Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ To Be Directed by ‘Sinister’ Helmer Scott Derrickson

Published 5 months ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 7:27 am,

Doctor Strange Sorceror Supreme Comic Marvels Doctor Strange To Be Directed by Sinister Helmer Scott Derrickson

Doctor Strange is not yet officially a part of Phase 3 of Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe, though studio head Kevin Feige has all but confirmed that the Sorcerer Supreme will, in fact, be joining the MCU between the release of the second and third Avengers installments. It’s been nearly three months since reports began circulating about the shortlist of directors being considered to helm the project – and today, we can offer an update on the situation.

According to Variety, Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) has entered proper talks to helm the Doctor Strange movie, after he was previously reported to be one of the filmmakers being eyed by Marvel Studios. The talks between the studio and Derrickson are reported to still be ongoing, though Variety‘s sources claim that “a deal should be struck shortly” – and THR‘s source are so confident about a deal being reached, that the site is already claiming that Derrickson “has signed on to direct the Marvel feature,” even in the absence of confirmation from Marvel.

Indeed, it seems safe to say that Derrickson will end up directing Doctor Strange, judging by this Tweet he just posted online:

The Doctor Strange comic books, for those unfamiliar, generally revolve around the arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, who is robbed of his fine surgical capabilities, only to later gain newfound supernatural abilities, which allow him to protect Earth from a variety of danger magical threats. Many a fan of the Stephen Strange character has already voiced their support for Derrickson to call the shots on a live-action Doctor Strange film, given his experience (and critical acclaim) in the supernatural horror genre – a sandbox he played in yet again for his next movie, Deliver Us From Evil, which opens in theaters this summer.

Derrickson, among other things, has demonstrated a knack for grounding the horrifying and fantastical without removing that sense of wonder (dark and disturbing, it may sometimes be) – a skill that ought to serve him well, when it comes to adapting Doctor Strange so that it feels like his own creation and fits the Marvel Movie Universe. Indeed, Feige previously made it known that he thinks the movie “needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip,” so you need someone who can manage a firm grasp on that sort of “weird” dark superhero story.

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Derrickson often writes the movies he directs – with the one exception to that rule, the 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still remake, suggesting that it’s usually for the best for him to have some hand in crafting the screenplays on his films. For now, though, it’s not clear what the plan is for the Doctor Strange movie, as far as the script-writing goes – though, Derrickson’s frequent screenwriting collaborator C. Robert Cargill has commented on Twitter about this matter, saying “As far as I know, no decisions about writing DOCTOR STRANGE have been made yet.”

As for who should – or, rather, who is likely to – play the man that would be Sorcerer Supreme: depending on which rumors you believe, Marvel Studios is either more interested in casting someone in their late 20s/early 30s (a la Joseph Gordon-Levitt) or someone who’s already reached the point of middle-age (a la Mads Mikkelsen) to play Mr. Strange. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in this case, since Feige has already gone on record as saying that the Doctor Strange film doesn’t necessarily need a big-name star as its headliner.

We’re sure there are plenty of Doctor Strange fans out there who have an opinion on this matter, so feel free to let us know who your dream casting choice for the Stephen Strange role would be, in the comments section of this article.

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Doctor Strange is currently without an official theatrical release date.

Source: Variety, THR

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  1. He’ll do a fine job. I have faith in the film. He’s going to take it in unexpected directions.

    • *Waits for him to drop out*

      • Lol yes critical acclaimed directors tend to have a higher chance of that happening with Marvel…

  2. So does Dr. Strange stumble upon the horrifying super 8 films?

    • That is such a cool idea! After his accident he’s in the hospital & a friend brings over some dvd’s for him to watch, including Super 8. He’ so inspired by the strange & unusual nature of Super 8 that it sends him on his search for The Ancient One in Tibet (via The Docks, of course).

      The Ancient One is about to send him on his way, unimpressed by Dr. Strange’s entitled & privileged demeanor, when the special edition Blu Ray of Super 8 falls out of his bag. The Ancient One cannot believe his eyes: the Blu Ray of one of his fave films, Super 8!

      They bond over this & The Ancient One decides to take him on.

      What a brilliant idea? How did you come up with that?

      • You’re right! That’s a brilliant opening scene for Deadpool!

      • Uhm, ok i was refering to the super 8 films Ethan Hawke watches in the film Sinister, which as mentioned above, Derrickson directed. Now “your” idea of him seeing the movie “Super 8″ sounds kinda neat anyway.

        • Why would they bond over that? Sinister had a terrible cliched ending.

        • LMAO, at myself here.

          s’funny lol

          I think Yoda should play The Ancient One!

          Or maybe I’m spending too much time on Screen Rant!

          OMG! What’s that strange knocking at my door?

          Hel-

  3. i can’t wait this will be interesting

  4. Love the pick. He’ll do great. Super excited to see what he brings to the good Doctor of Marvel.

  5. I think Sam Raimi could’ve done a great Doctor Strange film.

    • You know what I have to agree with you, between the evil dead films, drag me to hell and OZ this character would fit well with his style and genre of filmmaking.

