Jonathan Levine & More on Marvel's Shortlist to Direct 'Doctor Strange'

February 20, 2014
Source: THR

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?

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  • W.
    Aunty Julia. I want Aunty Julia to direct it from her new VW Beetle convertible.
  • W.
    But seriously, it would be nice to see some new directors to the comic book genre. Nikolaj Arcel is an exciting idea.
  • Mr__Wu
    I hear that when you die and go to h e l l, the devil forces you to watch Marvel movies on a continuous loop.
  • Django9000
    Having seen the Wackness alone, I think Levine'd be a great pick. He understands how to depict New York City on screen, and as many know, the other most consistent & ever present character in the Marvel U. - aside from Stan Lee - is the city of New York. (even Tony Stark relocated there for Avengers.) As Strange's base of operations, I approve.
  • shane willett
    yeah Levine would be okay. it's just he should be a little older than any cast yet in Marvel universe, Strange was alot older than most heroes.. like late 40's early 50's




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