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"The funny thing about the internet is you can have rumors go on about possible jobs, and possible things that you have no idea," Jon Hamm told Digital Spy when they asked about rumors that he was in contention to play Stephen Strange. "Maybe, I don't know. It's funny when the internet knows more about you than you do, but maybe they've been talking to someone at Marvel. I certainly wasn't approached about it, but I do like Dr. Strange. He's a cool character." For the record, Jon Hamm's name popped up for Doctor Strange only once and it was from an unreliable source back in January. There have since been others linked to the Scott Derrickson-directed project, but as of July, Marvel is currently in hot pursuit of three-time Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix, who reportedly is "strongly" considering the offer. What do you think? »
Currently on the set of Sinister 2, before he heads off to direct Marvel's Doctor Strange (and you won't be surprised to hear that's a movie that we couldn't explore in this interview), he spared us time for a chat about what he's done, and what he's up to. Without further ado...
Welcome to the world of international staggered release dates! We get Deliver Us From Evil this week in the UK, whereas it had a July 4th weekend release in the Us. It seems to me that it's a more natural fit over here than there.
How much control »
After Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, director Scott Derrickson returns to tingle more spines with this supernatural chiller based on the accounts of New York cop-turned-occultist Ralph Sarchie. Eric Bana plays the streetwise officer who is forced to put skepticism aside after making an unholy connection between a series of disturbing calls. Unable to explain what he's seeing, Sarchie hooks up with a young priest (Edgar Ramirez) who convinces him that the offenders are merely the vessels of darker forces »
Director: Scott Derrickson
Running Time: 118 minutes.
Synopsis: NYPD detective Ralph Sarchie (Bana) stumbles across a series of cases which all seem linked. As things appear to become stranger and stranger, Sarchie must confront the fact that perhaps these cases have a supernatural link.
When the trailer for Deliver Us From Evil hit, it came across as a cop procedural with elements of an exorcism film. Fortunately, the film earns its SE7EN meets The Exorcist comparisons by offering up a very tight and sinister film which effortlessly mixes genres throughout.
The first point to discuss concerning Deliver Us From Evil is the age-old “based on a true story” set-up. Cleverly, the film changes this to “based on accounts”, which seems to wash the film’s hands of any responsibility and even opens the door for much unexpected humour. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It’s another film involving an exorcism; something that writer-director Scott Derrickson is passionate about, having penned and directed none other than The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and the relatively comparable horror Sinister. The problem with dealing with the same supernatural subject matter, is Derrickson gets compared with his last demon-exercising flick, creating a rod for his back in having to up his game. Sadly, it’s not enough in this day and age to throw out the usual moniker “based on a true story” because it currently feels like every scary movie is. However, Derrickson has tried something a little different by blending the cop and horror genres and positioned the ever solid Eric Bana as the lead.
Based on real-life cop/occult investigator Ralph Sarchie’s accounts, Bana is Sarchie, the NYPD cop, too. Things get a whole lot sinister for father-of-one Sarchie after a dead baby is »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
★★☆☆☆The bible has long served as one of the great repositories of supernatural folklore in western culture. It raises its head again in Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us from Evil (2014), where a series of ominous ruminations about faith and the enduring battle between good and evil becomes curiously combined with the pseudo-spiritual music of The Doors. The director of 2012's hit Sinister arrives well-equipped with an intuitive sense of genre-specific trickery, yet this heavily derivative psychological horror ultimately fails to add depth and character to a disappointing mélange of predictable jumps and scares. Though omitting the found footage formula this time around, stylistically Derrickson's latest still lacks invention.
- CineVue UK
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August 2014….
The Expendables 3 failed to topple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the U.S. box office this past weekend, and despite an extra day of preview screenings, the aging action stars have proven no match for The Inbetweeners here in the UK.
The Expendables 3 opened in third place with £1,689,927, including £379k in previews – the lowest debut for the franchise to date. Meanwhile The Inbetweeners 2 followed up its impressive haul last weekend by adding another £4.3 million, pushing its haul to £22.37 million after just two weekends, while Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy held firm in second with £2.1 million.
