Noah Hawley has one of the most interesting voices in the business. Not only is he responsible for strong shows like Fargo, but he’s also the reason FX’s Legion is one of the most stylistically unique comic book adaptations in recent memory. He isn’t necessarily interested in interpreting these characters in the most traditional and expected ways.
Recently, we heard news that Hawley was working on making a Doctor Doom movie for Fox. It’s an odd character to bring to the forefront for sure, but even odder to bring someone like Hawley in. What was Fox looking to bring to this character, and what would Hawley ultimately do with him? Speaking with The Observer, Hawley gave an interesting an unexpected answer:
“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: 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. 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.”
While I really don’t have much interest in seeing a Doctor Doom movie, I can’t help but be intrigued by this statement. It’s comforting to hear that Fox isn’t trying to backdoor relaunch the Fantastic Four, and I do love the unique take Hawley has on Legion. To see just how Kubrickian he was able to make that series, I wonder what influences he could bring to Doctor Doom.
What do you think? No matter how dumb it sounds, does a Doctor Doom movie from Hawley sound any more interesting after having heard his comments? Let us know down below!
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SOURCE: The Observer