20th Century Fox is reportedly moving forward with a Silver Surfer movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project is one of several that the studio has been working on despite the Disney merger. According to an executive, the studio is going “100 miles per hour”. Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie is apparently still in production, and New Mutants’ April release had to be pushed back due to extensive re-shoots.
Even with the merger, 20th Century Fox still has a few Marvel movies planned. Deadpool 2 is set to release in May, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters in November. Earlier this month it was also reported that Deadpool’s Tim Miller is working on a Kitty Pryde solo film. A Multiple Man movie might also be in the works, with James Franco and Dark Phoenix’s Simon Kinberg collaborating, and Legion creator Noah Hawley is reportedly developing a Doctor Doom spin-off. There were even some rumors circling around that the studio was looking to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise again, with a different focus this time.
The character first appeared on screen in the 2007 movie Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which was poorly received by audiences and critics, and quickly became a box office disappointment. Silver Surfer himself was played by Doug Jones in the film, and voiced by Laurence Fishburne.
J. Michael Straczynski was hired by Fox to write a script for a solo movie, but due to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’s performance, the project never got too far. But with as many spin-offs and projects 20th Century Fox has planned, he might finally get his own movie. The film is currently being developed by Brian K. Vaughan, whose name you might recognize, as he is the creator of Marvel’s Runaways.
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