Updated August 13, 2019: Noah Hawley says that Marvel Studios has essentially canceled plans for his Doctor Doom movie, which was commissioned prior to the Walt Disney Studios' acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Hawley, whose other Fox/Marvel project Legion ends this week, says both projects are "done" but he intends to pitch Marvel eventually.
"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," Hawley told Deadline.
"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."
Back in March, Hawley said he had met with Kevin Feige about the Doctor Doom film.
Original Story from March 12, 2019: Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley says he's met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about the Doctor Doom film he completed a script for, but that he doesn't know if the project will move forward now that the Walt Disney Company is acquiring the film assets of 21th Century Fox that includes the feature film rights to the Fantastic Four.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hawley said he met with Feige who inquired about the script, asking "Are you still working on it?"
"Should I still be working on it?" Hawley says he replied.
But THR reports "no concrete answer was forthcoming."
The film was originally announced at Comic-Con International: San Diego in 2017. Hawley reports he completed a script in 2018 and describes as it as not yet close to a green light and he's not certain when or if it will move forward, joking Feige wouldn't reveal the MCU "thousand-year plan" to him.
Hawley envisions Doctor Doom as a geopolitical thriller more than a standard superhero movie.
According to THR, it begins with Doom putting a dome over Latveria, the fictional European country he rules. He later invites a female journalist to be his voice to the world, meaning its protagonist would be someone without superpowers."