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DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four gets a release date

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While we still hope that The Fantastic Four rights revert back to Marvel Studios and try to banish the bad taste that the recent film left in our collective psyche, we can look back to simpler times. That is the time that Roger Corman made a Fantastic Four film.

Although the film itself will probably never see the light of day, there is a documentary heading our way – DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four.

As with the recent Josh Trank directed film from last year, Corman’s film was also rushed through to stop the rights going back to Marvel. What have we learned? Well, it seems people and studios would rather keep hold of a property to make ever-diminishing returns instead of just letting go. It’s funny to think that the films that feature Chris Evans as the Human Torch or currently the best versions of the team.

Here is a bit of backstory about the film.

In 1983, German producer Bernd Eichinger met with Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee at Lee’s Los Angeles home to explore obtaining an option for a movie based on the Fantastic Four. The option was not available until three years later, when Eichinger’s Neue Constantin film company obtained it for a price the producer called “not enormous” and which has been estimated to be $250,000. Despite some interest from Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures, budget concerns precluded any production, and with the option scheduled to expire on December 31, 1992, Neue Constantin asked Marvel for an extension. With none forthcoming, Eichinger planned to retain his option by producing a low-budget Fantastic Four film, reasoning, he said in 2005, “They didn’t say I had to make a big movie.” In September 1992, he teamed with B-movie specialist Roger Corman, who agreed to produce the film on a $1 million budget.

We will be able to see the full story of what went on when the documentary is released on VOD on October 11, 2016 before it hits DVD on December 20, 2016.

Thanks to Stefan Mrkonjic for the news and you can check out the trailer below.



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Source: WorseMovie, Wiki

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