Doctor Strange reportedly has a director, meaning the movie also apparently has an official spot on Marvel Studios’ upcoming features list.
Scott Derrickson will direct the movie for Marvel Studios, according to reports by Variety and THR. The director of this summer’s Deliver Us from Evil and previous films The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister, two low-budget horror films that hit it big at the box office, has reportedly signed on despite the fact that Marvel Studios hasn’t yet hired a writer for the film.
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963’s Strange Tales #110, Dr. Strange has long been a name listed for a Marvel Studios feature film, with studio president Kevin Feige doing everything he can over the last several months to say the movie is in active production without actually saying those words. The Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Stephen Strange uses the mystic arts to fight all manner of villains, frequently teaming up with, or being a member of, various Avengers lineups. After years of hints and teases by Feige, the character’s name was explicitly mentioned during Captain America: The Winter Soldier, giving him a firm place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Meanwhile, there is still no new director hired for what is still currently the next Marvel Studios on the roadmap post-Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man. Director and writer Edgar Wright left the project over creative differences, and Adam McKay had the job offer but didn’t take it due to scheduling conflicts.
Marvel Studios has not officially announced nor commented on reported Derrickson’s hiring. However, the director did confirm the job himself on his verified twitter account, saying, "My next movie will be STRANGE" accompanied by a picture of him holding a copy of Doctor Strange #58.
My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014