Marvel super-producer Kevin Feige has been talking about a Doctor Strange movie for years now, and back in March a shortlist of possible directors made the rounds on movie blogs everywhere. According to Variety, one of those contenders has now secured the job: The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson is in early talks to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Update: Derrickson tweeted confirmation below:
My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014
The director has worked with supernatural elements before in films like Sinister and the upcoming Deliver Us From Evil, so handling the magic and special effects presumably required in a Doctor Strange film should be an easy jump for him. Though Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is going to be the real introduction to magic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when Avengers: Age of Ultron rolls around next year, Doctor Strange was always intended as a bridge to the bigger magical elements of the Marvel Universe on film. If they can pull off Guardians of the Galaxy – a film set in space with little ties to the main Avengers characters – then I’m guessing Marvel can pull off just about anything (except finding the perfect director for Ant-Man, since they already let him walk away).
Seems like this is good timing for Marvel to confirm this decision, because it’d take some attention away from the Ant-Man situation that they still haven’t resolved yet. As for casting, there’s still no word on who will ultimately play Stephen Strange in this film, although Marvel has apparently eyed Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Johnny Depp at various points in the past.
What do you think about Derrickson as the director of Doctor Strange? Think he’s the right guy for the job? Who would you like to see cast as the Sorcerer Supreme?
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