DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's THE FANTASTIC FOUR

A feature length documentary tracking the history of the troubled 1994 Concord-New Horizon's/Constantin Films' production, "The Fantastic Four".
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Marty Langford
Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
2 Team Members


1994's "The Fantastic Four", produced by Roger Corman's New Horizons and Bernd Eichinger's Neue Constantin Film, directed by Oley Sassone and written by Craig Nevius, is looked at much differently today than it was in the Fall of 1992, when Eichinger (who died in January, 2011) brought the property to Corman.  Exactly what was discussed between the two men prior to a deal being struck isn't known. But the result of their collaboration *is* - the movie has never been viewed legally by anyone in the world, other than those directly involved in the production.

The movie is available - to those with an internet connection or to the visitors of any of the many comic book, sci-fi and horror conventions at which dozens of dealers sell pirated DVD-r’s with tacky inkjet printed inserts. But why not  as an official release?  

My name is Marty Langford and my producing partner is Mark Sikes.  My quest is that of a curious cinephile, a guy who wants to uravel a cinematic mystery regarding a film I love.  Mark?  He was a crewmember who was involved in the development of the film as an employee of Roger Corman's Concorde-New Horizons.  And to quote Mark, a lifetime friend of mine, he may not know who dug the graves, but he knows where the bodies are buried. 

Thanks to Mark's industry standing, we have committments from several of the principal cast including:

  • Carl Ciarfalio ("The Thing")
  • Joesph Culp ("Dr. Doom")
  • Kat Green ("Alicia Masters")
  • Rebecca Staab ("Sue Richards")
  • Michael Bailey Smith ("Ben Grimm")
  • Jay Underwood ("Johnny Storm")
  • Alex Hyde-White("Reed Richards")

We have also lined up several of the key crew members. And as we've reached out to the contributors of the original film, one thing has become very clear to us - these people have ridiculously entertaining, confounding, hilarious and controversial stories to tell.  Quite frankly, if you've never even heard of The Fantastic Four, this will still be compelling stuff.

Our budget is modest and our production is aggressive.  We will be shooting in LA during the late summer, and be traveling around the country in the Fall.  We are compiling photographs and video (some rare and never before seen) from the cast/crew and wading through props and marketing matieral developed by the studio. We will be shooting on a RED camera and editing at a large East Coast post production facility.

We are also reaching out to comic book designers and illustrators to help guide the film's "look" throughout post production. Because we're legally unable to show a frame of the actual movie, we're getting very creative in developing a visual theme for the documentary.

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four" and finally, all of the secrets, stories and legal shenanigans that have kept this a ‘lost’ film will be revealed through this in-depth, investigative documentary that will coincide (and hopefully, quite frankly, be a bit of a distraction to the rebooted 20th Century Fox blockbuster!)


 

And we've really tried to develop some interesting Perks.  The movie poster one-sheets are so great; they're rolled and came directly out of unopened boxes - such an iconic design for an unreleased film.  We also have some posters signed by the cast.  And the e-book is shaping up to be a terrific document.  It will feature journals, photos, essays, articles and memoirs. There will be images from the personal collections of the cast and crew, and so much more.

Everything else is pretty self-explanatory.  So please, donate what you can and we hope you feel it's a terrific value.  We encourage feedback, so please let us know your thoughts through the contact info below.

Finally, the producers would like to announce that 6% of the film’s profits will be donated to THE HERO INITIATIVE – an organization that helps comic creators in need. http://www.heroinitiative.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the team on Twitter & Facebook:

https://twitter.com/DoomedFF

https://www.facebook.com/DoomedFF

Contact: (available for interviews by email and/or phone)

Marty Langford

DoomedFF@comcast.net

Marty1918@comcast.net

413-478-7963

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  • $10USD
    “The Doombot”

    A cool pdf link to photos of rare items from Roger Corman’s “Fantastic Four” as well as a shout out on the “Doomed” Facebook page from the producers! This pdf link will take you on a memorabilia tour to some amazing photos of props and behind-the-scenes events of “The Fantastic Four!” Want to see the Thing hanging around between takes at Roger Corman’s Venice Beach studio? We’ve got the photos and we’ll share them with you for just ten bucks!

