Alex Proyas Says No To Silver Surfer Movie

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:15 am,

silver surfer 1 Alex Proyas Says No To Silver Surfer Movie

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.

silver surfer Alex Proyas Says No To Silver Surfer Movie
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

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  1. Well, while we’re on the subject, I found something to add to the discussion about directors clashing with Fox Studios producers:

    “In December 2004, a director’s cut of the film was released on DVD. This version added 30 minutes of footage not seen in the original, including an entire subplot involving Murdock defending a murder suspect played by rapper Coolio. Director Mark Steven Johnson clashed with Producer Gary Foster and the studio Twentieth Century Fox about the final cut of the film, with the latter wanting a fast-paced and shorter film. The reasons for the different cuts are thoroughly explained by Gary Foster and Mark Steven Johnson in a documentary on the making of the director’s cut on this DVD.”

    Seems to be a never ending battle.

  2. I’ve never been a fan of DareDevil,,,
    I’m clueless other than I know he’s blind.
    I figured 3 bucks good deal,,,?

    I picked it up at a dvd/cd store in Hollywood.
    It contains “30″ min of addtional footage.
    The dvd also says that its Rated R.
    There’s a commentary with the writer/Director, and producer Avi Arad.
    Also a making of DD the Extended Cut.
    The cover just has a big DD on black.
    At the bottom it says “a daring new vision.”
    Widescreen of course. 8-)

  3. MK,

    I agree The Incredible Hulk was great.

  4. 790,

    I’m not a Daredevil fan but I still think it’s important to do Comic Book movies right.

  5. Well hang around here long enough and I’ll give you my review,,, High Kalibur…. ;-)

    Really shouldnt put up with that fake news ether. 8-)

  6. Don’t worry I will be here long enough, I’m at work and I don’t even watch T.V…. : )

  7. Daredevil (theatrical or director’s cut) to me was just ok, not great, there were some good moments but overall just mediocre. DD could of had so much potential for a great franchise from the many phenomenon stories from Frank Miller or Kevin Smith during their run on the book. Even current scribe Ed Brubraker work on it is cutting-edge. DD is a dark and psychological character, it’s Marvel Dark Knight. FOX and Mark Steven Johnson (the director) did not do it justice. Also Ghost Rider movie (from Johnson) was not great either…

  8. Ghost Rider, was that FOX too? Tell me not… I think Ghost Rider is absolutely horrible. The writing deserved a razzie.

    Some visual effects were cool but that’s just because I loved seeing Ghost Rider on screen — other then that — that movie is a joke.

    Reboot please…

  9. Ghost Rider was great !!!, I loved that film. The visuals and characters were fun !!!

    8-) 8-) 8-)

  10. GR was released from Sony Columbia Picture…

  11. MK, yeah your correct !!!!
    We got sidetracked.

  12. Yeah, is there a thread to talk about all the superhero movies that have been disgraced and why and how they could of been better?

  13. Yeah,,,High Kalibur
    Its called Open Discussion.
    Every Wednesday on Screen Rant. 8-)

    C,U, there 790,,,,

  14. How was Daredevil?

  15. I didn’t get around to watching it High Kalibur,,, could be awhile… 8-)

  16. @790

    You love both Ghost Rider and Speed Racer? Dang dude, how can you possibly enjoy this site? :-P


  17. @High Kaliber

    We have a weekly open discussion post where you can bring up that sort of thing. Just posted it up.


  18. One mans Ghost Rider is another mans Smallville or Stargate SG1,,,

  19. 790 said,
    September 2nd, 2008
    Kahless,,, you mean that the movie (FF2) got it wrong about Surfer having the power to destroy Galactus,,,
    In the Comics, at first he’s a slave to Galactus, Galactus could destroy him like a bug.

    Maybe I’m reading you wrong??

    In the comic, SS was created by Galactus and yes, Galactus could have squashed him like a ripe grape. In the movie, the SS knew he could destroy him but for some reason decided to be his slave instead. Dumb writing!

  20. the old man said,
    September 2nd, 2008
    @John “Kahless” Taylor: While watching the ending of “FF2″ I wondered if they were setting up for #3 to be the second half of the story. The Watcher would be introduced Galactus would take a physical form and bring the story somewhat back to cannon. But.. I guess they weren’t going for that.

    If you look closely when SS is flying into the center of the cloud (Galactus), you can see an image of what looks like the helmet of Galactus. I think they just put that in there to calm the fans down a bit. Guess what…it didn’t work! :-(

  21. Fantastic Four, both of them, suck… sorry… it’s true.

  22. You all know that J. Michael Straczynski wrote a script for a “Silver Surfer” movie that Fox intended or intends to use, right??