We’re getting closer to a Doctor Strange movie. The director’s chair has reportedly been filled.
Variety has reported that director Scott Derrickson is Marvel’s choice to take on the long-gestating Doctor Strange film that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been hinting at for years now. Variety reported that “a deal should be struck shortly,” and mere minutes after their report appeared Derrickson confirmed he’s on board via Twitter.
Derrickson’s built a reputation as a successful director and writer in the realm of horror cinema over the past few years, with films like 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose and 2012’s Sinister, both of which generated considerable box-office success with small budgets (Sinister‘s reported budget was only $3 million, and it went on to gross nearly $90 million). Derrickson also has experience with bigger-budget genre fare, like the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, which didn’t earn much in the way of critical acclaim but did rake in nearly three times its reported $80 million budget at the box office. His next film, Deliver Us From Evil, will be released July 2.
Doctor Stephen Strange has been a major part of the Marvel Comics Universe since 1963, and though he’s never quite gained the fame of characters like Wolverine, Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man, he’s remained a powerful authority figure, particularly as a member of both the Avengers and the Defenders, and a key connection to the supernatural side of Marvel.
Now Feige and Derrickson will begin the work of casting the film’s title role. Though big names likeJohnny Depp have reportedly been in the running in the past, Variety reports that there is “no front-runner” for the gig at the moment. The film also still doesn’t have a publicly known release date, though now that Derrickson’s officially onboard there’s a good chance we’ll hear more about that at San Diego Comic-Con next month.
So we’ve finally got concrete news on a Marvel film many of us have been waiting for since Nick Fury first said the words “Avengers Initiative” on screen back in 2008. Marvel’s got a director with proven genre chops, particularly when it comes to the supernatural. Now we’ll see where the project goes from here.