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Ahead of its release later this year a new sneak peek at Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four has arrived online, giving us a look at the upcoming documentary which delves into the history of the infamous 1994 Concord-New Horizons / Constantine Films adaptation of Marvel’s First Family.
Written and directed by Marty Langford, the documentary explores the story behind the low-budget Fantastic Four movie, which was produced by B-movie legend Roger Corman and starred Alex Hyde-White as Reed Richards, Rebecca Staab as Susan Storm, Jay Underwood as Johnny Storm and Michael Bailey Smith as Ben Grimm.
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- Gary Collinson
Back before Hollywood studios like Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, Universal and 20th Century Fox realized that you could actually make money off of adapting silly comic books into movies, there was a German producer by the name of Bernd Eichinger. He had the vision to see that comic books could become blockbusters and had his company purchase the film rights to the Fantastic Four from Stan Lee. One issue, his company didn't have the money to actually make a big-budget Hollywood film. So, in order to keep the film rights his company hired Roger Corman to produce it, as he was well known for making films on the cheap. The cast included: Alex Hyde-White as Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, Jay Underwood as Johnny Storm / Human Torch, Rebecca Staab as Sue Storm / Invisible Woman, Michael Bailey Smith as Ben Grimm, Carl Ciarfalio as the Thing and Joseph Culp as »
Stars: Robert Englund, Jill Schoelen, Bill Nighy, Alex Hyde-White, Stephanie Lawrence, Terence Harvey, Nathan Lewis, Peter Clapham, Molly Shannon, Emma Rawson, Mark Ryan, Terence Beesley | Written by Duke Sandefur | Directed by Dwight H. Little
Christine Day (Schoelen) is a young Broadway singer in New York City. She is auditioning for a show and comes across a piece of music written by an unknown music composer named Erik Destler (Englund) nearly 100 years before. Erik had made a pact with the devil so the world would love his music, but the devil had one condition: that Erik’s face would be horribly disfigured forever. Once Christine sings his music, she is taken from present day New York to 1881 London were she is the star of the London Opera House. There she is coached by a mysterious caped figure who will do anything to make her the star of the opera even if it means murdering people, »
- Phil Wheat
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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Here’s the official press release:
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.
7 items from 2014
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