The status of 21st Century Fox’s Marvel film slate might be up in the air due to the pending acquisition by Disney, but Legion creator Noah Hawley insists his Doctor Doom movie remains in the developmental stages. Details of the villain-focused film have remained largely a mystery up to this point, but Hawley has now revealed one source the movie will draw inspiration from — Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Speaking with Observer, Hawley discussed how his approach to the character of Victor von Doom will be different from previous incarnations of the iconic villain.
“As with Legion, my thought was that the [superhero] genre has a certain kind of movie covered, but what else can the genre do?” Hawley said.
“What’s interesting to me about Doom’s character is he’s the king of an Eastern European country and is there a version of this that is more of a political thriller that mixes genre?” Hawley said. “It’s something that [Captain America: The] Winter Soldier did really well, which was kind of make a Cold War thriller movie out of a superhero movie. This is different than that, but it does have this idea of, and I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is a mixture of genres.”
Hawley did make sure to note that his Doctor Doom film is not meant to be viewed as a rebooting of the Fantastic Four franchise, but rather to build a film around a character who’s not been done justice in previous entries.
“The mandate is not to re-launch the Fantastic Four franchise as much as it is to take this fascinating and under-served character and really build a movie about him where we ask the question: Is he a hero? Is he a villain? What does he really want?” Hawley said. “We’re able to explore these questions in a serious way.”
More details on the status of the Doctor Doom film will be known as the Disney deal nears completion, but for now Hawley remains occupied with Season 2 of the FX series Legion, which premieres April 3. Hawley also recently revealed that the upcoming fourth season of his Fargo series, expected to be released in 2019, will be another period piece. Hawley will make his directorial debut in Pale Blue Dot, which is slated to star Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm and does not have a release date.
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