Fox's DOCTOR DOOM Movie Pitch from Writer/Director NOAH HAWLEY

Doctor Doom
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Legion and Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley is working on a Doctor Doom solo movie for 20th Century Fox, and his vision for it borrows from Captain America: Winter Soldier - in that it borrows from multiple genres.

“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 told Observer. “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?”

(Sounds a bit like Marvel Studios' recent Black Panther, huh?)

“It’s something that 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 continued. “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 announced his Doctor Doom movie at 2017's Comic-Con International: San Diego, five months before the Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire 20th Century Fox. While that proposed merger is still several years (and several legal hurdles) away, Hawley said he is unaware of how it could affect his Doom movie - or Legion, which returns next week on FX.

“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," Hawley said. "But as long as [Legion] 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.”

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