Marvel's long gestating Doctor Strange movie is finally taking shape--ready to take its place within the Cinematic Universe.
Now part of the studio's phase three or four plans--Created in 1963 in the comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
--Doctor Strange tells the story of an arrogant surgeon who is
injured in a car accident and goes on to become the Sorcerer Supreme
of the universe. Using his magical powers Strange protects the earth
from attacks from other realms.
The recently hired Scott Derrickson was first reported in contention for the director job earlier this year, along with names like Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies") and Mark Andrews ("Brave").
"Kung Fu Panda" scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger were said to be poised to pen a recent screenplay draft. Back in January 2012, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer-the writing duo behind the recent remake of Conan the Barbarian had their work seemingly approved by the studio. Just yesterday we learned that Jon Spaihts, best known for writing the early and more "Alien"-inspired drafts of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is in talks to rewrite the script. The tone of the film will be similar to that of "Iron Man".
Devin Faraci of Badass Digest has spoke to Meet The Movie Press about Spaiht's script and how it differs from the previous drafts:
"So, for Dr. Strange they've had a script in-house
forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It's
got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That's all gone. Marvel's new thing is
no more origin stories.So, Dr. Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins in medias
res. It has Dr. Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme. It
is a totally new script. Jon Spaihts is working totally new, On his own,
without any of the previous stuff. Not even touching the previous
Actor/writer Justin Theroux ("Mulholland Drive," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"), Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton were mentioned for the lead as well. "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the last actor in the mix before Johnny Depp's name was mentioned
Depp is said to have had a meeting "to discuss taking on the role of Dr. Strange." His strong ties to Disney, Marvel's owners, makes him an ideal candidate
On the heels of the director potentials Bleeding Cool reported that: "According to one pretty solid Marvel-adjacent source, Mads Mikkelsen apparently is, or has been, somewhere in the mix for the film's early casting discussions."
Deadline had Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch
hovering over the pic recently--The main issue for both actors is
scheduling..They already have various commitments elsewhere. Both of
them starred together in 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," remake and the 2007 telemovie "Stuart: A Life Backwards" Badass Digest reported that recent Oscar winner Jared Leto is (or was) being eyed to play the lead. The Wrap had Joaquin Phoenix is in talks for the lead role late last week
Edgar Ramirez has been mentioned as well---possibly playing bad guy Mordo.
no specific release date for "Doctor Strange," yet it will likely take
one of the slots that the studio has staked out-recently Production on the film is expected to get underway next year.