‘Doctor Strange’ Director Shortlist Update: ‘Sinister’ Director in the Mix [Updated]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 12th, 2014 at 1:20 pm,

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[Update: Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange for Marvel.]

Marvel Studios will release Captain America: The Winter Soldier in a matter of weeks, has Guardians of the Galaxy arriving this summer, and has production on Avengers: Age of Ultron getting underway around the globe. So, with “Phase 2″ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe now fully sketched out, we’ve started to look forward to what lies ahead in “Phase 3.”

Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man will kickoff “Phase 3,” with The Avengers 3 all-but-officially set to serve as the conclusion; Captain America 3 and Thor 3 are likewise expected to be included as “Phase 3″ installments, with Doctor Strange and one last Marvel flick (Inhumans? Guardians of the Galaxy 2?) most likely rounding out the wave of films.

Many a Marvel fan has at least one eye fixed on development for Doctor Strange, since that “Phase 3″ non-sequel has neither a director nor star attached, but is looking to gain both sooner than later right now. There’ve been a handful of names thrown out as potentials for one job or the other, but it’s definitely a fluid situation – as Marvel studio head Kevin Feige teased not too long ago, “We’re meeting a lot of people now.”

THR’s Borys Kit is now claiming that Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) is among the directors now shortlisted for Doctor Strange; in a separate Tweet, Kit added that two of THR‘s previously-reported candidates – Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and Mark Andrews (Brave) – are still in the running for the helmer job, according to his sources.

Doctor Strange isn’t the first blockbuster based on a pop intellectual property that Derrickson’s been linked to in recent memory; over a year ago, he was tapped to direct a brewing film adaptation of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution video game series. It has been more than twelve months since Derrickson claimed the project was “moving like a rocket” towards becoming a reality – maybe he’s now mulling a move to the world of comic book movies, since Deus Ex is apparently progressing slower than expected? (On a related note: Derrickson co-wrote Sinister 2, but won’t direct that sequel, which also helps open up his schedule for an undertaking of Doctor Strange proportions.)

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Both Derrickson and Levine have previously delivered quality supernatural/horror fare - Derrickson more so than Levine, for sure – but with strong undercurrents of other thematic elements (drama, romance, etc.). Those feel like the appropriate credentials for someone who could be entrusted to bring the tale of the surgeon-turned Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Strange to the big screen – albeit, in a way that befits how the MCU keeps expanding to encompass new genres, that is.

Andrews, by comparison, has Pixar’s fantasy Brave as his sole feature directorial effort to date. However, he comes from a screenwriting background of sci-fi/fantasy material (he co-wrote Disney’s John Carter movie and worked on the acclaimed Samurai Jack cartoon TV series) – the kind that might be just gritty, yet family-friendly enough for a Doctor Strange film set in the MCU, as it were.

That is to say, it arguably makes sense that Mavel would be looking at any/all three of the aforementioned filmmakers as possible choices to direct Doctor Strange; whether one of them has the edge on the others – your guess is as good as ours, right now. So, feel free to let us know which is your favorite of the trio (or, if you’re holding out for someone else to oversee this particular Marvel project), in the comments section.


We’ll keep you updated on development for Doctor Strange.

Source: THR (link 1) (link 2)

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  1. While we’re here, how about we just get a Samurai Jack movie tho…

    • I’d actually be down for that to happen. Who would you cast as Samurai Jack though.

      • someone who else japanese not white

    • Or maybe work in a TV series or movie about Moon Knight?

      As for Dr. Strange, a personal early priority for me is getting a good actor who actually looks like Dr. Strange, so we can identify with the character we have come to know over the years in the early comics onward. Finding an actor who can pull off the part, including the look, is possible. Look at the guy (was his name Simmons?) who played J. Jonah Jameson in the first Spiderman movies, or good old “Captain Picard” playing Professor X in the early X-Men movies…they really looked the part, AND could act the part. That’s the kind of thing we need for Dr. Strange (not some goofy reboot like the proposed FF reboot where none of the FF looks like the FF…unless that means “Fouled-up Four”!).

