Universal’s upcoming movie reboot of Doom is being pushed back so the filmmakers have more time to enhance the movie’s Hell sequence. Movie adaptations of video games don’t have a great track record of pleasing fans, and sadly, 2005’s Doom movie fell into that category. Despite a solid cast – which included Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike and Karl Urban – and a healthy budget, the movie’s poor script, slow pace and dropping any reference to Hell or demons marked it as a major disappointment.
Doom failed at the box-office, and Johnson himself would later dub the project a ‘stinker’ while promoting his most recent video game movie Rampage. The video game series itself remains iconic, with the 2016 reboot receiving great acclaim. It was also discovered last year Universal was working on a movie reboot, which is seemingly aiming at the direct to DVD market. Tony Giglio will direct while Amy Manson (Once Upon A Time) will play the movie’s lead character Joan Dark.
The story of the new Doom is still being kept under wraps, though it’s known it’ll feature Hell and famous creatures from the game. Now Dread Central is reporting the reboot is being pushed back to give the filmmakers more time to refine the VFX for a Hell sequence. They quote a source close to the production who states the studio is happy with how the project is progressing, and the delay will allow them to ‘use a broader VFX brush to really make Hell awesome.’ They also say the story of the scene itself isn’t changing, but they are ‘…enhancing the location and doing some pick-up photography that supports the original vision of the scene.’
The report also confirms the movie is aiming for a Fall 2019 release. It sounds like Universal likes how the movie is progressing, so if they’re pushing it back with the aim of enhancing a key sequence, that can only be a good sign. The new Doom movie is handled by Universal 1440 Entertainment, an arm of the studio that produces straight to DVD projects like Cult Of Chucky. While it hasn’t officially been confirmed the reboot won’t get a theatrical release, it appears the plan is it will either head to DVD or a streaming platform.
Doom’s director Tony Giglio has sadly already confirmed famous monsters like the Spiderdemon and the Barons Of Hell won’t appear, but that most of the creature effects in the movie will be practical. This year will be a busy one for the franchise, with video game sequel Doom Eternal also launching sometime in 2019. The latest entry finds Doomguy fighting off a Hell invasion on Earth and doing what he does best to the demons that try to stop him – ripping and tearing.
Source: Dread Central