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“Fargo” and “Legion” mastermind Noah Hawley is set to transition to the big screen later this year with his Fox Searchlight drama “Lucy in the Sky,” starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm, but he’s got an even more ambitious big screen dream up his sleeve thanks to “Doctor Doom.” Hawley has been in development on the comic book film featuring the “Fantastic Four” villain for some time, and he recently confirmed at SXSW (via Deadline) that he is still very much interested in directing the tentpole. There’s just one problem: The Disney-Fox merger.
Since Doctor Doom is a character within the “Fantastic Four” world, it means Fox has long held the rights to the property. Fox is being merged under Disney at the end of the month, which explains one reason the studio never went ahead and put a “Doctor Doom” movie into production. It’s anyone’s guess as to what Disney does with the Fox-owned superheroes, including Deadpool and the X-Men. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has already expressed interested in integrating X-Men characters into the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means Hawley’s “Doctor Doom” movie might not be top priority for awhile.
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