It looks like Fox has their eye on another Fantastic Four reboot.
At the end of the Legion panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Legion creator Noah Hawley revealed that he is in the process of developing a certain movie for Fox. “Two words: Doctor. Doom,” Hawley teased.
That’s right, it appears that one of the most recognisable supervillains from Marvel Comics will be taken to the big screen once again. No further details were announced at Comic-Con, although THR is reporting that Hawley is being eyed to direct the film. Hawley, by the way, also created FX’s acclaimed Fargo series and has directing credits on both shows.
The Fantastic Four nemesis was played by Julian McMahon in 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. While both films did okay financially, they didn’t perform well with critics and fans. Toby Kebbell took on the role in 2015’s ill-fated Fantastic Four, which suffered from a public fall-out with director Josh Trank, was panned across the board, and ended up pulling in $US167 million from a production budget of $US120 million (not counting marketing and distribution costs).
It’ll be interesting to see what Fox has planned here. They’ve had strong success recently by tackling superhero films with different angles, such as adult action-comedy with Deadpool and drama with Logan, so perhaps this Doctor Doom project will offer up another unconventional approach? Fox is also going the horror route with their upcoming X-Men: The New Mutants.
Also, will this be connected to a rumoured kid-centric FF reboot reportedly being written by Seth Grahame-Smith (The LEGO Batman Movie)? According to Bleeding Cool, the new FF film could “concentrate on Franklin and Valeria, the children of Reed Richards and Susan Storm. While still having the Thing and the Human Torch along for the ride.”
Stay tuned for what develops here.