Silver Surfer Spin-Off Movie Isn't Dead, Still Being Developed
A week or so ago, screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski, who had been writing a Silver Surfer spin-off screenplay for Fox, told Collider in an interview that "if they do a Silver Surfer film down the road, it'll have to be its own separate thing." The way he answered the question caused most news websites to report that the Silver Surfer spin-off movie was dead mainly because Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer didn't do as well as Fox wanted. However, Straczynski emailed Latino Review and explained that it's not dead at all, and Fox is just going a different route and having someone else write a script for them instead of using his.
We never reported on the "dead" news last week because I thought it was mostly speculation anyway (and I'm an optimist). Plus, I found this post from September where it had been stated that Fox was still "quietly" working on a Silver Surfer film. So it doesn't sound like it's dead at all, just still in very early development, kind of like the Venom spin-off. Here's the update Straczynski gave in order to clear up any confusion:
"When I was asked about the Silver Surfer script, I responded about the one I'd written around the time that FF2 was launched, and was designed to pick up where that one left off.
When FF2 didn't do as well as hoped for, that script was set aside, but that has NOTHING to do with the Silver Surfer script that is NOW under development at Fox with other folks. As far as I know, that is proceeding apace. So the hysteria that's gripped the nets about 'ohmygod the Surfer movie is dead!' is not correct, as I was again referring to only that one specific script tied into FF2, NOT what's being done now."
I've been patiently waiting for good news on the Silver Surfer spin-off because it's one movie that I'd love to see, no matter how long it takes to get made. After reading some Silver Surfer comics earlier this year, I fell in love with the character and have been hoping we'd get to see Norrin Radd in all of his glory at some point, especially because the "tease" we were given in Rise of the Silver Surfer was pretty awesome (I loved Doug Jone's performance). Straczynski said in the interview that his script was going to tell the Surfer's origin story. Let's hope that whatever version Fox is developing now also touches upon his origin, because that's one of the best parts. We'll be sure to keep you updated on this, but for now just know that it is not dead.