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Marvel Progressing With Doctor Strange
Script approved; director sought...

02 August 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Twitch

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Marvel Progressing With Doctor Strange

Gone are the days when Guillermo Del Toro was planning it as a collaboration with Neil Gaiman, but there's confirmation this morning that Marvel are still moving ahead with a movie based around Sorceror Supreme Doctor Strange.

Conan and Sahara writers Josh Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly have turned in their their long-awaited script to the House of M, and it's clearly been judged successful enough to be worth pursuing. The current word is that it's now out to a short-list of directors, one of whom will, obviously enough, "oversee continued development".

Stephen Strange is a key player in the Marvel universe, although he represents the slightly more esoteric magical and supernatural corners rather than the ones that deal with mutant superpowers and military super-armour. A surgeon whose hands were ruined in an accident, he turned to mysticism to compensate, and was good enough at it to become the world's first defence against demons and spectres and things that go bump in the night or even by daylight.

For a while there was talk of a series of Marvel short films to support the heavyweight Avengers-related strand, and Strange seemed to have been relegated to those; there was even a brief rumbling that PIxar might be involved. That plan appears now to have been back-burnered (or abandoned), and we're back in a world in which Dr Strange looks to be part of Marvel's full post-Avengers slate, perhaps arriving in 2013.

"He's one of the best characters we have," Marvel's Kevin Feige said a couple of years back. "He represents this fantastic cosmic universe that hasn't yet seen life on screen, and I think he'd be amazing to play with."

Watch this space for updates on who exactly will be playing with him, and in the meantime, give us your personal wish-lists in the comments below.

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RE: I await with interest...
Gordon-Levittood call, sir! More

Posted by raclements at 18:36 on 02 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Stephen Strange
L: OsGom Guy Pearce is clearly the best choice. eat me to it! Yes definitely. I've envisaged Pearce in this role for ages. More

Posted by Jayseph at 16:41 on 02 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Casting...
If they can do this for around $100million or under then ok but if not I don't see the point as it will have a much more limited appeal than other Super Heros as for who should star you've got to look for someone with a certain amount of arogance as was a surgeon before he had an accident that led him on this path. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:37 on 02 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Casting...
Bruce Campbell!! or failing that I thought that the guy who played Red Skull in Captain America might be a good shout, although his name escapes me right now! More

Posted by dougtherugg at 12:19 on 02 August 2011 | Report This Post

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