August 18, 2014


The reason Sony will never take a long break between Spider-Man movies isn’t just about the desire to rake in the cash (in ever-smaller amounts) every few years.  Part of it is that they need to keep making these movies to retain the rights to the characters.  Same thing goes for Fox and the X-Men franchise.  But those are the mega-budget examples, where there’s still a lot at stake with millions upon millions spent and an expectant audience.

On a smaller level you have something like Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”.  You may have already seen the trailer for this documentary on this film made in the early 90′s in order for producer Bernd Eichinger to retain the rights, and now we have the opening minutes of the film for you to check out. Hit the jump for a clip from Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”.

fantastic-four-roger-corman-clipFrom the official press release for the film:

In 1994, Roger Corman was tapped to produce this Marvel superhero story on a very small film budget. The film was ultimately shelved prior to distribution, but a VHS copy was mysteriously leaked and the movie became a darling of film bootleggers and, more recently, web pirates.  Rumors and speculation surrounding the production have become as much a part of the lore as the film itself.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Roger Corman’s edition of THE FANTASTIC FOUR and finally, all of the secrets, stories and legal shenanigans that have kept this a ‘lost’ film will be revealed through in-depth, investigative interviews with the cast and crew.

The documentary is directed by east coast Film Studies professor and independent filmmaker, Marty Langford and executive produced by LA-based casting director, Mark Sikes.  Sikes was the casting assistant on the 1994 Concorde-New Horizons / Neue Constantin co-production, and was on site at Corman’s studio, offices and locations during the 28 day production.

Interview subjects include director, Oley Sassone, editor Glenn Garland, special effects supervisor John Vulich, former Concorde VP of Marketing, Jonathan Fernandez, on set journalist, Chris Gore, casting assistant, Mark Sikes and actors Alex Hyde-White, Rebecca Staab, Jay Underwood, Carl Ciarfalio, Michael Bailey Smith, Kat Green and Joseph Culp.  Also interviewed was Hollywood legend and FF executive director, Roger Corman.

  • To Be Continued

    I still love the look of that Thing.

    • Beatific

      I thought that, The Thing looks cool here. I might have to check out movie, although it could be terrible.

  • Doom

    So this documentary is about the new one that is about to come out and earn $0 because no one will see it? HAHAHAHA

    • 110001011100111

      People will go see the new FF movie, it might not have quality but M. Bay has proven you don’t need quality to make money.

  • Doom

    Hopefully the same thing will happen to the new one. HAHAHA

  • Doom

    The new one is going to suck so bad that the director is going to pay Marvel not to release it. HAHAHAHA

  • Kyle Chandler

    Am I the only one that thinks the Thing in this movie looks better than the one they used in the 2005 Fantastic Four?

  • Frank

    Fantastic one (fantastic one) fantastic two (fantastic two)….

    • Vulcan

      I don’t want to be invisible (invisible) invisible (invisible)…

  • Old Soldier

    Is that The Thing, or the Toxic Avenger?

  • ONIT

    The late Bernd Eichinger’s company still owns the movie rights! Fox is only co-producing. In case you didn’t know.

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    On a sort-of related note: I just found a Blu-ray of “Chronicle” in a bargain bin, and I’ll check it out today to see if I can get any clues as to what we can hope for on the next “Fantastic Four” film.

  • TheThingLives

    I just downloaded this on a torrent site, the widescreen version!

    Unavailable my ass!

    • wellfeded

      Not true, your ass is plenty available! Ba Da Bump ***RIMSHOT!**

      • TheThingLivesAgainInYourButt

        No it is on piratebay no joke, fantastic four 1994. Im so gay id take some dick right now.