Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By the Vishanti: Marvel Taps Director Scott Derrickson for Doctor Strange

Horror director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil) seems to be the man to bring Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme to the big screen.

Variety first broke the news today that director Scott Derrickson was offered to opportunity to helm Doctor Strange. While it's obvious that fans are a little hesitant to get too excited over those who are offered director gigs by Marvel these days, Derrickson relieved a lot of anxiety with the following tweet:

While Marvel did have a script a while back, they are seemingly in the market for a new writer for the project and, it seems, Derrickson who has 9 writing credits on his resume including Sinister and Deliver Us from Evil, is rumored to be interested in taking a stab at cracking the new screenplay. While it is the cool thing to do to bash Marvel now, I give them credit for continuing to tinker with the genres within the superhero genre. Derrickson certainly seems to have found his niche as a horror director and hiring him seems to indicate that Marvel intends to make Doctor Strange a superhero horror film. That's a very cool notion indeed. Given Marvel's track record of assembling a creative team roughly 2 years ahead of filming, it is safe to assume that they are at least eyeballing the previously earmarked July 8, 2016 date for Doctor Strange, something that not too long ago seemed unlikely.

In related and extremely interesting news, Badass Digest's Devin Faraci mentioned that Marvel may be pursuing Academy Award winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) for the lead role of Stephen Strange. That's an outstanding choice as Leto is exactly the kind of weirdo that could play the eccentric, arrogant Strange. That rumor hasn't stopped actor Matthew Modine from taking to Twitter to try to set up a meeting with Derrickson over the lead role:

This news comes at the right time for Marvel, as the studio wallows in the aftermath of Edgar Wright's departure from Ant-Man. It seemed that Adam McKay was set to take on the directorial duties before passing and, as This Is Infamous reported today, Rawson Thurber has ALSO chosen not to take on the film. At this point, it seems best to let Ant-Man pass into the night and refocus on the larger narrative of the MCU.


Ain't It Cool News' Mr. Beaks sent out the following tweet today which indicates that Thurber has not turned down Ant-Man: