Marvel may be rushing around trying to find a replacement for Edgar Wright on Ant Man, but they’ve found someone for another of their upcoming movies, as THR reports that Scott Derrickson has been hired to helm Doctor Strange.
A Doctor Strange movie has been in development for some time, and it’s been known that Marvel was hoping the movie would part of Phase 3 of its universe. The presumption is that the film will be released in 2016.
Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon, a practicing sorcerer, and serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer had been writing the script, but it appears Marvel is on the lookout for new writers, with Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger said to be in the mix.
Derrickson had a major success with The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but his first attempt at big budget studio filmmaking, The Day the Earth Stood Still, didn’t work out so well. However Sinister was a hit and it’s believed Marvel were also impressed with his work on the upcoming thriller Deliver Us from Evil, and so thought it was a good idea to give him another shot at a major special effects flick.
It’ll be interesting to see how Marvel handles Doctor Strange, as the character is more on the magic side of their comic books rather than the more sci-fi heavy superheroes. With Thor they took the magical side and presented it as simply being sci-fi with a fantasy element. Presumably they’ll take a similar tack with Doctor Strange, so that he doesn’t seem out of place with the rest of the Marvel universe.