Report: Scott Derrickson Added to DOCTOR STRANGE Short List; Mark Andrews Addresses Rumors
In case you’ve forgotten, Marvel is still actively working on a film based on the master of magic Doctor Strange. We’ve heard numerous rumors in regards to casting, which has included Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen and mega-star Johnny Depp. Of course, the studio is staying tight-lipped about everything, so we have no way of confirming any of the rumors we’ve seen surface. The most recent bit of news was that Marvel has a short list of directors they are considering handing the reigns of the good doctor to. This list consisted of Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israleite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Johnathan Levine (Warm Bodies). A rather eclectic and random list to be sure.
It looks like we may be able to add another name to that short list as Borys Kit, of Heat Vision, reports that Scott Derrickson, the man behind Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, is also being eyed for the job. As odd as that name sounds, I think it may be a good idea to tap a horror guy to tackle a job like Doctor Strange. Derrickson is also responsible for the screenplay for the upcoming Devil’s Knot. Kit also tweeted that Mark Andrews and Johnathan Levine were still on that short list. No word on Arcel or Israelite.
Speaking of Mark Andrews, he was recently asked about being on this short list of directors, and whether he could address those rumors. His reply was a simple “Nope!” It’s a short, but rather telling reply. Is it possible that he could be more than just “on the short list”? On the flip side, Marvel is very strict in regards to non-disclosure agreements, so he isn’t going to talk either way. So, Doctor Strange fans, is there a particular director you’d like to see get the job? My dream choice would be Guillermo Del Toro, but that just isn’t going to happen. If I had to pick one from this list, I’d actually go with Derrickson, I’ve really enjoyed most of his films and he’d certainly bring a new approach to the Marvel universe.
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