The writer/director of The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Sinister and forthcoming Deliver Us From Evil will be taking on more mainstream metaphysical fare for his next film: reports are emerging that Scott Derrickson has landed the directors chair of the long-awaited Doctor Strange film for Marvel Studios.
Derrickson has been in talks with Marvel for some time, being touted for the gig alongside Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine, (The Wackness / 50/50). Indeed, the studio has yet to confirm or deny the appointment and Variety are reporting that Marvel has yet to fully seal the deal – however, a tweet from Derrickson this evening does give some indication of his confidence of landing the job.
My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014
Alongside Ant-Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange has been a project that Marvel Head Of Development Kevin Feige had personally invested a lot of time and energy, speaking often about his desire to get the project off the ground fielding questions about the character at numerous San Diego Comic-Con panels and interviews.
While The Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy opened up the Marvel Cineatic Universe to galaxies, far, far away, the Thor franchise made every effort to tie the supernatural to the ‘real world’ by employing the old adage, “Magic is only science and nature that you don’t understand yet.” However, Doctor Strange, if the screen version is to follow the path of his comic book counterpart, this will be the first film to truly leave the earthbound stage and head into more ethereal planes, opening up the MCU to a whole new realm of weirdness!
SlashFilm’s Russ Fischer makes the very good point of the correlation between Doctor Strange’s character history as a member of The Defenders, a super hero collective which will be winging their way to the small screen as part of the roster of Netflix shows – Fischer suggest that we may first see the Sorcerer Supreme either being introduced on the small screen or possibly make an regular appearance. Heaven knows, as exampled by the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier/Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. tie-in, Marvel has taken to tying its television projects to its Cinematic Universe in quite the dramatic fashion.
However: first things first. As soon as Derrickson is confirmed as the man behind the camera for the film, which would take its place in the Third Phase of the MCU – alongside Captain America 3 and Ant-Man, if it ever gets made – we’ll let you know. Scripts have already been submitted and re-written; Marvel will probably encourage the writer in Derrickson to have a stab at the material, too.
One man who has been very diplomatic about the directorial arrangements that Marvel make has been Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn, posting on Facebook about the relationship the studio had with departed Ant-Man director Edgar Wright. The signing of Derrickson, however, is one that he wholeheartedly supports:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 3, 2014
What do you think of this choice of director for the good Doctor? Good, bad, indifferent? remember, this is the guy that also brought us the middling Keanu Reeves remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still. Can he pull it off? Comments below, as always…