'Sinister' Director Scott Derrickson in Talks for Marvel's 'Dr. Strange'
Marvel may not have a director locked down to take over Ant-Man after Edgar Wright left the project last month, but they've got someone to take on another Phase Three title in their cinematic universe. Variety has word that The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson is currently in talks to be at the helm of the occult Marvel film with a deal expected to close shortly. Derrickson wasn't on the shortlist revealed this past February, so this is a bit of a surprise, but perhaps the filmmaker's work on Deliver Us from Evil (coming this summer) was enough to get Marvel to hire the director for this bold adaptation.
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, so much like Guardians of the Galaxy, it will be new territory.
Those with keen ears will have heard the character reference in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and we've known this project was coming for awhile. This one is even more bold than something like Guardians of the Galaxy or Ant-Man, because in addition to being a lesser known Marvel character, this dives into territory that we haven't seen much of in the Marvel universe like magic. Now the next move will be to cast someone in the lead with Johnny Depp serving as one rumored possibility, though no fronrtunner has been named. Either way, this is a great move by Marvel, because Derrickson is quite gifted behind the camera.
My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014
Update! - Scott Derrickson tweeted that image above after the news was announced to mark the occasion.