Scott Derrickson to direct Marvel's Doctor Strange movie

News Simon Brew 4 Jun 2014 - 06:50

Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil director Scott Derrickson has been hired by Marvel to direct the Doctor Strange movie...

It's been little secret that Marvel has been developing a Doctor Strange movie, and the film has been widely expected to form part of phase three of the studio's slate. Furthermore, it's been expected that the film would take one of the release dates announced by Marvel Studios, but thus far unfilled by a known movie.

Things, however, seem to be sliding into place, as director Scott Derrickson has confirmed over his Twitter feed that he's landed the job of bringing Doctor Strange to the big screen. Derrickson, known for films such as Sinister, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose and The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, has promising horror Deliver Us From Evil arriving in cinemas this summer. And then, we presume it's full steam ahead on Doctor Strange.

It's a good choice of director too. Whilst Derrickson has range, we do wonder if his appointment means that Marvel is willing to nudge towards the horror genre for Doctor Strange's big screen debut.

It's expected that the film will slot into either the July 8th 2016 or May 5th 2017 release date that Marvel has available. Here's the Tweet that Derrickson sent to announce the news.

Let the casting speculation now begin - we're already hearing Jared Leto's name being mentioned...

B.A.D.

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Horror Marvel movie with Dr. Strange? Count me in! I hope though that Derrickson can avoid the inherent B-movie-ishness of such a combined source material.

*Looks at films quoted* ....... hmmmm, well I don't normally quote someone like Meatloaf but ... *ahem* weeellll two out of three aiiin't baaaad!

I've been saying this for years and goshdarnitall I'll keep saying it. Timothy. Dalton

Yes!!

A thousand times yes!!!

Yes!!

you sir are a genius!

Is Cumberbatch too obvious?

Nathan Fillion. That is all

Will definitely also take Fillion 'cos he needs to be in a Marvel film. He needs to lose all that Castle-weight, mind.

So what films do we see this being similar to?
I can't see them going a full Horror route with it.

seeing as its Disney i wouldnt be surprised if Johnny Depp's name will be mentioned....

why would you say that...even as joke...
If this happens I will blame you Marvel Girl!

Maybe a Cabin in the Woods style vibe?

I'm surprised we haven't already heard a rumor linking him with the part.

Oded Fehr is surely the only logical choice?

Latino Review says Jared Leto. Yes they've been wrong a ton of times but lately they've been right, like several times in a row. Jared letoooo.......

Brilliant idea and one that would meet the principal requirement for a great Timothy Dalton performance, namely the presence of facial hair.

I can't see them being too tongue-in-cheek about it though. They would have to present it as a credible concept to sell the film?

That's very true. So maybe something in the vein of Scream? Horror with some lighthearted elements without sacrificing too much of the tension?

I was thinking more Hellboy.

I like his films, he'll make an interesting choice...we'll see how far Marvel goes down the horror hole. It's been a while since Blade.

Yeah, The Day the Earth Stood Still was just...weird. $80 million budget and nothing to show for it. And I mean NOTHING.

Hm. That would be too much fantasy and not enough horror for my taste...

Precisely.

I think Dr Strange is more towards fantasy rather then horror though? Maybe a Constantine type thing, but with the Marvel spin on it?

Maybe. I must admit I've never read a Dr. Strange comic. To me it just seems that Marvel movies are inherently fantasy movies anyways, and concentrating too much on this would be a wasted opportunity if you could highlight a possible horror aspect in the same vein.

I've read a couple of comics that he was in and seen the animated film from a few years back but that's about it. Probably why I can quite imagine how his film will feel or fit into the MCU. Looking foward to it though.

A thousand times yes

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