Hawley Talks “Doctor Doom” Status and What’s Next


First up he has press rounds for the Natalie Portman-led astronaut drama “Lucy in the Sky” which will play next month at the Toronto Film Festival. He’s in the midst of writing and has completed the casting on a fourth season of “Fargo” with filming to begin in October ahead of airing next Spring.

He’ll jump from that to shooting the series adaptation of Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” which will shoot sometime next year. One of the most notable projects he spearheaded was “Doctor Doom,” a biopic focusing on the “Fantastic Four” villain who is one of Marvel’s most acclaimed characters – but who so far has only been realised poorly on screen.

Hawley penned a script for the film which was handed over to 20th Century Fox, but Fox’s merger with Disney put the film on hold and there’s concern that the film was dumped altogether last week along with much of the rest of Fox’s development slate. Hawley tells Deadline that he has no idea whether Marvel Studios is interested in moving forward with his completed script or not:

“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.”

Hawley isn’t waiting around in any case and is said to be looking at other film projects to tackle as well.

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