Earlier this month Marvel confirmed that Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) would be directing Dr Strange, a franchise starter which Marvel President Kevin Feige has been trying to get made for years.
The first script was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, but now Deadline is reporting that Jon Spaihts in in negotiations to do the first re-write for the film, and should he take the job he is expected the stick it out until the end.
Spaihts is probably best known for writing Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and it was his script which would have probably seen the film released with a much stronger certificate. Spaihts’ version had a lot more gore, and a lot more scares, which makes the fact he will re-write Dr Strange very exciting. It basically means one of horrors best current directors will be making a film scripted by a writer not afraid to push boundaries.
Spaihts is currently writing The Mummy for Universal, and previously wrote the rather rubbish sci-fi, The Darkest Hour.
Feige will produce the feature, and executive producers on the project are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Stephen Broussard.
The comicbook revolved around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”
Dr Strange is a former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the ability to use his hands. After exhausting every option to restore his health, Strange locates “the Ancient One” in the Himalayas who reluctantly teaches him the mystic arts. In comics, Doctor Stephen Strange is the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe. As such, he is the gateway to an aspect of Marvel comics stories that hasn’t really been explored on film in the current set of Marvel movies.
Casting Dr Strange is expected to begin shortly, but already names like Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch have been rumoured for the role, while it has also been reported that Jared Leto is officially on Marvel’s list.