Jeez-Louise, 20th Century Fox, you are not doing so hot these days. First comes word that you had the lowest box office totals for summer 2008; next furious fanboys worldwide want to rip you a new one over your Watchmen lawsuit; and now some acclaimed directors are beginning to speak out about what a soul-crushing, creatively stifling cabal of evil your company truly is.

Babylon A.D. director Mathieu Kassovitz had no qualms about pointing the finger at executive meddling as the reason his film sucks. And now acclaimed director Alex Proyas is throwing up the finger (so to speak) in Fox’s face–and his displeasure is a veritable death sentence for what might have been one of the coolest comic book movie adaptations of all: The Silver Surfer.

Alex Proyas (Dark City, which if you haven’t seen, run, don’t walk and get the DVD) tried to play coy at first, telling eager reporters at this year’s Comic-Con that his involvement with The Silver Surfer flick was nothing but Internet rumor. However when MTV News spoke with Proyas, the director again axed any rumors that he was working on a Silver Surfer flick, but went on to give one very specific reason:

“Because it’s a Fox picture,” the ‘Dark City’ helmer said. “And I’m determined never to work with them ever again because of my experience on ‘I,Robot.’”

Ouch. Not a good look for you, Fox. Not. At. All.

X-Men: The Last Stand left many fans of the series reeling in horror, (though I personally thought it was better than the first X-Men movie.) And the Fantastic Four films have been so freaking abysmal that rumor has it FF3 will NEVER happen. Silver Surfer might’ve changed the downward trend of Fox’s comic book properties had it been left in the capable hands of a director like Proyas. But because we ARE dealing with Fox, what could’ve been one of the most cosmically epic adaptation this side of Green Lantern, has ultimately resulted in this:

“You know, there aren’t that many [good comic book characters] left,” [Proyas] sighed. “Silver Surfer would have been something I would have loved to have done. He’s one of the last cool ones left, really.”

Come on, Fox: you haven’t just killed a potentially kick-ass Silver Surfer film, you’ve likely put one director off from EVER doing a comic book flick. That is disdain you don’t see everyday.


The Silver Surfer is mad because he’s not getting a movie

Fox, in a small, dark, oily pit of my heart I still have love for ya. We’re going through a rough patch right now, and I will admit that I’ve considered a divorce, but I took a vow long ago to stand by you and I’m going to try my best to do so. But you’re not making it easy.

Do you think that the prospect of a Silver Surfer movie has boogie-boarded off into the distance with Alex Proyas? Or (God forbid) will Fox find a way to crank out a Surfer flick that will make us all want to cry ourselves to sleep at night? Let us know what you think.

Source: MTV News