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Producer Roger Corman has had an epic career, but it often feels as though the maverick filmmaker might be best remembered for his biggest failure than his myriad successes. Back in the early ‘90s, long before comic book movies were raking in record amounts of cash, Corman attempted to make a movie based on The Fantastic Four. Then everything went wrong. Trying to make a superhero movie with roughly a $1 million budget seems insane, but Corman and his team gave it their best effort. The film never saw the light of a projector bulb, thanks to studio politics and shady Hollywood business. The Fantastic Four has since turned up online, and it’s really pretty terrible compared to today’s comic films. Of course, with that tiny budget, how could it not be...
- Mike Bracken
A a three and a half minute sneak peek has been released for the documentary Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four. The film tells the story of producer Roger Corman's attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen in 1994. Over the years, the film has gained a cult following from a bootlegged version of the movie that leaked.
For the longest time we've heard that the only motivation behind this Fantastic Four movie was so that the studio could keep the rights, but there's more to it than that. As you'll see in the trailer, the cast and crew really did try to make the best possible movie they could for under a million dollars.
Marty Langford is directing the documentary, and it looks like it's going to be packed full of interesting information that we never knew. I like that there »
- Joey Paur
First it was “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” a documentary regarding raconteur Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed adaptation of “Dune." Next was the forthcoming look at Tim Burton’s aborted take on Superman. Now another documentary focuses on the infamous Roger Corman-executive-produced rendition of “The Fantastic Four.” Directed by Marty Langford, “Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’s ‘The Fantastic Four’” has rounded up interviews with all the key players of the 1994 D-movie, including the main cast alongside director Oley Sassone, editor Glenn Garland, Corman himself and Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman, among many others, telling the story of an infamous production reportedly made to cling to franchise rights but that was never released theatrically and was initially only seen via bootlegs. The opening minutes of the documentary surprisingly don’t rely on making fun of the unreleased film but instead seems to be genuinely interested »
- Cain Rodriguez
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.
Check out the sneak peek here…
- Gary Collinson
The reason Sony will never take a long break between Spider-Man movies isn't just about the desire to rake in the cash (in ever-smaller amounts) every few years. Part of it is that they need to keep making these movies to retain the rights to the characters. Same thing goes for Fox and the X-Men franchise. But those are the mega-budget examples, where there's still a lot at stake with millions upon millions spent and an expectant audience. On a smaller level you have something like Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four". You may have already seen the trailer for this documentary on this film made in the early 90's in order for producer Bernd Eichinger to retain the rights, and now we have the opening minutes of the film for you to check out. Hit the jump for a clip from Doomed! The Untold »
- Evan Dickson
20th Century Fox
When Fox announced their aim to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise with a new feature film in 2015, the news was met with a familiar mixture of excitement and resignation amongst fans of the long-running comic book franchise. After all, this was the Fantastic Four – one of Marvel Comics’ greatest super hero teams, practically household names in the geek circles we run in.
But we’d been burned before. Leaving aside B-movie producer Roger Corman’s abortion of a movie from 1994 (allegedly only made as a placeholder because the rights would revert to Marvel unless a movie was produced), 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer were widely panned by fans and critics alike, director Tim Story’s efforts perceived as high camp with low comedy.
Incoming director Josh Trank, however, has some excellent form here, having made his directorial debut in »
- Ben Cooke
Scott Derrickson is on board to direct the pic which will be produced by by Kevin Feige. Executive producers on the project are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Stephen Broussard.
Marvel had no comment on Spaihts’ involvement.
The comicbook revolves around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and went on to have his own standalone series and appear in several other Marvel Comics properties, including “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Monsters are a symbol of man’s fears, used by story tellers all over the world and in every medium. Monsters represent the dangers we face as a species both real (predators and nature) and speculative ( the supernatural).
We have a biological imperative, a survival instinct to fear that which is inhuman.
The most frequent use of monsters in fiction is that of a challenge for the hero to overcome, a foe to vanquish. If the hero of most stories is a proxy for the audience then defeating the monster is our vicarious triumph over our phobias.
Ocasionaly though, the monster’s role in fiction is reversed. Sometimes the monster is the hero and even though the concept may not have originated there, no where is it as prevalent as it is in the world of comic books.
- Zachary Zagranis
The internet is a fun, if often irrational place. We (and by 'we' I mean internet movie sites) spend so much time speculating wildly about everything revolving around geek movies and comic book adaptations (myself included). Then when announcement are finally made, we spend even more time complaining about those choices. I can't even fathom the amount of energy dispensed writing angry diatribes about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman or Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
Imagine what we could do if we could harness that energy. If there was a way to convert geek rage into energy we could no doubt solve the Earth's energy crisis in a matter of minutes. There is nothing as plentiful and renewable as fanboy indignation. Trolling could become a major power source. Thermal units could be measured in 'Afflecks'. »
- Gary Collinson
Feature Andrew Blair 21 Feb 2014 - 06:16
Casting announcements for superhero movies always cause a lot of uproar, but maybe we should wait for the film itself...
The main cast of The Fantastic Four has been announced as Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm) and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm). Initial reaction has not been favourable, however, initial reaction has arguably not been thoughtful either. The movie is already being assigned disaster status by some after only a debunked synopsis and initial casting.
