Noah Hawley has been able to finish a draft of the script for ‘Doctor Doom‘ but the writer and director is unsure if Fox will make the movie. While the studio is enjoying what he has put together, the timeline might not work in its favor. Assuming the Disney buyout of Fox goes through, ‘Doctor Doom’ would be on the cusp of going into production and at this time it isn’t clear if this “political thriller” is something that Fox can get onto the big screen before the buyout. If it can’t, no one has a clue if Marvel Studios would even want it to happen if they have plans for the ruler of Latveria and by extension the ‘Fantastic Four’ of their own.
As to the status of the screenplay, Hawley has shared that “I wrote a script that I really like and the studio really likes” but he was quick to add that “It needs a little work.” The problem though is twofold. On the one hand is his own schedule, “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].”
As to the other problem? It goes directly to the House of Mouse as “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.”
If scheduling can work out before the deal goes through, Hawley does say that “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.”
That upcoming shareholder meeting will likely determine the fate of this project as well as others. Of course, if they do vote to allow for it, we could maybe see someone on Kevin Feige’s team starting to reach out to Fox creators such as Noah Hawley and bring them into the fold. If this ‘Doctor Doom’ movie was going to be a fresh take on the character, it might even be something which could be adapted to bringing him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Only time will tell.
Are you hoping that we’ll end up getting a ‘Doctor Doom’ movie? Would you want this “political thriller” to happen in the world which Fox has established or start out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to eventually grow Doom into a big bad who can be a continued threat to The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and the X-Men? Share your thoughts below, True Believers!