A few weeks ago, we reported that Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in the mix to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange. It’s a diverse bunch of directors, and now one more name is joining their ranks: Scott Derrickson. Derrickson mostly has a horror background. His previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Inferno, and he recently directed the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. However, he does have a big-budget feature to his name having directed the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.
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In addition to reporting on Derrickson being in the mix for the directing gig, THR writer Borys Kit also tweeted, “Being told Mark Andrews (Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) still on the shortlist,” so I’m wondering if that means Arcel and Israelite are out.
Either way, the addition of Derrickson means that the only constant for Doctor Strange from a directing perspective is that they’ll be reasonably affordable. Beyond that, it’s tough to point out what Jonathan Levine and Scott Derrickson have in common, or what in their past filmography lines up with a story about a neurosurgeon-cum-sorcerer living in Greenwich Village.
However, it’s important to remember that we don’t know what kind of approach Marvel will be taking to Doctor Strange, but it will be exciting to find out. Kung Fu Panda scribes Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are being eyed to write the screenplay, but the studio reportedly wants a writer/director team that can work together to hammer out the story.