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Low-budget film producer Corman reportedly finished the New Horizons feature in 1992, because German producer Bernd Eichinger wanted to retain the rights, and although filming was completed, the picture was never officially released.
"...in a flashback, 'Reed Richards' (Alex Hyde-White) and 'Victor Von Doom' (Joseph Culp) are college friends who use the opportunity of a passing comet to try an experiment; however, the experiment goes wrong, leaving Victor horribly scarred. 'Sue' and 'Johnny Storm' are two children living with their mother, who has a boarding house where Reed lives. 'Ben Grimm' (Michael Bailey Smith), is a family friend and a college buddy of Reed's.
- Michael Stevens
This year, 20th Century Fox is set to begin production on The Fantastic Four, a reboot of the live-action movie series based around Marvel's First Family. However, before Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis donned the spandex for 2005's Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, B-movie legend Roger Corman assembled Alex Hyde-White, Rebecca Staab, Jay Underwood and Michael Bailey Smith for 1994's The Fantastic Four.
Never heard of it? Well, that's not really a surprise. As it happens, the final film never made it to cinemas, nor indeed VHS or DVD. You see, the whole thing was designed to help producer Bernd Eichinger retain his option on the characters and shot on a $1 million shoestring budget in less than a month. In the build up to its release, Eichinger pulled the plug, sparking rumours (later supported up by Stan Lee) that »
- Gary Collinson
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In 1994, Roger Corman was tapped to produce this Marvel superhero story on a very small film budget. The film was ultimately shelved prior to distribution, but a VHS copy was mysteriously leaked and the movie became a darling of film bootleggers and, more recently, web pirates. Rumors and speculation surrounding the production have become as much a part of the lore as the film itself.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Roger Corman’s edition of The Fantastic Four and finally, all of the secrets, stories and legal shenanigans that have kept this a ‘lost’ film will be revealed through in-depth, investigative interviews with the cast and crew.
The documentary is directed by east coast Film Studies professor and independent filmmaker, »
- Philip Sticco
More than 10 years before the big-budget 2005 version of Fantastic Four hit theaters, Roger Corman executive produced the 1994 live-action film The Fantastic Four. Don't be surprised if you've never heard about this before, because the movie was never released. 20 years after this ill-fated movie, the documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four sheds new light on the production, with never-before-seen footage featuring Alex Hyde-White (Reed Richards), Jay Underwood (Johnny Storm), Rebecca Staab (Susan Storm) and Michael Bailey Smith (Ben Grimm). Roger Corman himself, along with several cast and crew members, reveal details about the only film that Roger Corman made but was never released. It isn't known when director Marty Langford's documentary will debut, so stay tuned for more information.
4 items from 2014
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