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Exclusive: Del Toro To Make Dr Strange?
Plus, the director talks The Hobbit

08 February 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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Guillermo Del Toro is directing pretty much every film coming out between now and 2017. We sat down with him recently to talk through all the potential projects on his slate, including The Hobbit, At The Mountains of Madness and 3993 (to read about all those projects click here). He also told us that he's flirting with the possibility of bringing another comic book hero to the screen, in the shape of Marvel's Dr Strange.

Less well known than the likes of Hulk and Iron Man, Dr Strange is a Sorcerer Supreme, who does battle with evil magicians and supernatural foes, while wearing a very silly outfit. He's got a strange, sinister air that would be right up Del Toro's street.

"I talked with Neil Gaiman [about writing it]," he tells us. "I said, that’s an interesting character because you can definitely make him more in the pulpy occult detective/magician mould and formula than was done in the Weird Tales, for example...the idea of a character that really dabbles in the occult in a way that’s not X-Filey, where the supernatural is taken for granted. That’s interesting...But I wouldn't use the suit!"

Comic book geeks will remember, of course, that Dr Strange played quite an important role in Gaiman's Elizabethan twist on the Marvel universe, 1602, making him a good choice of screenwriter for this. Of course, the Hellboy 2 director has a ton of projects on his dance card before he can think about getting to this.

To read his thoughts on The Hobbit, Frankenstein and more, read our exclusive interview here.

To see the first instalment of our exclusive video set visit to Hellboy II, click here.

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Dr Strangeus Pt 2
Here's some good clips of Dr Orpheus http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WcwRiSl0Ay0 Hope you enjoy! More

Posted by DeadBelushi at 02:31 on 12 February 2008 | Report This Post

Dr Strangeus
Excellent that that this film will be made!!! Though I can't help always thinking of Dr Orpheus from The Venture Brothers now, every time I see Dr Strange. If you don't know the character, look him up or watch that show. Brilliant!!! More

Posted by DeadBelushi at 02:19 on 12 February 2008 | Report This Post

I would love to see this. Dr Strange would be quite different to all your recent OTT comic book blockbusters. (which I still love). Imagine some thing dark and slightly sinister like Pans labyrinth but with some kick ass hellboy style action. Excuse me while I change my pants! More

Posted by OldGregg at 21:56 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

The Best in da biz
I'm really happy that he's gonna direct The Hobbit..If P.Jackson is not gonna direct, I only got 2 guys in my mind, him or George Lucas..On the other hand, I think he will do well inDr. Strange..Blade 2 and Hellboy rock big time so this will be no problem.. More

Posted by TheHunkIsSprunk at 04:13 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Empire should have a weekly Del Toro update page. I think from a bussiness sense if he made the Hobbit there would be a lot more leeway to do other projets. Dr Strange isn't something I think he would undertake after doing Hellboy... More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 21:10 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

By complete coincidence I have just finished (30mins ago) re-watching Jonathan Ross's 'In search of Steve Kitko' which features both Dr Strange and Neil Gaiman who is clearly a huge fan, so he would make a very good choice to write. Del Toro woulds certainly be one obvious choice to direct. More

Posted by enemysprout at 15:06 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

I have mixed feelings about this. I am a big fan of a little movie called Doctor Mordrid that was originally based on Dr Strange before they lost the rights. It's by no means a great movie but I am very partial to it. I think Del Toro is a brilliant director and could really show a different, darker side to the character that does appeal to me though. Meanwhile, bring on Mountains of Madness! :) More

Posted by PythonFan at 14:41 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fresh twist on a superhero
Interesting choice. Not sure though. I would prefere Brosnan from the two Irish Seraphim stars. But are they too old? For the origin he needs to be closer to late 30's / early 40's, i'm thinkin. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 14:28 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

Fresh twist on a superhero
Dr.Strange is a curiosity and something very different to your average superhero and potentially very intriguing. Liam Neeson maybe as the Doc? More

Posted by Big Braveheart at 13:33 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Yeah, but you've gotta admit, he get 'em done. The guys like a barmy talented movie assembly line (bare in mind he writes them and does the production design too). He moves from one straight to the next. Theres nothing wrong with lining up your projects. I thought he wasn't doing a Harry Potter flick cause his mate did instead. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 13:23 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

Wow Del Toro doing another movie. If only he would commit to one so everyone else knew what to expect from him. He's a great director but I'm getting a bit tired of seeing him attached to every film under the sun. There are other visually strong directors out there. More

Posted by SorryIndy at 10:51 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Del Toro To Make Dr Strange?
This should be bloody cool. Imagine a Pulp Noir with a seriously buggered up Psychedelic half. The suits not all that odd though. Depending on which ones you read, its pretty much a taylored suit and waste-coat / tunic with an OTT cape. Now who would make a good Doc Strange? He was originally based on Vincent Pryce. Pierce Brosnan (think Mars Attacks) with a tach? Johnny Depp. Nah. Jason Issacs. Yeah! Jason bloody Issacs! Cool. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:44 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Del Toro To Make Dr Strange?
Exactly how many projects is Del Toro supposedly doing in the next couple of years? 254?  More

Posted by Kazuya at 00:02 on 09 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: but...
Wow, it would be fine with me if he dropped everything else and went straight to Dr. Strange. That's a fantastic idea. A high-grossing superhero movie could earn him a bigger budget for his dream Lovecraft project, which I'm also dying to see. More

Posted by cold_one at 20:49 on 08 February 2008 | Report This Post

but...
but wat abt harry potter 7??? i was well excited abt idea that del toro may do the last harry potter........ wat happend to that idea???? More

Posted by billythekid at 20:39 on 08 February 2008 | Report This Post

possibly, maybe?
i just don't know. it sounds superb on paper-del toro's cinematography and art direction would fit the character like a glove-and gaiman's not only a brilliant novelist but a great comic book writer and now an experienced screenwriter; it could be a master cocktail of creative minds. however, i'm debating whether dr strange can hold his own in hollywood. he, along with his fanbase, have always been a little more on the outside of the marvel spectrum and they would need to show his loner-like cha More

Posted by astoroth at 20:29 on 08 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: hmmm
L: jonny-w his other superhero film is Hellboy which wasn't great, and the only reason the sequel looks good is because he's completely ignoring the comics and doing whatever the hell he likes with it. much rather see him giving us more of his own original stuff... and the hobbit. sp; Actually the sequel seems to be embracing the whole forklore aspect of Hellboy which has made the best stories from the comics.   Dr Strange is one of those characters who works best as a suppor More

Posted by sanchia at 20:03 on 08 February 2008 | Report This Post

Make up your mind Del Toro!
Dr. Strange, Tarzan, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Frankenstein... This guy is talented, but he has a really short attention span. I would love to see his takes on many of these stories, but I am getting a bit impatient really. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 19:22 on 08 February 2008 | Report This Post

hmmm
his other superhero film is Hellboy which wasn't great, and the only reason the sequel looks good is because he's completely ignoring the comics and doing whatever the hell he likes with it. much rather see him giving us more of his own original stuff... and the hobbit. More

Posted by jonny-w at 18:58 on 08 February 2008 | Report This Post

Dr. Lame
Not interested. More

Posted by H is the greatest at 18:48 on 08 February 2008 | Report This Post


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