Well, despite the Ant-Man problem, Marvel Studios is moving ahead with a Doctor Strange movie, long rumored, and said by studio head Kevin Feige to be HIS dream super hero. A director has been tapped, Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister among other things.
Derrickson has been a rising star that Hollywood has been chasing for their big projects after the success of his horror pic “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” which earned $144 million at the worldwide box office.
He followed that up with another horror pic, “Sinister,” which overperformed at the box office and helped gained the attention of Hollywood. With execs always looking for directors that can pull the most out of their budgets, Derrickson is a very attractive talent, with both “Sinister” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” costing less than $20 million but bringing in more than double that in profits.
I am super in favor of a Doctor Strange movie that looks like the art at the top of this post. Derrickson, while a hot property for his horror-tinged films, also fits the bill for the kind of directors that Marvel is most comfortable working with: the kind of guy you meet at a party and who says he’s a filmmaker and he’s repped by WME and he has this thing in development, and then a few years later he has a film out and that’s great, then you see him at that barbecue and once you nearly ran over him when you were pulling out of The Grove when he was coming out of Starbucks. You know, that kind of guy. Probably best if they stick with this type.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.