokana says:

    Sounds interesting. You can do a proper villain origin story if written and directed right. Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ proved just that. Although I’m a bit skeptical about Hawley’s abstract/art-house approach. It works for Legion but Doom is a bit more straightforward character.

  2. DW1 says:

    Dr. Doom has always been more of an ‘anti-hero’ than a out and out villain. His origin compares well with a lot of ‘hero’ stories, with the exception that he is fighting a corrupt barony in a corrupt kingdom with his people being abused by the ‘law and order’ soldiers of the Baron. He believes that the world is a better place when he is the ruler (see Emperor Doom) And he really does keep his kingdom (Latveria)
    in good shape. There’s no drug abuse, no crime, and while he keeps their technological level fairly low, he protects them from most threats (although he can get carried away while trying to kill his opponents).
    I’ve always believed his story would make a good movie…but they’d ‘have’ to do it right.

  3. MJ says:

    Well it sounds better than what Fox has planned for the next Fantastic Four movie.

  4. mcfilms222 says:

    Lot of naysayers here. Just keep in mind that Hawley did fantastic things with Fargo and Legion was arguably the best new show of last season. He also wrote the best book I read last year, The Fall. I expect great things from this cat.

  5. beletepet says:

    no no no no NO NO NO NO! just let the fantastic four go, fox. let them go back to marvel so we can get a great fantastic four film with a GREAT dr. doom instead of this crap you keep feeding us. screw this piece of fox crap!

  6. Marc says:

    Mads Mikkelsen or bust

  7. mark says:

    Don’t think this is going to work without the FF

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