“Doctor Strange” Director Speaks; “Prometheus” Screenwriter Hired?

June 19, 20140 Comments

Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios is in negotiations with screenwriter Jon Spaihts to pen the script for Doctor Strange. A draft had been previously written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Spaihts’ other credits include the first draft of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Universal’s planned reboot of The Mummy. Word is that Marvel is hoping to have this film in production as soon as possible. Perhaps this will be one of the other films Marvel has planned for a 2016 release?

About a week ago, we reported that Jared Leto, who won an Academy Award for his performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club, was being considered for the titular role alongside Johnny Deep and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It seems that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are also on the shortlist of possible actors to play Doctor Strange.

Meanwhile, Director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sinister) chatted with Joblo about the big-screen adaptation while promoting his upcoming picture, Deliver Us From Evil. “I think when you consider the work that I’ve done it makes sense that he’d be my favorite comic book character, at least in the Marvel universe,” he said. “Probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I’m suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and the story and the ambition of those comics, especially the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko ‘Strange Tales’ – I think those are my favorite of all of them. The entire history of the comics is extraordinary.”

Derrickson adds, “I wanted it really bad. More than any other project that I’ve gone after, I felt compelled to do everything in my power to get on that project. Genuinely felt like I was the right guy to do it.” 

On reactions to him being hired, Derrickson says, “I think the nicest surprise for me, the most unexpected surprise, is the positive reaction.” He continued, “Both to me getting the film – I guess I expected the detractors, and they just haven’t been there, it’s all been quite positive. More than that, it’s just the general enthusiasm for Doctor Strange. I think people who know the comic world and the Marvel universe, they all feel the same way I do, which is, ‘This is the Marvel movie we’re all ready to see now.’ This movie needs to exist. The outpouring of excitement that people have shown is the thing I’ve been most pleasantly surprised.” 

With his background, it’ll be interesting to see if Doctor Strange will have more of a horror tone than the other Marvel films or if he’ll distance himself from that genre. Either way, he seems very passionate about the project, which is good. Now we just have to wait and see who will actually play the Sorcerer Supreme.

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