The only other newcomer to crack the top ten this past weekend was the Simon Pegg-headlined Hector and the Search for Happiness, which disappointed down in ninth with just £240,222 (although it was an »
- Gary Collinson
In a recent Schmoes Know podcast, with guest star Devin Faraci from BadAssDigest, he let the fans of the Marvel community in on a little secret. Though it might be “the tiniest of scoops”, as Faraci states, it’s still a pretty big deal when it comes to the hardcore Marvelites, and he goes on to then discuss what we might expect, not just from Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, but all future Marvel adaptations of new characters.
Talking about how the Marvel stuff works, so Doctor Strange, they had a script in-house, forever, forever and ever, you might have even seen it. It’s been around forever, it’s a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange, it’s Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That’s all gone. Marvel’s new thing is no more origin stories. So Doctor Strange’s movie no longer has an origin.
So you might be wondering, »
- Matthew Ceo
(Cbr) - When Marvel's "Doctor Strange" finally arrives in theaters, don't expect to see a retelling of his journey from arrogant young surgeon to disciple of the Ancient One to Sorcerer Supreme. Although purported script details surfaced more than a year ago, tracing the Master of the Mystic Arts back to age 10, director Scott Derrickson's film is believed to have done away with all of that, at least in part because the studio is moving away from origin tales. That comes from Devin Faraci of Badass Digest in an appearance on the "Meet the Movie Press podcast." Around the 52-minute mark, he says: So, for "Doctor Strange" they’ve had a script in-house forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It's got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That's all gone. Marvel's new thing is no more origin stories. So, "Doctor Strange" movie no longer has an origin. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Director Scott Derrickson likes his horror movies. His latest film, Deliver Us From Evil, isn't strictly an outright horror, yet it builds on his success with Sinister, and makes unhidden gesticulations in the direction of The Exorcist for a start. But this isn't a tribute act, as instead, he's uncovered a story inspired by a real life account, which he's subsequently shaped into an interesting, bumpy, but generally effective piece of cinema.
It centres on Eric Bana's Sergeant Ralph Sarchie, a New York cop who's had his fair share of dark days. Married to the job, but with a wife and child back home, Sarchie finds himself called to investigate an event you could best describe as not normal. Along with his partner, played by Community's Joel McHale, »
25 years ago, Tim Burton showed people how it was done. His Batman, unlike almost every superhero movie that’s been released since, started with the character already in action. It was not an origin story. Sure it briefly explained how Bruce Wayne became Batman, but he’s Batman the entire movie. That’s radically different from Batman Begins, […]
- Germain Lussier
According to Devin Faraci, the editor of Badass Digest and the man responsible for a number of Star Wars: Episode VII spoilers last week, Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange will not include an origin story.
This, of course, has not been confirmed by Marvel or Disney at this time.
The screenplay will instead begin in 'the midst of things' with Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange already a superhero. Faraci explains that Marvel has had a screenplay for a very long time, which included Baron Mordo as the villain. But new screenwriter Jon Spaihts has thrown all previous drafts out, as Marvel plans to not make any more origin movies for it's upcoming characters as it heads into Phase Three.
Demonic possession is no laughing matter in Deliver Us From Evil, the 2014 horror thriller from director Scott Derrickson that is based on accounts from an actual NYPD sergeant. Deliver Us From Evil is next headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on an October 28 release date based on an updated listing at Amazon.com, just in time for Halloween.
Sony produced Deliver Us From Evil starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale for around $30 million and the film has gone to earn that same amount at the domestic box office. Worldwide ticket sales have reached $42.3 million.
I was anticipating Sony Pictures Home Entertainment formally announcing the home video debut of Deliver Us From Evil this morning after the release date appeared on Amazon over the weekend. It looks like the full announcement could take another week or more, and we'll be sure to pass along all the details once its out. »
It sounds like Marvel is looking to move away from origin stories and like we specifically won't be getting one in the Doctor Strange film that is being directed by Scott Derrickson. The news came from Badass Digest's Devin Faraci while he was a guest on Meet The Movie Press. This is exactly what he had to say about it:
"So, for Doctor Strange they've had a script in-house forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It's got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That's all gone. Marvel's new thing is no more origin stories. So, Doctor Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins in medias res. It has Doctor Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme. It is a totally new script. Jon Spaihts is working totally new, on his own, without any of the previous stuff. Not even touching the previous script. »
- Joey Paur
The Doctor Strange film will not be an origin story, it has been reported.
