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Silver Surfer Spin-Off Movie Isn't Dead, Still Being Developed

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November 30, 2009
Source: Latino Review

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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.

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  • xerxex
    hmm...hopefully they will fully ignore fantastic*throws up in mouth a little bit* four.
  • K
    I'm about through with Hollywood.
  • TediusTed
    How much worse can they do than the Rise Of The Silver Surfer?....man did that stink!
  • jake the snake
    He'll be in The Avengers!
  • samuel j
    i liked it
  • Janny
    @3... it could be the next daredevil or elektra, perhaps uwe boll will make the move to comic book adaptations although i guess always reserve judgement until the final product
  • DRM
    Okay first off, I LIKED Rise of the Silver Surfer. I don't know why people are so hard on it. The only problem I had with RofSS was the way Galactus looked (which really doesn't matter), and Alba's acting (which, in a sense, also really doesn't matter). The plot and the effects were just fine. Secondly, JMS is a spectacular writer, and his Silver Surfer mini: "Requiem" is probably one of the greatest comics I've ever read, and I'm an AVID comic reader. So the fact that his version is not going to be used is a real downer.
  • J. Michael Straczynski never emailed Latino Review. IGN claim he emailed them, and it is IGN's post that Latino Review are referring to without specifying that the email was to IGN (IGN's post is here: http://au.movies.ign.com/articles/104/1049333p1.html). I should point out that although IGN claim he emailed them the content of that email is word for word (cut and paste) identical to the clarification J. Michael Straczynski posted on numerous blogs across the internet many days before IGN posted their article. Of course, Straczynski may have decided to email IGN specifically since they were the source of all of the misrepresentation of his interview with Collider.
  • ^ Whoa, okay... Don't know what to make of all that. So is the quote a legitimate quote from Straczynski? I don't care what site claims it's *their* quote, I just want to know it's actually from Straczynski! And if that's the case, then this update still stands... Do you know?
  • Who cares, unless they make Galactus a giant purple helmet man, then what's the point? They should just make an iceman film like the 80's cartoon. Even though there's a load of money in the giant super hero films, I think the indie comics are much more adaptable to film.
  • SlashBeast
    Where's the Silver Dong?
  • David Banner
    And who will Direct this epos? Quentin Tarantino? He is a big fan of SS
  • TediusTed
    Comic book based movies not only need a HUGE amount of investment to make it work, it needs a director to glorify all that crapola into a huge blockbuster of the summer popcorn variety this is a job for MICHAEL BAY! muwhahahahaha!
  • Tra la la la la di da
    Origin...boo!!!!
  • S
    I'd love to see a flick where the Surfer (though, technically, he should have been banished to Earth after betraying Galactus) goes off into space to find his past and home which would allow them to start introducing the Marvel Cosmic universe. Though, I wonder who has the rights to that part of the Marvel universe? Did that go to Fox when they purchased the rights to FF?
  • Sumit
    Fox will never put the right amount of money into it - it will end up another cheap failure like all their recent output (Avatar obviously excepted and that's solely down to Cameron's heavyweight status).
  • Fisherr
    I hope Fox doesn't fuck up his origins if they did it, Deja Vu: Wolverine.
  • handjob
    itll be gud 2c michael bay do the origin, surfer needs 2 blow shit up...
  • Legodelegolas
    it is dead 2012 and it haven even come out

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