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, right?
Filmmaker Marty Langford has decided it’s high time that we get the inside scoop on the Fantastic Four movie, and is set to launch his documentary Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four at some point in the near future.
Here’s how Langford sells his film:
“There are 336 names in the end crawl credits of the 1994 film, ‘The Fantastic Four’. And though owners of the bootleg version of the film may appreciate them, the artists and craftspeople who created the movie have never been properly recognized.
And that’s too bad.
‘The Fantastic Four’ has never been viewed legally by anyone in the world, other than those directly involved in the production. The negative presumably sits, to this day, on some shelf in some facility, both gathering dust and fated to become it.
So – what are we going to do about that?
For starters, we have interview commitments from EVERY principal cast and crew member. And based on the pre-interviews we’ve conducted, this documentary is going to be explosive!
-When did the cast and crew discover the film would be shelved?
-What changed from script to production based on character rights (just who *is* The Jeweler?), budget, and time constraints?
-How much control did Marvel wield over the movie? Before it was made and after it was shelved?
-Is a legitimate release still possible?
-Who are today’s A-list actors who auditioned but didn’t make the cut?
For the first time in over 20 years, the TRUE account of this controversial cult classic will be revealed!
And it’s a hell of a story.”
Doomed! has no official release date yet, but will be hitting the festival circuit soon. Check out the latest trailer below, then watch the full movie above.
[via Geek Tyrant]
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