Jonathan Levine & More on Marvel's Shortlist to Direct 'Doctor Strange'
Right now director Edgar Wright is deep in pre-production preparing to shoot Ant-Man, but Marvel is also trying to line up another director for one of their other Phase Three films. THR has word that the comic book studio is trying to figure out who will direct Doctor Strange, the gestating film about a once brilliant neurosurgeon forced into retirement after a car accident destroys his once skilled hands. A trip to the Himalayas for a hopeful cure led him to be trained by a Tibetan sorcerer to hone in on psychic powers and mystical abilities, giving him the amazing mind powers to battle powerful villains. So who all is up to direct?
As of now, the list includes Pixar's Brave director Mark Andrews, A Royal Affair helmer Nikolaj Arcel, Welcome to Yesterday director Dean Israelite, or Warm Bodies and 50/50 filmmaker Jonathan Levine. In addition, Marvel has also met with Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, the scribes behind Kung Fu Panda, to write the script. There's no indicator of who might be a frontrunner, but the studio is keen on getting a writer and director who will work together, or maybe even a filmmaker who can write and direct.
Either way, this film faces a challenge of blending the mystical powers of Doctor Strange with the more grounded aspects of The Avengers and the team's individual heroes. Of course, the forthcoming out of this world Guardians of the Galaxy might help push audiences in that direction since there will be a lot of odd aliens and cosmic action. And the right star could help everything as well. The most recent rumor pegged Johnny Depp for the role, and he wouldn't be a bad fit, especially with his good relationship at Disney. We'll keep you posted as the project develops. Who do you want to direct?