Screen Daily have revealed that Marvel and Disney studios will once again be heading to the UK, this time to shoot director Scott Derrickson’s Dr Strange. A possible release date has also been revealed.
Per Screen Daily:
Marvel Studios is in advanced negotiations to shoot upcoming superhero film Doctor Strange at Pinewood-Shepperton, ScreenDaily understands.
Preparations on the ground are already in motion with crew being assembled for a move into Shepperton in late 2014/early 2015.
A tentative shoot date has been mooted for May 2015 with Marvel having reportedly dated the film’s release for July 8, 2016.
The deal would reinforce the strong ties between Pinewood, Marvel and parent company Disney, with the US studio’s Star Wars VII currently shooting at Pinewood, Avengers: Age of Ultron recently wrapping at Shepperton and Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass still in production at the same venue.
Marvel’s Ant-Man is currently shooting at Pinewood’s new Atlanta studios in the US.
The report says no one from Marvel our Pinewood were available for comment.
The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, with Jon Spaihts writing the latest script, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson.
Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly entered talks to star in the film as Dr Strange.
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.