Currently prepping for his feature film directorial debut with Natalie Portman’s “Pale Blue Dot,” “Fargo” and “Legion” creator Noah Hawley has another project on his plate right now – a movie about the iconic “Fantastic Four” villain Doctor Victor Von Doom.
Considered one of the great comic characters in polls, his screen incarnations as portrayed by Julian McMahon and Toby Kebbell have been lacklustre to say the least. Hawley, however, has a new take though, planning to give fans something they haven’t quite seen before. In fact he tells The Observer his version won’t require a relaunch of the “Fantastic Four” at all:
“As with Legion, my thought was that the [superhero] genre has a certain kind of movie covered, but what else can the genre do. 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?
It’s something that [Captain America] 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.
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? We’re able to explore these questions in a serious way.”
Hawley however acknowledges there’s one big challenge standing in his way – Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox which has put the latter’s superhero slate in limbo. Hawley says he has no idea where things stand:
“That’s not clear to me yet. I haven’t had any larger Marvel-based conversations about if they have plans for the X-Men universe or if they have plans for their other Fox-controlled comic properties. I would have to imagine there’s a plan in a drawer somewhere, but as long as the show is making noise and is watched by people, I won’t be worried that they’re going to cancel Legion because it doesn’t fit in with their larger brand. But, who knows, I haven’t had those conversations.”
The second season of “Legion” returns in April.