Scott Derrickson to Direct Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' (Exclusive)
Never mind the Ant-Man director drama. Marvel Studios has found its helmer to bring superhero Doctor Strange to the big screen, with Scott Derrickson signing on to direct the Marvel feature.
Doctor Strange, who made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe more than 50 years ago, in 1963, is a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme -- the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. The character was first created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the pages of Strange Tales No. 110.
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Though Marvel's Ant-Man hit a few snags over the past month when director Edgar Wright exited the project and then his potential replacement Adam McKay dropped out of talks, the studio is moving full stream ahead on Doctor Strange. Marvel also is looking to hire a writer for Doctor Strange, and Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are said to be in the mix.
Derrickson wrote and directed the upcoming Screen Gems thriller Deliver Us From Evil, starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn, which opens July 2. He also wrote, directed and executive produced the hit microbudget horror film Sinister for Summit Entertainment and Blumhouse Prods., and will write and produce the upcoming sequel Sinister 2. He also wrote and directed the Screen Gems supernatural horror feature The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which became a breakout for the studio, earning $144 million worldwide.
Derrickson also has worked in the arena of big-budget films, having directed The Day the Earth Stood Still remake for 20th Century Fox.
Derrickson is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and attorneys P.J. Shapiro and Matt Johnson.
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