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Marvel’s Doctor Strange film may not be an origin story

17 August 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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Marvel's Doctor Strange Movie Will Not Be An Origin Story

16 August 2014 8:19 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

"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 »

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Kevin Feige Calls ‘Doctor Strange’ Movie a ‘Mind-Bending Acid Trip’

3 August 2014 7:31 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Although a Doctor Strange film is confirmed to be included in Marvel’s Phase 3, the movie still has no release date and cannot premiere until July 2016 at the earliest. Marvel enlisted Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil) to direct and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) to revise the script written by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. With production to officially start in early 2015 and casting to begin soon, the project is one of Marvel’s most talked about, especially at San Diego Comic-Con, where we thought the studio might announce a release date for it.

Though Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, didn’t announce ...

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- Molly Freeman

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#SDCC14: Joaquin Phoenix in Talks for Doctor Strange

25 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Some possible casting news has just broken at Comic-Con as The Wrap has learned that Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange adaptation. The deal is said to be far from complete but insiders confirm that Phoenix is strongly considering the superhero role, which had previously been linked to Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.

Scott Derrickson directs. Created in 1963, Doctor Strange is the story of an arrogant surgeon who is injured in a car accident and goes on to become the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel universe. Using his magical powers, Strange protects the Earth from attacks from other realms.

The first draft of the script was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, and Stephen Broussard are executive producing.

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- Steve Barton

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Joaquin Phoenix Reportedly in Talks to Play Doctor Strange

25 July 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Move over Benedict Cumberbatch and those persistent rumors.  Marvel and director Scott Derrickson might have found their Doctor Strange.  Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to star in the titular role for Marvel's potential new franchise. I think this is perfect casting because I think Phoenix is essentially always a great choice.  He's one of the finest actors of our generation and can effortlessly disappear into pretty much any role.  Hit the jump for more on Joaquin Phoenix potentially playing Doctor Strange. Per The Wrap, multiple sources have confirmed that Phoenix is in discussions for the role.  Marvel is also expecting Jon Spaihts' rewrite of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer's script to come in soon. What do you think of this potential casting?  Good choice?  Or did you want to see someone else in the role?  Does Phoenix have what it takes to play a neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer living in Greenwich Village? »

- Evan Dickson

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‘Doctor Strange’: Édgar Ramírez ‘Talking’ With the Director

24 June 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Ever since Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed that casting for Doctor Strange would begin within the next couple of months, the speculation as to who will be playing the eponymous sorcerer has reached fever pitch. Actors reportedly in the running include Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto, the latter of whom recently turned down the lead in sci-fi thriller Brilliance in a move that led many to believe he might have received on a better offer.

An earlier screenplay for Doctor Strange was penned by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, but it is now being revised by Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts – and when the cameras start rolling next spring, director Scott Derrickson will be in charge. This will mark ...

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Edgar Ramirez in Talks for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

23 June 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While doing press for his upcoming supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil, &#201dgar Ram&#237rez was asked if he has been approached by director Scott Derrickson for a role in his next project, Marvel's Phase Three adventure Doctor Strange. The actor revealed that he actually has been talking with the filmmaker about joining the superhero adventure, although no specific details were revealed.

"We're talking. We've been talking."

It isn't known if &#201dgar Ram&#237rez may be taking on the title role of Stephen Strange himself, or possibly his nemesis, Baron Mordo. Jon Spaihts recently signed on to rewrite the original script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, so it isn't even known of Baron Mordo will be included in the story.

Jared Leto has been mentioned as a possible front runner for the title role, especially after today's report that he passed on replacing Will Smith in Brilliance. Tom Hardy »

- MovieWeb

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Jared Leto Passes on 'Brilliance', Is He 'Doctor Strange'?

23 June 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Shortly after Scott Derrickson signed on to direct Marvel's Phase Three adventure Doctor Strange earlier this month, an unconfirmed report revealed that the studio was eyeing Oscar winner Jared Leto for the title role. A few weeks later, the actor entered early talks to replace Will Smith in Legendary Pictures' Brilliance, although now the actor has turned down the role, which could be a sign that he is still in contention to play Doctor Strange.

Jared Leto met with Brilliance director Julius Onah last Monday, but he eventually passed on the project later in the week. Noomi Rapace is still attached to star in the adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel, which takes place in a world were certain people known as "brilliants" are born with superhuman abilities.

