It looks like the latest version of the script for Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange adaptation will be penned by Jon Spaihts. Marvel is in negotiations with the Prometheus scribe to pen the feature-length script about the title character, a gifted neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme. This entry promises to be a more magical installment in Marvel’s movieverse since its hero uses a combination of sorcery, mystical and martial arts in order to defend Earth. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Spaihts has entered into negotiations with the comicbook studio in order to script Doctor Strange. For better or worse, Spaihts is probably best known for his work on the Prometheus script. He’s currently penning Universal’s reboot of The Mummy and Disney’s remake of The Black Hole, which has Joseph Kosinski attached to direct. The first script for Doctor Strange was turned in by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, and Marvel is looking to fast-track this one as they have plans for a franchise.
Spaihts himself commented briefly on the news via Twitter:
Doctor Strange was always my favorite Marvel hero. It’s a good day. http://t.co/1hInjPWnbQ
— Jon Spaihts (@jonspaihts) June 18, 2014
Of course, every franchise needs a big name in the lead to carry it forward. Rumored actors vying for the lead include Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jared Leto. With Marvel apparently anxious to move forward on this one, we will hopefully be hearing some official casting confirmation relatively soon, though perhaps this is news they’re saving for Comic-Con (or beyond).
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