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  • $20USD
    “The Red Ghost ”

    A copy of the “Doomed” e-book! This amazing assortment of brand new documents will be an instant collector’s item for FF fans, including a ton of new information and interviews not in the doc, photos of rare items from the film and a “Doomed” journal which will take you behind the scenes on the making of the doc. Find out all the secrets of making both “The Fantastic Four” and “Doomed!”. Even the communist Red Ghost would buy this one! You also get the “Doombot” perks.

    10 claimed
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  • $25USD
    "The Awesome Android"

    This tall glass of water brings you the SINGLE DVD, movie only copy of "DOOMED!". Note that this is different from the 2 disc set, featuring all of the extras, from the perks below!

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  • $30USD
    "The Impossible Man"

    Now, this is a unique experience. You get the FB mention, the single disc DVD and the e-book **PLUS** you'll be invited to a private, exclusive live webcast of one of the interviews during production. You’ll have a producer’s-eye view of the interview and get the opportunity to ask one of the stars a question. Be PART of the filmmaking experience!

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  • $35USD
    "The Rama-Tut"

    Reed's stepbrother can be a pain, but he also suggests you consider this perk which includes a *SIGNED MOVIE STILL* from one of the FF heroes, as well as a single disc, movie-only copy of the doc.

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  • $50USD
    “The Mole Man”

    At this level, not only do you get the “Red Ghost” goodies: (“Doomed” e-book, thank you on FB), but you are also going to get a copy of the documentary you are helping us to make! That’s right, true believers! Upon completion we will send you a DVD of the final film with all the DVD extras. Hours of extra behind-the-scenes goodies like deleted scenes and a “Making of the documentary” featurette!

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  • $100USD
    “The Puppet Master”

    This level of contribution is the “Twin Terrors” level. You get all the swag from the “Red Ghost” level as well as a DVD layoff of the complete interviews from the making of the documentary as they were taped for the film. Who can resist the demonic duo of these two charmers?

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  • $200USD
    “The Annihilus”

    Even better than a one-way trip to the Negative Zone, at this level you get all of the above treats and in addition we are going to mail you a rolled copy of the original “Fantastic Four” movie poster from 1994! These posters were only recently removed from their original sealed container. They are rare and you are going to own one! Excellent for FF fans and anyone that wants a great investment in a truly rare collectible.

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  • $500USD
    “The Frightful Four”

    It took four super-villains to represent this level of greatness! What could be better than that “FF” poster from 1994? How about if we had it signed by the cast?! And then what if we added your name to the end credits of the documentary?! Plus, all the other goodies: (Copy of “Doomed” DVD, e-book, DVD layoff, “thank you” on FB)

    3 out of 20 claimed
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  • $1,000USD
    “The Galactus”

    Galactus shows up and he’s bringing the swag! We’re going to shoot you answering some questions for the documentary and you will either appear in the finished doc or in the DVD extras, guaranteed! You also get all the other goodies: (Interviewed for documentary, “thank you” in end credits, signed poster, e-book, copy of “Doomed” DVD, DVD layoff of interviews.) There are only 5 of these so you better grab them faster than you can say Fin Fang Foom!

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  • $2,500USD
    “The Doctor Doom”

    We named this after the FF's baddest bad guy! You get all the above (DVD layoff, interview, signed poster, e-book, “Doomed” DVD, “thank you” in end credits, FB thanks) Also, 4 lucky souls will be invited to LA set in July to hang out with the filmmakers and at least one FF cast or crew member. Plus we’ll take your pic on the set wearing the cloak Dr. Doom wore in the 1994 movie! These are one-of-a-kind items we’re offering to only four lucky fans! Travel and accommodations not included.

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  • $5,000USD
    “The Ultimate Nullifier”

    Even Doctor Doom fears the Ultimate Nullifier, which is why we saved it for last. At this level you actually get a producer credit in the main titles of the film! Become a part of film and “Fantastic Four” history! As well as: (Set visit, interviewed for doc, signed “Fantastic Four” poster, copy of “Doomed,” DVD Layoff, “thank you” in end credits, e-book of “Doomed,” FB thanks.)

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