Scott Derrickson in Talks to Direct Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE

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Marvel still may be without a director for Ant-Man (which is scheduled for release in a little over a year), but the studio has found its Doctor Strange director.  We learned a few months ago that a number of filmmakers were in the running to take the helm of the comics adaptation, including Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine, Brave director Mark Andrews, and horror filmmaker Scott Derrickson.  It now appears that the latter is the choice to take on the gig, as the director behind Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose is in talks to bring Doctor Strange to fruition.  Hit the jump for more.

doctor-strange-moviePer Variety, Scott Derrickson is in talks to direct the comics adaptation Doctor Strange for Marvel.  Derrickson is a solid choice, as he has experience helming larger fare like The Day the Earth Stood Still remake, but in particular his handle of mood and atmosphere in Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose is incredibly strong.  His latest film, the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil, arrives in theaters next month.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been keen on getting a Doctor Strange movie off the ground for some time now, hinting that it would be one of the films slated for Marvel’s Phase Three.  For those unfamiliar with the character, Strange is a former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the ability to use his hands.  After exhausting every option to restore his health, Strange locates “the Ancient One” in the Himalayas who reluctantly teaches him the mystic arts.  If Thor and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy are aimed at introducing audiences to more sci-fi aspects of the Marvel universe, Doctor Strange will undoubtedly be delving into mysticism.

Variety notes that if a deal makes, Marvel and Derrickson will begin searching for an actor to fill the lead role.  Rumors swirled that Johnny Depp was interested/meeting/signed on to play Strange over the past few years, but those have thus far gone unfounded.  We’ll likely learn more about the project at Comic-Con this summer.  Derrickson confirmed the news with a tweet, included below.

Now, about that Ant-Man movie…




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  • enzofloc

    There are more cb movies than there are directors.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Using math and the magic of counting, I can say with 100% certainty this is not true.

      • Al

        Directors we’re interested in directing comic book movies*.

      • enzofloc

        Irony R.I.P.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Your original comment wasn’t irony. Nor is this conversation.

      • Al

        Come off it Lex, he was having fun..

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’m not on top of anything. This conversation isn’t fun.

      • Al

        No kidding

      • enzofloc

        lighten up buddy. a lot of people take things too literally. i’ll even let you have the last word since it would be pointless to engage in a conversation with you anyway.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’m not your buddy, friend.

  • TimeTravelMan

    Pedro Pascal will certainly give an eye popping performance

    • DoremusJessup

      This would actually be a great call. Seems to me, from his GoT work, that he has the acting chops and the charisma to hold his own in the Marvel universe. Would rather see Marvel go with an up-and-coming promising actor then a Johnny Depp type.

      But seriously, I hope Depp isn’t even on the radar for Strange.

    • http://www.awkwardmeow.com awkwardMEOW

      Great choice though!

    • Matt

      Great suggestion, and punchline.

    • Royale With Cheese

      That would be Fn amazing and would somewhat relieve the pain in my heart. I doubt it will happen though…

  • Leo Spaceman

    I am normally pretty excited about Marvel movies, but I am starting to think that the MCU movies are more episodes then movies. Ant-Man should be about Ant-Man, not about Marvel universe. Same can be said for every Marvel movie, but it isn’t enough like that in Phase 2.

    • Mezmero

      That’s kind of the point. Your getting episodes but it’s a movie that connects the universe. They all have their own enemies and cities but they eventually cross paths as we all do. As a result they form a team to face enemies that we can’t match alone. How is that not clear by now?This was always the formula and this is why it’s successful.

  • kps

    I know it’s not the greatest of metrics, but I don’t think any of his movies have even crossed a 7 on IMDB. This is certainly a bold choice.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      The same is true of James Gunn’s directorial career, but GotG looks pretty damn good.

    • Person

      Sinister was fantastic; I usually don’t like horror movies cuz they’re all essentially the same, but that one is very good. I have faith Marvel’s choice here, despite the AntMan-Gate.