    • You are the smartest person on the internet for the next hour, for that comment!! thumbs up!!

  6. Pedro Pascal as Doctor Strange please.

    • Hell yeah! Guy has a ton of charisma and screen presence. And for those of you who would complain that Dr. Strange doesn’t have a spanish accent:

      • I agree whole heartedly. And now seeing this interview… He so nailed the Red Viper. I hated to see that character end….

        • He would be awesome!

          • Agreed ! Fantastic choice.

            My 1st choice, however, is Mads Michelson with an American accent. He is perfect for the role.

            Pedro, also, is a great choice.

      • How about this guy?
        [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=836AE8f__BM&w=560&h=315

        • he could work. def has the look.

        • Everything about Henry Dean Morgan (Comedian) is right for Dr. Strange, except one thing; he’s simply too big a guy for Stephen Strange. Strange is tall and lanky, only adding muscle as a result of Wong’s Martial Arts training (at best, wiry muscle). Morgan is simply too much of a naturally imposing figure. Wouldn’t quite work for me. Still, a very good idea; Morgan could nail the part cuz he’s an excellent actor.

  7. I dig this guy’s horror movie resume. Benedict Cumberbatch for Dr.Strange please :)

    • I’m having a difficult time picturing him with a stache and goatee. I would set my sight on Johnny Depp.

      • Depp is too big of a star for the role of Dr. Strange

        • Not any more, or at least he’s in danger of losing that huge spotlight, have you seen the numbers his last films pulled in. It’s like audiences are losing interests in him. Joining the MCU and leading Dr. Strange might help both him and the film it self once audiences see him playing an actual superhero.

          • Agree. His last several films have been subpar at best and this coming from a fan of his.

            • He needs to realize that at some point between pirates 2 and 3 some of us have grown tired of Cap’n Jack. He seems to be going back to that character a lot in other films.

              • That doesn’t change the fact that he was able to pull in more than 500 million in profit for “Pirates 4″ for Disney in 2011 and that movie was a 6/10 at best…

                • But see he wasn’t playing Cap’n Jack like some loony clutz in that film. Compare that charcter with how he was portrayed in parts 2 and 3, he’s darn near inept in those movies.

                  • I love the Pirates movies but 4 it was not that good. It just felt like it was lacking the magic that 1-3 had at least for me it did. Johnny I think keeps going back because at this point in his career is because he realizes Jack Sparrow is all he has left in his star tank. I wouldn’t be opposed though to seeing him play Doctor Strange. It could maybe resurrect his career like Iron Man did for RDJ.

                    • part 4 had lackluster creatures and monsters, zombie pirates didn’t look cool and seemed half-@$%ed in terms of make up. But again I wouldn’t mind seeing him play strange.

        • Let’s hope you’re right. Depp is like poison these days.

      • Lol. Those are good picks, but they beg some joke about how every character must be played by either Cumberbatch, Depp or Idris Elba. They’re the only acceptable choices to play our dearest roles.

        I’m just joking, of course, and there are other guys…

        …and ladies. Speaking of which, where is the confirmation of Captain Marvel, so that we can start throwing around names like Sackhoff and Strahovski in earnest?

        • Seriously…tired of every potential Ms. Marvel casting post filled with “Katee Sackhoff!!!” and “Yvonne Strahovski!!!” because those are the only two blonde actresses that fanboys of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Chuck’ want to see in the role to fulfill some fantasy they have. Open your minds, children.

  8. Ohohoho I love this choice. He’s a HORROR genre director, that fits the whole ghostly aura of Strange. We’re gonna have a creepy Dormammu hahaha

    Oh, and would not be surprised if Ethan Hawke or Eric Bana is cast as Strange now.

    • Yeah Ethan Hawke is also a nice choice too, if they have him kill a cinephile Demon lord that would be hilarious though.

    • I wouldn’t mind if they get one of those two to play Dr. Strange. Though, I heard/thought that they wanted to get an unknown actor to for that role?

  9. So excited they chose a horror director.

  10. ive never been a big fan of Dr. Strange but then again Ive never read the comics or seen him in any of the cartoons growing up. meh…rather see deadpool

    • Go tell on tell 20th Century Fox that.

  11. The director seems fine.

    Patrick Dempsey, who is a Dr. Strange fan, should play Dr. Strange.

  12. Thinking I want to check out Sinister…

  13. Even though he wasn’t on top of my wish list (James Wan) I’m thrilled that Marvel is going with someone who has a horror background.

    • I was hoping for Wan too, but I enjoyed sinister a lot so im happy about this.

      • We don’t always get what we Wan-t.

        (Sorry about that; the pun was irresistable.)

  14. Isnt zack effron the biggest rumor for the role?

    • He was rumored to have red some Marvel script but we have no idea what it was or if that was even true.

      • Grammar police patrol Rob. You misspelled read. See that is one reason why you guys need an edit button for us regulars on here. :D

  15. Isn’t John Ham rumored to be casted as Strange? However, he does not seem strange enough; furthermore, he is kind of stiff. My choice would be Don Diamont.