It remains to be seen if Jared Leto turned down the role because he is still in contention for the Doctor Strange role. »

- MovieWeb

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Doctor Strange Has Found Another Film Writer

20 June 2014 9:49 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Marvel has found a writer for their new Doctor Strange film.

The first draft of the film was scripted by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.  However, Deadline announced Marvel has been in contact with Jon Spaihts to re-write the first of several films starring Doctor Strange.  The short list of mystics up for the role are, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jared Leto.

Jon is working on The Mummy and The Black Hole remakes.  He is also known for Prometheus, which was "not a prequel" of the Alien franchise...let face it, it Was.

Deadline also reported that Marvel is trying to get production rolling as soon as possible.  This seems a little dangerous to me as this could spell disaster for the new franchise.

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Scott Derrickson: 'Doctor Strange' is the only major comic-book movie I'm suited for

19 June 2014 8:23 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) The selection of Scott Derrickson to helm Marvel’s long-discussed "Doctor Strange" may have caught some by surprise, but the director of "Sinister" and "Deliver Us From Evil" says he “genuinely felt like I was the right guy to do it.” “I think when you consider the work that I’ve done it makes sense that he’d be my favorite comic book character, at least in the Marvel Universe,” he tells JoBlo. “Probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I’m suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and the story and the ambition of those comics, especially the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko 'Strange Tales' — I think those are my favorite of all of them. The entire history of the comics is extraordinary.” Derrickson says he’s been pleasantly surprised by the response to his selection. “I guess I expected the detractors, »

- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources

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Does ‘Doctor Strange’ Have Its Writer And Sorcerer Supreme?

19 June 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It hasn’t been all that long since it was announced that the master of magic himself, Doctor Strange, had been added to Marvel’s cinematic roster. Make no mistake, over here at Thn we’re more than glad about it and you should be too. However, following the recent news that Stephen Strange will be heading to our screens with Scott Derrickson at the helm, Deadline are now reporting (though, as always, take these things with a pinch of salt) that Doctor Strange may have its writer and protagonist.

The word on the crime-filled streets is that Prometheus’ own Jon Spaihts is taking up the pen and quill to re-pen the first draft of the script, which came from the likes of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Now, aside from Prometheus, Spaihts’ resume is relatively short when it comes to the silver screen. Whilst he is attached to the 2016 reboot of The Mummy, »

- Matthew Ceo

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Marvel Sets Sights on Writer for Doctor Strange

19 June 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Earlier this month, Marvel picked Scott Derrickson as the director of Doctor Strange. The project about a neurosurgeon turned sorcerer and protecter of Earth is wasting no time picking up steam, as Marvel has announced the writer they want to craft the Doctor’s first big screen adventure.

According to Deadline, Marvel has set their sights on Jon Spaihts to work on the screenplay for Doctor Strange. A first draft of the movie’s screenplay, written by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Sahara) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Sahara), already exists. It’s likely that Spaihts would be brought on to do a script re-write. Spaihts has some key recent writing credits: he wrote The Mummy reboot for Universal and was the first writer to work on the Prometheus screenplay. Though Marvel and Spaihts are still in negotiations, expect an official announcement soon. Stay »

- Derek Anderson

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'Prometheus' writer in talks for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

19 June 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts is in early talks to write the script for Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie. Sources close to the project confirm Deadline’s report that Marvel is looking to Spaihts—the initial writer on Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel who’s also penning Universal’s upcoming Mummy reboot—to launch Strange as another potential franchise. Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian reboot) had penned a script for the studio a few years ago. Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still) is directing.

In the comic books, Dr. Stephen Strange is an arrogant surgeon who »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Adds a Writer and an Oscar-Winner to Its List of Potential Leads

19 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

While Disney and Marvel have announced a director for their proposed "Doctor Strange" movie, little else about the project has been revealed, especially in terms of potential star or release date. But more details seem to be firming up, with a report that Marvel is close to hiring a new screenwriter (one that genre fans are, for better or worse, very familiar with) and a new actor being added to the list of potential Doctors.

