Derrickson To Direct Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”

It appears we have a director for Marvel’s upcoming “Doctor Strange” movie, indicating the film will likely be one of the studio’s Phase Three films.

Filmmaker Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still”) has confirmed on Twitter that he will take the helm of the film as his next project. Derrickson most recently filmed the Eric Bana-led supernatural thriller “Deliver Us From Evil” which opens July 2nd.

Derrickson was first reported being in contention earlier this year, and it looks like he’s won the gig ahead of the other rumored names like Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”) and Mark Andrews (“Brave”).

In the comics, the character is a self-centred New York surgeon robbed of his skills after a car accident. He soon finds his way to a healer in the Himalayas where he learned to tap into psychic powers to battle evil wizards and other wrongdoers.

‘Strange’ is a tricky beast to introduce into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Thor” had the unenviable job of bringing the outer space sci-fi elements into the mix which it did successfully. ‘Strange’ has to introduce the other side of the equation – supernatural/mystical elements.

There’s no specific release date for “Doctor Strange,” but it will likely take one of the slots Marvel currently has earmarked out on July 8th 2016 and May 5th 2017.