    • settle for don draper?

  16. Michael Fassbender? I know……….but you gotta know he can play the arrogant portion REAL well.

  17. I know that there is somebody out there whom thinks that if it wasn’t for Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr would be perfect as Dr. Strange based on looks.

  18. Guillermo del Toro would of been good to direct but Derrickson might be better!

    They picked an odd age range for the actor to play Doctor Strange. It’s a tough call. Chris Klein maybe?

  19. I love the way Marvel gives the ‘little guys’ in the comics a shot at the MCU.
    I hate the way DC just brush the little guys aside so they can milk Batman and superman. Seriously, 6 Superman movies, 1 reboot, 6 Batman movies, 3 reboots? What about Martian Manhunter, Flash, Shazam, Black Canary, Aquaman etc?
    I don’t think DC has enough faith than Marvel does in their properties. That’s why we haven’t even seen a WW movie yet, and that’s disappointing.

    PS: I’m sorry.. hearing this news, I can’t help but to thing where would DC be now if they had a little more faith in their lesser known properties.

    • DC cares for their properties in several media outlets outside of blockbuster films. The same cannot be said for Marvel.

    • It is not that they want to, they HAVE to. Keep in mind these are the properties they CAN make movies of, not owning the rights to spider-man or xmen. If they owned the rights to SM i guarantee you that it’d be one SM movie per year.

  20. Daniel Day Lewis or Jim Caviezel would be a great Dr. Strange.

    If they go younger then Zach Effron could be the one they are eyeballing.

    • a scene between Strange and Iron man
      Dr. Strange: I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!!!!

  21. I thought Derrickson tweeted that he wanted Luke Evans to play Dr Strange the moment he was confirmed as director?

    I’d still prefer Aiden Gillan. I’ve been saying this for the past 14 months but just look at him with the grey hair dye in his temples and the Strange-esque facial hair in GOT. Looks exactly like him, plus he’s a brilliant and very underrated actor (the only role he’s played that wasn’t very fleshed out and performed brilliantly was his turn as the CIA guy who took Bane’s hood off at the start of TDKR).

  22. Apparently, SR hates me requesting Aiden Gillan as Doctor Strange while asking if this director really did confirm he wanted Luke Evans in the role on Twitter.

    • Luke Evans would be a great choice! With Derrickson’s horror background and if Doctor Strange will take a dark magical tone to it, Luke Evans would fit into everything smoothly!

  23. This is such an incredible news.

    I bet phase 3 will include many new properties, Ant-man, Strange, Inhuman, and most probably Ms. Marvel. What a good time to be a Marvel fan. This ever growing cinematic universe is amazing.

    Such a shame, the other one doesn’t want to follow their blueprint. Some say it doesn’t fit to produce individual films first then mesh it on team-up later on…. What a BS

    • Y’know, just because someone comes up with a way of doing something new doesn’t make their way the bible. Heck, even the bible isn’t really “The Bible”.

      By now it’s clear DC is building a world that more or less gathers many characters together first, & then have those individual characters branch out into their own properties. And if that model had been followed first, ppl would cry bloody murder if “The Other One” decided to do it differently.

      All we can do is be patient. DC’s plan will pay off, just not in the same way as Marvel. And I, for one, prefer to see it done differently. Generic isn’t always best.

    • Y’know, just because someone comes up with a way of doing something new doesn’t make their way the bible. Heck, even the bible isn’t really “The Bible”.

      By now it’s clear The Other One is building a world that more or less gathers many characters together first, & then have those individual characters branch out into their own properties. And if that model had been followed first, ppl would cry bloody murder if “The Other One” decided to do it differently.

      All we can do is be patient. DC’s plan will pay off, just not in the same way as Marvel. And I, for one, prefer to see it done differently. Generic isn’t always best.

    • Y’know, just because someone comes up with a way of doing something new doesn’t make their way the bible. Heck, even the bible isn’t really “The Bible”.

      By now it’s clear The Other One is building a world that more or less gathers many characters together first, & then have those individual characters branch out into their own properties. And if that model had been followed first, ppl would cry bloody murder if “The Other One” decided to do it differently.

      All we can do is be patient. “Their” plan will pay off, just not in the same way as The Others. And I, for one, prefer to see it done differently. Generic isn’t always best.

  24. Not a bad choice for Director. I like it.

    But my first choices would be Sam Raimi, Guillermo Del Toro or even Peter Jackson would be great with the material, if he’s a fan of the character.

  25. It will be “Strange” if we don’t enjoy this movie. The Dread Dormammu is just around the corner!

  26. Ethan Hawke is Dr Strange

  27. Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

  28. I think it’s great that Marvel is going the route of “genre” films to showcase their characters and movies. I think most of us can agree that it makes the superhero movie genre that much better. That’s why the Wright / Ant Man parting stings. Hope this one goes the distance.

  29. Wouldn’t mind seeing Gary Oldman as Dr. Strange.