Marvel Hires Writers For Dr. Strange Movie; Patrick Dempsey Interested? [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am,

dr strange movie writers Marvel Hires Writers For Dr. Strange Movie; Patrick Dempsey Interested? [Updated]

[Updated: Is Patrick Dempsey interested in playing Dr. Strange? Read On!]

This morning we reported on the rumor that Marvel Studios is looking at the idea of introducing some of their lesser known characters through short films that would be attached to the theatrical releases of their blockbuster tentpole features. The plan would allow for unknown-to-the-mainstream secondary characters to debut to a large built-in audience, and Marvel could gauge response to see whether or not they want to make full-length movies for those respective characters.

Characters that come to minds of fans are the obvious choices who have popped up in interviews and speculation over the years. These include Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, and strangely enough, one of these characters may already be on their way to getting a solo movie. Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios has finally hired writers to pen the script for Dr. Strange!

Marvel has selected Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write the screenplay for the Dr. Strange adaptation and they come with plenty of recent experience. Donnelly and Oppenheimer penned the script for Marcus Nispel’s Conan which just finished production as well as the adaptation of the Uncharted video game movie. They also wrote a draft for Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens. Their experience in writing in the genres of comics, video games and epics – all involving action and some involving supernatural elements – lends itself well to a Dr. Strange story.

Dr. Strange has been a character made clear by the folks at Marvel as a property of interest and in the talk surrounding the production of Thor, it was hoped that the movie about the Asgardian God of Thunder could help open the door (and the minds of mainstream audiences) to the themes of mysticism and magic, so a character like Dr. Strange could get his feature film treatment.

Dr. Strange may be a tough sell on his own so I wouldn’t doubt that there would be cross-overs and cameos with Marvel’s line-up of films. Then again, it’s a likely possibility that the Disney-owned Marvel Studios may put into production small-budget films based on their more obscure characters such as Strange, so it may not be that much of a risk depending on the profile of the cast members and the budget.

Update: Speaking of the cast, Bleeding Cool is reporting that Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) is interested in playing Dr. Strange, and artist Arne Starr seconds that motion, whipping up a faux promo poster of Dempsey as Doc Strange, which reportedly put the actor on Marvel’s radar for the part.

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We’ll check into this a little bit further and then get back to you – in the meantime, start asking yourself “Would McDreamy make a good Doctor Strange?

There’s also the idea of a Defenders movie which would have Dr. Strange lead and fight alongside other key members of the Marvel Universe, many of which are Avengers members, to combat mystic and supernatural threats. The Defenders were never an official team and its members continuously changed based on the enemy and situation. Such a movie could include the likes of Hulk or Thor and act as a spin-off to The Avengers.

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Dr. Strange and the Defenders

It’s clear that Marvel is looking ahead long-term as word on the street points to a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie being made after The Avengers and other reports indicate that Marvel is in talks with a “notable Hollywood star” about the Luke Cage character. We also know that Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) has been hired to direct the Runaways movie based off a script by Drew Pearce and we can’t forget about Edgar Wright’s long-gestating Ant-Man movie.

It’s an exciting time to be a Marvel fan and there’s plenty to look forward to.

What do you think about the prospect of a Dr. Strange movie?

Follow us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant and let us know your thoughts.

Iron Man 2 is currently in theaters everywhere; Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. We’ll find out what comes next at San Diego Comic-Con next month!

Source: Deadline

Updated Sources: Bleeding Cool & Arne Starr Artwork

Header image edited from Dr. Strange art by YamaO.

Marvel Adventures Hulk #8 cover by Juan Roman cano Santacruz.

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  1. Am I a Tibetan Monk, or Voudoun Priest et.,no but I do study about. And in my travels to Cuba,& Lagos,Nigeria. I’ve talked with people who practice The Lucumi,Yoruba and what may also be called Santeria in Latin America(mostly the Caribbean) I’ve seen and done some remarkable things and these people knew very personal things about me at the deepest levels that no one else knew. Like I said if you don’t believe in mysticism or spiritual disciplines and it’s incredible abilities that’s because you have not personally experienced it which is ok. But you can’t compare dragons,fairies, etc.,to THIS because there literally 1000′s of places and people in the world where it is done on a daily basis. You just need to travel and not just around the corner or to Barnes & Noble.

  2. Ok this is just becoming annoying now. I’ll leave you alone to your with your comical craziness.

  3. Man…. Daniel F, you cant placate the situation by saying something to the effect of “to each his own” Ulik and Aknot stated that your opinions are valid(for you) and this whole thing is about mutual respect. Im certain because of our own previous encounters that the true breathe of this not that they can’t suspend or differentiate reality. hmmm seems simple to me. But hey, “to each his own.”

  4. I will tell you this. Movie will be a joke with Dempsey. AVI Arad should pay Johnny Depp any amount to do this film!!! It will work.

  5. Sacha Baron Cohen i think would be a good Dr. strange (from Hugo, not Borat)

  6. I have been a Dr. Strange fan my entire life! I’ve hoped that they would make a movie that would do him justice. He deserves the same quality as the other excellent Marvel movies! No offense to Patrick Dempsey, but I think he would be horrible as Dr. Strange! I’ve always thought that Johnny Depp would be great. Daniel Day-Lewis would be great as well, but that would probably never happen! If del Toro directs, hopefully he will use good judgment in casting!

  7. I have been a Dr. Strange fan my entire life! I’ve hoped they would make a movie that would do him justice. He deserves the same quality as the other excellent Marvel movies! No offense to Patrick Dempsey, but I think he would be horrible as Dr. Strange! I’ve always thought that Johnny Depp would be great. Daniel Day-Lewis would be great as well, but that would probably never happen! If del Toro directs, hopefully he will use good judgment in casting!

  8. Wrong guy….Eric Dane as Dr Strange