Horror movie director Scott Derrickson has confirmed on his Twitter account to have been hired to direct the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Dr. Strange.
Derrickson is best known for The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister which were both box-office successes. This will be his first project involving a comic book character. While Dr. Strange is not well-known to the masses compared to Spider-Man, Captain America, or Wolverine, long-time Marvel fans are more than familiar with the story of Stephan Strange, the one-time neurosurgeon who loses his medical skills in a car accident only to receive powerful magic as a Sorcerer Supreme which he uses to protect Earth from mystical threats.
The character originally appeared in Marvel’s Strange Tales in 1963. Since then, he has mainly been a minor character in the Marvel Universe but has gained a loyal following with his ever presence in other stories featuring the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the occasional team-up with Spider-Man. He has also has had cameos in a number of Marvel animated shorts and even his own animated feature film in 2007. The first “live-action” version of Dr. Strange was produced in 1978 in a made-for-TV movie on CBS.
Marvel President Kevin Feige has gone on record he would like to see the Dr. Strange movie show to elements of Miyazaki (we are guessing in reference to Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away), the Matrix, and the late Stanley Kubrick.
At this time, no actors have been cast or script written.