"So, for Doctor Strange they've had a script in-house forever," he said during a Meet the Movie Press interview. "It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It's got Baron Mordo as the bad guy.
"That's all gone. Marvel's new thing is no more origin stories. So, the Doctor Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins in medias res.
"It has Dr Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme. It is a totally new script. Jon Spaihts is working totally new, on his own, without any of the previous stuff. They're not even touching the previous script."
The lead »
Many expected Marvel to make a big announcement involving Doctor Strange at this year's Sdcc, but unfortunately it just didn't happen. In fact, besides casting rumors like this one, there hasn't been a lot of news about the project since it was announced Scott Derrickson will be directing the film from a script by Jon Spaihts. Devin Faraci from Badass Digest recently appeared on Meet the Movie Press, and he says Spaihts' script is quite different compared to »
- Jesse Giroux
Marvel had a screenplay for a "Doctor Strange" movie for several years. Then, in recent months they hired both Scott Derrickson ("Deliver Us From Evil") to direct and screenwriter Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus") to work on the script which was rumored to be starting over.
Appearing on Meet The Movie Press, Devin Faraci of Badass Digest has spoken a bit about Spaiht's script and how it differs from the previous one:
"So, for Dr. Strange they've had a script in-house forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It's got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That's all gone. Marvel's new thing is no more origin stories.
So, Dr. Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins in medias res. It has Dr. Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme. It is a totally new script. Jon Spaihts is working totally new, On his own, without any of the previous stuff. »
- Garth Franklin
According to Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, who recently appeared on the “Meet the Movie Press” podcast, Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange film will not be an origin story. Instead the film is supposedly “not going to be twenty-minutes of [Stephen Strange] being a doctor,” and will jump right into the character being the fully-formed Sorcerer Supreme.
Faraci states that at one point, the film was a traditional superhero origin story, but that’s all changed now that Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts is on board to rewrite the script previously penned by Sahara and Conan the Barbarian writer Joshua Oppenheimer.
“So, for Doctor Strange they’ve had a script in-house forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It’s got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That’s all gone. Marvel’s new thing is no more origin stories. So, Doctor Strange movie no longer has an origin. »
- James Garcia
"This is not going to be twenty-minutes of him being a doctor" - Devin Faraci Back in June and July of 2013, Latino Review posted a couple of breakdowns regarding the Dr. Strange script that was written by Joshua Oppenheimer in 2010. Since then, Marvel has changed their Dr. Strange movie plans. They've recently hired Scott Derrickson ("Deliver Us From Evil") to direct it and hired screenwriter Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus") to work on the screenplay. Devin Faraci of Badass Digest appeared on Meet The Movie Press alongside Mark Reilly and Jeff Sneider. There, he revealed, Dr. Strange is not an origin story. "So, for Dr. Strange they've had a script in-house forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It's got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That's all gone. Marvel's new thing is no more origin stories. So, Dr. Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins »
Everyone has been concerned about finding out who'll end up playing Doctor Strange in Marvel's planned adaptation, that the following nugget from San Diego Comic Con seems to have gone unnoticed. During the “Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection” panel -- which also included Jeff Russo (Fargo), James Levine (American Horror Story), Daniel Licht (Dexter), Brian Reitzell (Hannibal), and Steve Jablonsky (Transformers franchise) -- Scott Derrickson's Sinister/Deliver us From Evil composer Chris Young stated that he looked forward to working with the director on his next project. Perhaps not aware of the level of secrecy Marvel like to maintain when it comes to their movies, he elaborated when pushed: “Am I gong to do Doctor Strange? Oh, I better had. All I know is, I spoke to [Scott Derrickson] and did a little pitch on the phone and he kind of laughed. He didn’t say, ‘and by the way, »
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