Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson recently spoke with Joblo about bringing the Sorceror Supreme to the big screen.
Derrickson revealed that he’s a huge fan of the character:
“I think when you consider the work that I’ve done it makes sense that he’d be my favorite comic book character, at least in the Marvel universe. Probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I’m suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and the story and the ambition of those comics, especially the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko ‘Strange Tales’ – I think those are my favorite of all of them. The entire history of the comics is extraordinary.”
The director then talks about how bad he wanted the gig:
“I wanted it really bad. More than any other project that I’ve gone after, I felt compelled to do everything in my power to get on that project. Genuinely felt like I was the right guy to do it.”
He goes on to discuss reactions to him to both him and Doctor Strange:
“I think the nicest surprise for me, the most unexpected surprise, is the positive reaction. Both to me getting the film – I guess I expected the detractors, and they just haven’t been there, it’s all been quite positive. More than that, it’s just the general enthusiasm for Doctor Strange. I think people who know the comic world and the Marvel universe, they all feel the same way I do, which is, ‘This is the Marvel movie we’re all ready to see now.’ This movie needs to exist. The outpouring of excitement that people have shown is the thing I’ve been most pleasantly surprised.”
If his past work is any indication he’s a great choice. Then add to that that he loves the character and has confidence in himself and Doctor Strange could very well be the hit we expect it to be.
The only names we’ve heard on the short list for the role of Strange so far are Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, and Jared Leto.
Jon Spaihts is in negotiations to rewrite the screenplay. The first draft of the script was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created the character in 1963 as brilliant neurosurgeon who, following a car accident loses precision in his hands. His quest to regain his former skills sets Strange on a path to become the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats, with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.
Although no release date for Doctor Strange has been announced, Marvel has two placeholder dates set for unknown projects on July 8th, 2016 and on May 5th, 2017.