Noah Hawley's Doctor Doom script is almost complete. Despite the looming potential acquisition by The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox is still operating as normal (as they should). This has resulted in news continuing to surface about new projects from the studio, or allow for previous projects to continue gestating. This has especially proven to be true with their Marvel-licensed characters, and this practice keeps the chance of a Doctor Doom solo movie alive.
Hawley broke the news himself that he is working on a solo movie for Victor Von Doom last summer. Since that announcement, the Legion and Fargo creator has continued work on those shows and is gearing up for his feature directorial debut Pale Blue Dot. He's stuck with the script for Doctor Doom throughout this time too and it looks like he has made great progress.
Vulture spoke to Noah Hawley about his potential Doctor Doom movie and what the status of it is. It isn't coming right away though, as Hawley also addressed that the uncertainty that comes with the possible Disney/Fox deal in this interview. But, both he and Fox are happy with the script so far and he says they just need to a bit more writing to finish it up. Here's what he said: "I wrote a script that I really like and the studio really likes. It needs a little work."
Based on Hawley's previous work, there's little reason to doubt that he wrote a great script for Doctor Doom. The complex stories he explores with Fargo and Legion are part of the DNA to both shows. If he kept his natural writing in tact while also focusing on one of Marvel's biggest villains, then Doctor Doom should be off to a great start.
Hawley previously teased the style of Doctor Doom, calling it a "mixture of genres" in the vein of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Whether or not that's the right comparison to be made for Doctor Doom remains to be seen, but it certainly places a high bar on the movie since Winter Soldier is highly regarded as one of the best comic book movies ever made. As great as the potential may be for Doctor Doom, there is a very real possibility that this never sees the light of day - at least in the current form. Then again, maybe Hawley's created a brilliant script and Marvel Studios will want to use it to re-introduce the Fantastic Four in a new way.
Doctor Doom is currently in development but does not have a release date.
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