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Written and Directed by Marty Langford
In the 90s, legendary b-movie filmmaker Roger Corman was given the opportunity to produce a film of Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four. But after the film was shot and completed on a meager million dollar budget, it was suddenly shelved, and the cast and crew informed that it would never be released. This documentary tells the story of how the film came to be.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four movie was something you’d hear stories about, from time to time. You’d see articles in Wizard Magazine spinning tall tales about a film so bad you couldn’t believe it. The costumes and sets like something out of a highschool play, »
- Thomas O'Connor
Next fall, Mark Ruffalo's beloved Hulk character will finally return in Thor: Ragnarok, after skipping this summer's Captain America: Civil War. The actor made his Marvel debut as Hulk in 2012's The Avengers, but nearly 20 years prior, the actor almost portrayed another iconic Marvel character, long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even formed. A new documentary reveals that the Oscar-nominated actor almost played the nefarious Doctor Doom, although not in the movie you may think.
Yahoo! Movies reports that in the new documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four, Mark Ruffalo auditioned for the Doctor Doom role, which he ultimately lost to Joseph Culp. The documentary also reveals that other well-known actors who were turned down for the movie includes Xena's Rene O'Connor Lost star Titus Welliver and Seinfeld's Patrick Warburton. It probably worked out better for those who didn't land roles in this movie, »
Directed by Marty Langford.
Documentaries which shine a light on movie projects that never saw the light of day are increasingly becoming all the rage, now the geeks have inherited the earth, and Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four is one of them. If perhaps lacking the snappy title of, say, The Death of Superman Lives which recently came out and told the doomed story of another major comic book movie endeavour that never saw the light of day. This is a very different story to the crazed egomaniacs and spiralling budgets that »
- Tony Black
Last year, 20th Century Fox released a “Fantastic Four” reboot directed by Josh Trank. Starring Miles Teller (“Whiplash”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”), Kate Mara (“The Martian”), Jamie Bell (“Snowpiercer”), the film was a critical and commercial disaster. The reboot tried to jumpstart the franchise after the original 2005 series underperformed with its 2007 sequel. But in 1994, Bernd Eichinger of Constantin Film and director Roger Corman teamed up to make their own “Fantastic Four” film that never saw the light of day.
The new documentary “Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four” chronicles the history of the first ill-fated movie version of Roger Corman’s superhero film that was all set to be released, only for it to be forever shelved. It features never before seen footage from the production as well »
- Vikram Murthi
4 items from 2016
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