The seemingly endless Doom movie saga has taken another boring turn this month with the revelation that the movie is back with Universal Pictures, or isn't, or is with the same producer but not the same studio, or something along those lines. It's all a bit confusing.
According to various reports, movie mags The Hollywood Reporter and Variety both place the film under Universal Pictures' control following the expiration of a structured "progress-to-completion" rights deal with Warner Brothers, who had to get the movie into production within 15 months of signing or see Id take it elsewhere.
Having failed to do this, the two mags claim that Universal picked it up, with former Warner VP turned producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and writer/producer John Wells still in charge of bringing it to the silver screen - with a script from Dave Callaham and direction from British-born Enda McCallion. The reports also named Universal vice chairman of worldwide production Scott Stuber as the man overseeing the thing.
However, it seems that Id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead has been in contact with US games website HomeLANFed, claiming, "we remain a 'free agent' at this time and multiple studios are interested in the project," adding that, "The studio question at this point primarily involves the financing."
Whatever the situation, we get the feeling we'll be writing about the Doom movie again at some point in the coming months.
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