Scott Derrickson Talks “Doctor Strange” Hiring

Out doing press for the supernatural thriller “Deliver Us from Evil,” filmmaker Scott Derrickson has finally spoken about his recent hiring as the director for Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Doctor Strange” film. Derrickson wouldn’t discuss casting but did comment on public reaction thus far, telling JoBlo:

“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.”

Best known for horror films, Derrickson says his hiring makes sense as he’s a big fan of the character and he pursued the film “more than any other project that I’ve gone after”. He goes on to say:

“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.”