  • Shapyroman

    Of the three, they picked the less interresting. And the only one with a big budget experience (the awful The Day the Earth Stood Still).
    Marvel is digging its own grave: Doctor Strange isn’t as popular as they think and a guy like Scott Derrickson won’t be able to make it appealing.
    Big losses of money on the way…

    • Matt

      Youre a Negative Nancy, as well as wrong. You probably said the same thing about Iron Man and Thor before they came out. They are putting 200 million into GOTG, which has zero name recognition or popularity. You think that wont make money? Marvel can make any movie they want now, simply by slapping MARVEL before the title.

      • eternalozzie

        Your examples Iron Man and Thor moved many many more issues of comics than Doctor Strange. Gauardians and Doctor Strange are defiantly B heroes.

      • Matt

        Strange, Gaurdians, and even Ant Man are not even close to the A team, but at this point Marvel doesnt give a damn. Like I said before, all they gotta do is Slap MARVEL on the title and its guranteed to hit 500 million worldwide. The Characters they choose to feature are significantly less important, as long as people believe Marvel continues making quality product.

      • Steve

        The Law of Diminishing Returns suggests otherwise.

  • Norrtron

    I wish Marvel would hire a director that would get me excited, every director in this phase has been pretty “meh”, some decent movies but they won’t go to the next level unless they have a guy like Edgar Wright behind the camera.

  • Jason Reichow

    the guy directed the fifth Hellraiser film which is a surprisingly good film. i say give him a chance!

  • Al

    90s Bruce Campbell.

    • The Flobbit

      Bruce Campbell for everything.

  • The Flobbit

    I would love to see Viggo Mortensen as Strange, but he’d probably bitch about the CGI. Adrien Brody would be great, maybe Richard Armitage, Patrick Dempsey, or as a wildcard, Oded Fehr.

    Just keep Johnny Depp away from these roles.

    • Matt

      Those are all pretty good choices – I’d go with Viggo or Armitage… but Oded Fehr would be so sick!

      • The Flobbit

        I assume you mean sick in a good way? It would be a ballsy move, but if anyone could pull it off, it would be Marvel. Richard Armitage looks the part, and has that gravitas and mystery.

        Of course, we’re probably going to get Johnny Depp or Seth McFarlane or something.

      • gph-artist

        You made me laugh with the Seth McFarlane bit; thanks for brightening my morning at work.

    • Person

      Could see Ethan Hawke doing it, especially given that he and Derrickson already worked together. I still think the best choice would’ve been Guy Pearce, had he not done Iron Man 3. Mortensen and Armitage are also solid choices; I’m always in favor of giving LOTR veterans another franchise to star in haha

      • The Flobbit

        Ethan Hawke has the looks, but not the voice or the style. I wouldn’t watch a Marvel movie with Hawke (Who am I kidding, though? I’d watch a Marvel movie with Adam Sandler in it. Shame on me), and Guy Pearce would have been great.

        Here’s how it would have to work: Trevor Slattery turns out to actually be the real Mandarin, holding Killian under a dark spell with his rings. It turns out that Killian is actually Stephen Strange, who is put in hiding by SHIELD. He comes out of hiding to bring down a dark force from another world.

    • Pk

      Armitage is good , but would also give a chance to pedro pascal

      • The Flobbit

        Good actor, but not high profile enough. Marvel doesn’t hire A-listers, and Richard Armitage is right in the sweet spot in the middle: recognizable face, small paycheck.

        Also about profile: Not gaunt and edgy enough.

      • Pk

        Boy do I hope that happens. It’s just sad he wasn’t cast as batman

      • The Flobbit

        I’m ANGRY Warner Bros. didn’t see the light. I’d kill for an Armitage Batman!

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  • Royale With Cheese

    Johnny Depp is Stephen Strange.

  • Royale With Cheese

    Johnny Depp is Stephen Strange.

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    • The Flobbit

      Stay where you are. Someone will come by to pick you up. Don’t be afraid of the people in the masks. They are your FRIENDS.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        That’s what they said last time he got stuck in a Hamm loop. He’s never been the same.

    • The Flobbit

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  • DirtyMick76

    John Houston from Boardwalk Empire would be a good choise

    • Dirtymick76

      i mean choice

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