One of Marvel Comics’ most iconic characters made his first and only appearance in “The Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer”, but director Adam McKay says that he’s itching for a chance to direct a film focused specifically on the celestial surfer.
During an interview with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast to promote his new Dick Cheney biopic “Vice”, McKay told podcast host Josh Horowitz of his longstanding dream to bring the Silver Surfer to the screen.
“Silver Surfer is the one I want to do, man,” McKay declared, via The Hollywood Reporter. “I would do anything to do Silver Surfer because, visually, you could do what the Wachowskis did with ‘Speed Racer’ with the Silver Surfer.”
He added: “At the same time, there’s a great emotional story in there, man, where Norrin Radd [Silver Surfer] has to make the choice to save his planet. That would be the one, but I think Fox owns the rights…”
When Horowitz pointed out that all the Fox-licensed Marvel characters would be up for grabs for the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, McKay became hopeful.
“Alright, I’ll call [Fox Film chief] Emma Watts; I’ll call [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige. I think you’ve just created the Silver Surfer movie. I think after Dick Cheney and economic collapse, maybe I need a little break,” he quipped, referencing “The Big Short”, his 2015 film about the U.S. financial crash.
The Silver Surfer first appeared in 1966, and was created by iconic Marvel artist Jack Kirby.