We take for granted the big screen adaptations of out favorite comic book heroes that we are seeing in the movie theaters these days. But when I was a young teen comic book movies were basically non-existent, save for attempts like The Punisher, Captain America, and Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and trust me they are not the best representations of the source material. But in 1994, there was an attempt to make a Fantastic Four movie, that I clearly remember seeing photos for in an issue of Wizard Magazine or two, that never saw the light of day. Roger Corman, who we all know to have an impressive resume of odd movies, was the man who would direct this film. How would this movie have stood up to the source material, or even the two FF movies that were released in the 2000’s? The world may never know. Now in support of the film that could have been, the film makers of Doomed want to tell the true story of the film and recognize everything and everyone that was involved in the failed production. Here’s an excerpt from the official site for the film detailing the mission statement for the planned documentary:
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.
Head on over to the official site to learn more about the documentary and donate to help fund it! Check out the trailer below!