Will One of These Three Directors Direct ‘Doctor Strange’?

By March 12, 2014

We’ve been steadily inching towards that long-rumored Dr. Strange movie for so long, that it’s hard to believe that we’re still working under, well, just rumors. Although casting the film is fun enough – though Johnny Depp doesn’t need another franchise, you guys – it’s also important to wonder about who might actually direct this thing, and if THR is on the money, one of these three guys might actually be doing it.

The outlet’s Borys Kit reports (via Twitter, because technology) that the current shortlist of possible directors for the project includes Scott Derrickson (new to the mix), along with previously rumored helmers Mark Andrews and Jonathan Levine.

If you’re familiar with these three names, you’re probably more than a bit flummoxed over their apparent inclusion on one list for the same job, because they are all known for very different types of films.

Derrickson is a horror guy, best known for films like Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. He’s also a busy horror guy, as he currently has no less than eight new films in various stages of development. Interestingly enough, he does have one project in the works – Thunderstruck – that sounds like it could be a new spin on a superhero movie (it’s about powerful entities that begin showing up on Earth, and how humans react to them). He’s also been moving into more crime-centric films, and even a future-set thriller titled Deus Ex: Human Revolution. A superhero film like Doctor Strange could fit quite nicely into his steadily expanding career.

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Mark Andrews is the animated guy in the group (kind of), having co-directed both Brave and the short One Man Band. Andrews did, however, also contribute to the script for John Carter, so he’s got some live action in there.

Levine could bring a comedic edge to the film. He’s best known for films like The Wackness, 50/50, and Warm Bodies. With All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, he’s also got some horror chops, and darkness is a good thing to bring to Strange. However, like Derrickson, he’s just so damn busy – he also has eight projects in various states of pre-production, including his reunion with 50/50 stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Do any of these directors sound like a good fit for Doctor Strange?

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  • Andrew L Gonzalez

    I like Levine for this task. This task does indeed call for a bit of dark to the mix and the inclusion of a smattering of comedy would lend itself well to this also

  • Richard R Moore

    I think, busy or not, this task is best left to those who know this genre best. There are those who will not respond well to this if not done correctly.

  • Kristin T Medina

    Levine all the way! If you haven’t seen Warm Bodies, that will give you all need to know. his sardonic take on zombie interaction could play with Dr. Strange.