Marvel Studios Hiring Sci-Fi Writer Jon Spaihts to Write 'Dr. Strange'
by Alex Billington
June 19, 2014
We still don't know who is playing Dr. Strange yet, but this project is definitely coming together, and Marvel Studios is moving forward with Dr. Strange as their next franchise. It was announced just a few weeks ago that Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) would be directing Marvel's Dr. Strange movie, due out most likely sometime in 2016, but we still don't have any official names attached to the cast yet, despite early rumors. Deadline hints that Spaihts will be writing a new script, most likely giving us a fresh new take with a different approach. Uh, yes, please.
Here's the tweet from Jon Spaihts confirming his involvement and mentioning Dr. Strange as his favorite:
Doctor Strange was always my favorite Marvel hero. It's a good day. http://t.co/1hInjPWnbQ
— Jon Spaihts (@jonspaihts) June 18, 2014
For those who don't know, Marvel Comics' Doctor Strange follows 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. He becomes the "Sorcerer Supreme" and protects Earth against magical and mystical threats. Following up both The Avengers 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy, this should be dark and exciting. And I must say Spaihts is the perfect writer to pair with Derrickson and Marvel.
Screenwriter Jon Spaihts (who we interviewed back in 2012) is most well known for his work co-writing (or developing the original draft of) Prometheus for Ridley Scott. He's also credited on The Darkest Hour, however his best work is still unproduced: Passengers, a sci-fi in development with Keanu Reeves, as well as World War Robot and The Black Hole remake at Disney. Those who have read his scripts know that Spaihts is an incredibly talented sci-fi writer who brings so much depth and care to his writing, and I hope that will carry over into the Dr. Strange script, even with Marvel Studios. I'm sure it will; I have high hopes for this.