Last week, Disney dumped most of the films in early development over at their newly acquired 20th Century Fox. One such film though that was not confirmed to be off the development slate or not was the completed Doctor Doom script that Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley. In an interview with Deadline today, Hawley had this to say on the matter:
I mean, where it stands is now that the movie is done and Legion is done and I’ve taken a little time off because someone told me there was this word ‘vacation,’ which means you don’t work, which sounded really interesting to me. But you know, I need to circle back to them and announce that I would love to make it and figure out if that’s something that is possible. Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they’re open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it’s sort of on me right now to go push them, which I will do as soon as I come up for air.
It’s a wonder when Hawley might even have time to be involved in this adaptation if it ever happened. With Legion having concluded, Hawley is currently writing the fourth season of Fargo which has completed casting and is set to begin filming October (With a premiere next Spring). Then, sometime next year, he will begin shooting the series adaptation of author Kurt Vonnegut’s famous 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle. Another thing to consider is that after the poor reception of the 2015 Fantastic Four film, which saw a new version of Doctor Doom that was in itself poorly received, it’s possible that Marvel Studios will hold back for some time.
While the studio is currently working on active developing new X-Men and Fantastic Four properties, neither is featured in the upcoming Phase 4 (See that entire line-up of projects here). That being said, it’s a hope that Marvel realizes how someone of Hawley’s caliber could be useful in bringing such an important and iconic villain into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Especially in a unique was in which a villain would get a solo film featured on them. Stay tuned!