Firstly, Deadline is reporting that Jon Spaihts, who made his initial splash on a sci-fi screenplay called "Passengers" that appeared on the 2007 edition of the Black List (a list that circulates around Hollywood of that year's best unproduced screenplays) and later contributed the first draft of what would ultimately become Ridley Scott's pseudo-prequel "Prometheus," is set to write "Doctor Strange." (If you want to hear about what his version was like, there's a great »

- Drew Taylor

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Scott Derrickson talks Doctor Strange, Jon Spaihts signs on as writer, and Jared Leto confirmed as in contention for the role

18 June 2014 11:47 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Although Marvel Studios is yet to officially confirm Doctor Strange as part of its Phase Three line-up, the project appears to be moving forward at pace following the appointment of director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) earlier this month. According to Deadline, screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is in talks to rewrite the script from Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (the site also confirms that Jared Leto is on the shortlist for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy), while Derrickson has opened up about his involvement with the film during an interview with Joblo:

“I think when you consider the work that I’ve done it makes sense that he’d be my favorite comic book character, at least in the Marvel universe. Probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I’m suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and »

- Gary Collinson

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Marvel has found a new writer for Doctor Strange

18 June 2014 10:51 PM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Marvel's Doctor Strange adaptation continues to move forwards apace, with Deadline reporting that the studio is in negotiations to bring John Spaihts on board to rewrite the script. The studio recently filled the director's chair with Scott Derrickson, and is now looking to Spaihts to submit a new draft of the script, after initial work by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Spaihts himself seems overjoyed by the development, taking to Twitter to announce, "Doctor Strange was always my favourite Marvel hero… it's a good...

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- George Wales

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Doctor Strange movie: new writer, casting latest

18 June 2014 10:14 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Three names remain in the frame for Marvel's Doctor Strange, as Jon Spaihts is hired to rework the screenplay...

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We've still not got a release date for Marvel's Doctor Strange movie yet, but there's no doubt remaining that it's happening. Scott Derrickson - shortly to launch Deliver Us From Evil into cinemas - is the man with the job of directing the film. And the latest on the project is that Jon Spaihts is being recruited to work on the screenplay for the movie.

Spaihts is working on the reboot of The Mummy for Universal. He penned the original screenplay, pre-rewrites, for Ridley Scott's Prometheus too. He's now going to rework the original Doctor Strange script, that Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer put together.

Furthermore, the casting shortlist for the title role apparently remains centred on a trio of names. And those names? Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto. »

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'Prometheus' screenwriter to cast a spell on 'Doctor Strange' for Marvel

18 June 2014 6:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Doctor Strange" is one step closer to casting a spell on the big screen. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus," "The Darkest Hour") has signed on to pen the script for the forthcoming Marvel superhero entry, according to Deadline, with director Scott Derrickson ("Sinister," "Deliver Us from Evil") having signed on to helm the film earlier this month. Spaihts will be working off an earlier draft of the script written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Based on the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the early 1960s, Strange is a former neurosurgeon who becomes schooled in the mystical arts and is eventually deemed Sorcerer Supreme - the primary protector of Earth against supernatural threats. Actors said to be in the running for the role include Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and 2014 Oscar winner Jared Leto. No release date has been set for the film, which will unroll as »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Marvel Recruits ‘Prometheus’ Writer For ‘Doctor Strange’

18 June 2014 5:39 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

While not yet officially titled and dated we’ve known for a long time that Marvel Studios had Doctor Strange in mind for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s finally becoming a reality. Just two weeks ago Scott Derrickson (Sinister) confirmed trade reports that he will be directing the next new Marvel Studios character film, and helping usher in the mystical side of the Marvel Comics universe into the film franchise.

Four years ago Marvel brought in Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write the screenplay for a Doctor Strange movie but it wasn’t until after The Avengers that Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige confirmed that we’d finally meet Ant-Man and Doctor Strange in Phase 3, after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Strange ...

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- Rob Keyes

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Jon Spaihts Set For Doctor Strange

18 June 2014 5:06 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Marvel’s plan to add Doctor Strange to its cinematic universe took a big leap forward earlier this month when Scott Derrickson was hired to direct the film based on the adventures of Dr. Stephen Strange. As part of the movie’s evolving state, the company is in the process of hiring PrometheusJon Spaihts to re-write the script.Doctor Strange was originally conjured from the brains of Stan Lee and art genius Steve Ditko, and began life as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as The Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, he’s taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains.Thomas Dean Donnelly »

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