‘Doctor Strange’: Scott Derrickson Says Benedict Cumberbatch is Killing It with Test Audiences

     July 27, 2016


As a part of Marvel’s big show-stopping Saturday panel at Comic-Con, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson brought his entire leading cast — Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, and Benedict Wong — debuted a new trailer, and showed off the first clips to the Hall H audience. You can read my full write-up here, but in short, it was a mind-bendy, image-driven head trip through the realms of the mystic that showcased Strange’s razor sharp humor alongside the vibrant, dimensional imagery you’d expect from any worthy Doctor Strange adaptation.

doctor-strange-posterShortly after dropping the footage, Derrickson caught up with Collider’s own Steven Weintraub briefly backstage. The director talked about how he’s using 3D technology to highlight the trippy imagery that pays homage to the film’s Steve Ditko origins, how far along he is in post-production, what he’s learned from test screenings (spoiler: people love Benedict Cumberbatch), how long is his current cut of the movie, and what Michael Giacchino’s magical score brings to the film.

Watch the video interview above and check out a time index of topics discussed below. Doctor Strange arrives in theaters November 4th, 2016.

Scott Derrickson:

  • :25 — How did he prepare and decide the clips they wanted to show at Comic-Con?
  • :55 — Talk about how he’s using 3D in the film.
  • 1:29 — Where is he in the editing process?
  • 1:43 — What kind of pick-up shots is he doing?
  • 2:00 — What did he learn from his first friends and family screening and who did he invite?
  • 3:05 — How long was the first cut and how long is the movie now?
  • 3:33 — Talks about Michael Giacchino’s “magical” score.

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