The more pithily astute have observed that Kate Mara and Michael B Jordan are playing characters who are sister and brother in the comics, but are not of the same ethnic background. But surely the important words here are 'in the comics'. This is not the comic, it is a movie based on the comics. Can anyone honestly say that it makes any important, »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Runaways, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, The Flash, Justice League: War and more...
The Seattle Seahawks weren't the only ones crushing the competition at the Super Bowl this past Sunday, with Marvel Studios' TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier drumming up just under 10 million online views in 24 hours for its second trailer, compared to 6.2 million online views for the first look at Transformers: Age of Extinction and just 2.5 million for the latest trailer for rival superhero flick The Amazing Spider-Man 2. These numbers even more impressive when placed alongside Marvel's last two Super Bowl offerings, with the billion-dollar-plus grossing Iron Man 3 racking »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Constantine, Justice League: War, Son of Batman, Batman & Robin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3, Thor 3, Ant-Man, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more...
So, Henry Cavill in Michigan and production reportedly set to get underway, we've finally found out who'll be playing Kal-El's nemesis Lex Luthor in Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman. No, it's not Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington, Idris Elba, David Ramsey or any of the other names plucked out of thin air these past few months, but rather The Social Network and Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg. "Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Justice League, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Son of Batman, Superman: Flyby, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (and 3), X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four and more....
Well, Batman vs. Superman might have been pushed back ten months to May 2016, but if talk is to be believed production is still set to get underway as planned in February (as opposed to the rumoured May start date), with a report late last night suggesting Ben Affleck has been forced to pull out of directing Fox's TV pilot The Middle Man as the "main players" on the Man of Steel sequel have been called up to start work right away. Of course, while we wait for official confirmation, »
- Gary Collinson
Way back when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was just a pilot waiting to premiere, there was plenty of buzz regarding one unknown character. We only caught a quick glimpse of him, but many news outlets were certain he was the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Luke Cage. When S.H.I.E.L.D. finally debuted, we were all proved wrong. Who we thought to be Cage was actually Mike Peterson, an average guy given above average superpowers. He’s recurred since the premiere, so we’ve gotten to know him a little bit. But his story arc is taking a drastic turn. He may not be Luke Cage, but he’ll become a different well-known Marvel superhero.
In the Feb. 4 episode “T.R.A.C.K.S.” Mike (J. August Richards) will be transformed into Deathlok. According to TVLine, Deathlock is a cyborg who first debuted over 40 years ago in the comic book world »
- Brody Gibson
It has been one of the longest running jokes in any one franchise, but Stan Lee’s run of cameos in every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to date is about to come to an end – he won’t be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Marvel mogul has had a cameo in lots of Marvel’s movies, including Spider-Man, Daredevil, X-Men, Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man and, of course, every movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. But he won’t be appearing in Marvel’s next new property Guardians of the Galaxy. Speaking to Dweebcast, Lee...
- Matt Looker
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Justice League, Gotham, Constantine, Amazon, The Flash, Hourman, Arrow, Jla Adventures, Justice League: War Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, All Hail the King, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom, The Sinister Six, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Wolverine versus Sabretooth, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and more...
Well, it's been another huge week for superhero news, but as always its difficult to decipher between fact and fiction, with several big rumours seemingly shot down just as they were gaining traction. However, we'll get things underway with some official - and disappointing - news from Warner Bros. that Batman vs. Superman has been pushed back ten months and »
- Gary Collinson
Every so often a film comes along that plays pitch perfect to your sensibilities and hits you with such pinpoint accuracy that it reaffirms your love of the medium. That's what Spike Jonze's Her did for me last weekend. It's the type of movie I wish I had the talent to make and, at the same time, one that I'm thankful anyone had the talent and passion to make. It's a film that says so much about our desire to connect, to love and to feel loved, that evaluating it piece by piece (acting, editing, sound, cinematography, mise-en-scène, etc.) almost cheapens its value as a whole. Above all, though, it refuses to be just one thing and therein lies its greatest achievement. It's comedy soaked in melancholy, drama with hints of playfulness, quirk wrapped in genuine romance, and heartbreaking sincerity set within the most plastic of relationships. Her is an instant classic. »
- Jason Barr
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
Quick, how many “Fantastic Four” movies are there? If you said two, you've fallen into my diabolical rhetorical device. If you said “three, there's that one coming out in 2015," then you're more informed but also wrong. The answer, appropriately, is four: but that's not to say they all got released (actually, there was even a fifth never-made-at-all version set in the 60s, as we discussed here).The story of Roger Corman's 1994 “The Fantastic Four” is semi-legendary among movie and comic book nerds: the ultra-prolific, ultra-influential low-budget maestro made a quick, cheap film about Mr. Fantastic and the gang in 1992, which came this close to being released—trailers played in theaters, the cast did publicity appearances—before vanishing into a haze of Hollywood intrigue. Was it never meant for release, having been put into production purely to prevent the rights from reverting to Marvel? Was it Avi Arad, a controversial »
- Ben Brock
The Indiegogo-funded documentary tells the story of the lost 20th Century Fox film.
Doomed! will mark the 20th anniversary of Corman's small-budget 1994 film with interviews with the cast and crew, seeking to shed light on the reasons why the project was shelved.
The infamous movie has only been seen by fans because of a leaked VHS.
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