      As for The Inhumans…that has the potential, I think, if done right, to be a very welcomed hit among fans: Black Bolt, Triton, Gorgon, Karnak, Medusa, Lockjaw, Crystal, etc. and the rest of that grouping…yes, I could get really anxious and excited to see that on the big screen!

  2. Scott Derrickson has a way of grounding the supernatural. I’d like to see him get a shot at this.

  3. Calling it right now: Justin Theroux is Doctor Strange.

    • I think he would be good

    • I’m always reminded about that movie “Your Highness” when talking about Justin Theroux. I can’t remember if I hate or like that movie.

    • Don’t forget about Matthew Goode! He would be excellent!

  4. Kit Harrington for Dr. Strange!

    • Be serious.

  5. Doctor Strange is the kind of movie that Guillermo del Toro will be perfect as a director for. But I for one, am open for talented up-and-coming director, which is obviously the route MARVEL going for here. Will look forward to this!

    • I have to agree. Del Toro would be a good choice. Dr. Strange could easily get screwed up or just not work. It will be interesting to see who they pick and why.

  6. How about James Wan. :)

  7. I’m glad that a director with horror genre experience is being considered. Although, James Wan (Insidious, Saw, The Conjuring) is my candidate. A Dr. Strange movie should have elements of horror, action and a dash of comedy. Something like a more serious Ghostbusters.

  8. I always thought of Patrick Dempsey when I saw doctor strange (which has nothing to do with the fact that I love Grey’s Anatomy)

    • he has publicly stated he would love to do that part, and i also am a grey’s fan.

      • Omg i did not know that thats freakin awesome

        • I’ve been saying this from Day 1. I’m not a Grey’s Anatomy fan, but I think Patrick Dempsey could pull off the whole thing easily. He’s a natural for the ‘arrogant skilled surgeon’ role, and he just plain looks like Dr. Strange, he’s got amazing acting ‘chops’…what more could you ask for??

          Not to mention the fan-girl numbers he would bring in!

          And he wants to play the part!!

          Cast him now Marvel.

          • I’ll be honest, as a huge MARVEL fan I’m against Dempsey completely. The guys just grates on all of my nerves. I disagree with the commentary that he’s got acting ‘chops’ and think that Marvel can do MUCH better.

  9. Also I’ve been thinking about Luke Evans, so yeah just think about it… ponder

  10. This becomes real when they settle on a director. The Doctor is one of my all-time favorite characters, one that never really “hit it out of the park” as a comic character, but has an unmined gem of a backstory and a great array of evil stories and adversaries to choose from.

    In this day and age, I truly think the Sorceror Supreme will translate better to the big screen then he ever has to comics.

    • I agree a lot w your last sentence!

      Let’s see Doctor Strange go balls to the wall in this film, and no one will question why he’s Sorcerer Supreme again! :D

  11. Sorcerer supreme? No, no, no.

    Remember The Matrix? Neo’s journey of becoming The One in the first movie was a lot more interesting than him actually being The One in movies 2 and 3. On the other hand, Harry Potter’s growth as a warlock spanned eight very successful movies.

    Doc’s magical mystery tour into supremehood should span all 3 movies. That would be the smartest and coolest thing to do.

  12. Okay since everybody else seems to be tossing in their two cents. First thing they are totally giving him an adaptation of Adam Warlock’s story arc from the Infinity Gauntlet. Adam I love guy but sorry bout’ it you are out. A shame but he would just look like a Dr. Manhattan knock-off at this point. Now the rest I would personally love to see Joseph Fiennes as the doctor and Aronofski directing.

  13. Jim Caviezel for Dr Strange. His acting is impeccable. He can be gotten for cheap, which would raise the bottom line profit. He’s already got the mysterious thing going on. He even looks like Dr Strange. I hope he’s considered.