Although Ant-Man is in preproduction and Guardians of the Galaxy has taken its first steps towards its release, Marvel Comics is reportedly seeking to hire a director for its next hit, Doctor Strange. The character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963 first appeared in Strange Tales Number 110 of the same year, but Marvel president Kevin Feige told MTV in 2008 that Doctor Strange was on the studio’s to-do list. Six years later, The Hollywood Reporter states that the company’s executives are discussing the next blockbuster with directors Jonathan Levine, Mark Andrews, Nikolaj Arcel and Dean Israelite.
Marvel Comics has decided to instill life into Doctor Strange, a selfish and arrogant neurosurgeon and the studio is reportedly set to hire a director for its next hit. However, even though certain rumors bet on Joseph Gordon Levitt to impersonate the protector of the planet against magical and mystical threats and others claim that Hannibal star Mads Mikkelson is courted by Marvel Comics, the director could potentially change everything, including the portrayal of the main character.
According to the comic book, Doctor Strange is a neurosurgeon whose hands are greatly damaged in a car accident. After trying all the conventional healing methods, he travels to the Himalayas and finds the Ancient One, the Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme, whom he saves from the power-hungry follower Baron Mordo. As a result, Strange becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
The Studio’s Finalists
Marvel Comics is reportedly ready to hire a director for its next hit, Doctor Strange and rumor has it that the finalists are Jonathan Levine, Mark Andrews, Nikolaj Arcel and Dean Israelite.
Jonathan Levine, best known for 50/50 is, according to MTV, the number one choice of the studio, especially since he has been working with Joseph Gordon Levitt, an actor who has supposedly been intensely courted by Marvel Comics for different roles. At the opposite side is Dean Israelite, whose only full-length feature is the upcoming Welcome to Yesterday. The advantage may be that the popular Jonathan Liebesman, who directed Wrath of the Titans and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is Israelite’s cousin and could give him a helping hand.
Nikolaj Arcel wrote and directed 2013’s best foreign film Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, but one disadvantage is his directorial role in Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ Fables, which could spur conflict of interest. The last person Marvel Comics is taking into consideration as Doctor Strange’s director is Mark Andrews, who co-wrote and co-directed Disney Pixar’s Brave.
Shopping for a Writer
The studio is not only shopping for a director, but also for a writer; an original draft was sketched years ago by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, but even though Marvel Comics has not stated whether it will be used or not, there are rumors which state that Kung Fu Panda’s writers Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are courted by the studio.
Irrespective of the studio’s directorial choice, the third phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is making way for new characters like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. After Guardians of the Galaxy’s first trailer rapidly became a sound success and Ant-Man release day is just around the corner, Marvel Comics is now reportedly hiring a director for its next hit, Doctor Strange.
By Gabriela Motroc