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Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
The idea of a movie crossover is not exactly groundbreaking anymore, thanks to a widespread understanding that any big franchise can simply go nuts with the amount of sequels they can give to the characters in each movie. For example, the Marvel Universe has more or less free license to use hundreds of different comic book characters in the Avengers series, with the only notable exceptions being Spider-Man and the X-Men, so none of us should be surprised to see even the most obscure of Marvel creations turn up in the next Avengers movie.
However, what does stand out as being a little more intriguing is when movies that you did not expect to have any obvious connection are bridged by a common link… or at least a linking conspiracy theory. For example, writer Jon Negroni has received a lot of attention recently thanks to his Pixar Universe Theory, wherein »
- Stephen Kennedy
Last week, a report emerged suggesting that Marvel Studios had identified four potential directors for the long-awaited Doctor Strange movie in Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), seemingly indicating that the Sorcerer Supreme is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as part of Phase Three. However, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has now dismissed the report during an interview with IGN, although he does admit that the studio is meeting with people about the movie:br />
"Well, that article was true that we're meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is. But we're actively looking. Of course, of course. We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There's only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs] That's about it. »
- Gary Collinson
Who will direct Doctor Strange? Last week, we heard that Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in contention. Today, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige reveals that isn't quite accurate. While he does confirm Marvel and Disney are currently on the hunt for someone to helm this upcoming superhero adventure, none of the names mentioned were close to signing on, and some may not be in the running at all.
"Well, that article was true that we're meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is. But we're actively looking. We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There's only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs] That's about it."
There was also another rumor from »
While it has yet to receive an official release date, last week Marvel Studios decided to move forward in finding a director for its oft-speculated Doctor Strange movie. THR reported that Marvel had compiled a shortlist of directors that included Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies), Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (last year's Oscar–nominated A Royal Affair) and Dean Israelite (the upcoming Welcome to Yesterday). It didn't take long for casting rumors to start trickling in, with Hannibal and A Royal Affair star Mads Mikkelsen recently being rumored to be in consideration, following last month's rumors that Johnny Depp had met with Marvel about the role. Meanwhile The Dark Knight Rises actor Matthew Modine has already begun openly campaigning for the role on Twitter, something Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey has been doing since 2011.
But why wait for Marvel to finally make up their minds? We can figure this out well »
- Ryan Gowland
With the Sorcerer Supreme seemingly set for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rumours continue to circulate as to who will be playing Doctor Strange, with Full Metal Jacket actor Matthew Modine touting himself as a possible candidate.
On his Twitter page, Modine attached a photo of Strange with a caption, “#Marvel I’d like to play #Doctor Strange - let’s make this happen.” Evidently, he fails to understand the power of subtlety but he would bring an interesting sense of wisdom and experience to a character unfamiliar to many.
- Gary Collinson
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Well, they sure made us wait, but this week Marvel Studios gave us our first look at August's cosmic superhero adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, and boy did they deliver, with the reveal of the first trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! leading to what's been described as a "social media smash", with more mentions in the first 12 hours across Facebook and Twitter following its release than Man of Steel managed in 24 hours. The fun got underway on Monday with the arrival »
- Gary Collinson
While this years Guardians of the Galaxy has been getting all the attention this week [see the trailer, character featurettes and first poster], it seems that Marvel Studios still has one eye on Phase Three, wioth The Hollywood Reporter revealing that four directors are under consideration to bring the Sorcerer Supreme to the screen in Doctor Strange.
According to the site, the studio has met with Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). Meanwhile, screenwriters Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda) are "in the mix" to script the film, although Marvel is apparently keen on getting a writer-director duo, or a filmmaker who can tackle both.
It's expected that Doctor Strange will feature as part of Marvel's Phase Three line-up, alongside Ant-Man, Thor 3, Captain America 3 and The Avengers 3.
Update: According to Bleeding Cool, one of the reasons that Nikolaj Arcel is under consideration is because »
- Gary Collinson
So wait, does this mean Marvel really is making a Doctor Strange movie? It would appear so, because the trades are reporting that the studio currently has four names in mind to helm the Sorcerer Supreme’s second screen outing. (As you’ll recall, Stephen Strange previously made his debut in the 1978 TV movie “Dr. Strange” starring Peter Hooten.) The people Marvel is currently eyeballing for the gig include Mark Andrews (Pixar’s “Brave”), Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”); Dean Israelite (“Welcome to Yesterday”), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”). So who will get the gig? First of all, Marvel always goes as left-field as possible. So, looking at this list from that Pov, who is the likely candidate? I…have no idea. But hey, they’re definitely making “Doctor Strange” movie! So if you’ve been waiting to see the Sorcerer Supreme get that big-screen treatment he deserves, this is it. »
With the recent trailer for James Gunn’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and the forthcoming Edgar Wright-helmed “Ant-Man,” it’s clear Marvel Studios is pulling from the deep bench now and while it remains to be seen how the casual moviegoing audience is going to respond to a gun-toting talking raccoon in space, the comics giant-turned-movie company is only focused on getting more strange. THR is reporting that the long-discussed “Doctor Strange” movie is inching closer to reality with Marvel already looking at a few possible candidates to sit in the director’s chair. So, who’s up? Well, it’s an eclectic list that includes “Brave” co-writer and co-director Mark Andrews, “A Royal Affair” director Nikolaj Arcel, Dean Israelite of the upcoming Michael Bay-produced time-travel found-footage film “Welcome to Yesterday,” and “50/50” director Jonathan Levine. It must also be noted that the studio’s “looking to hire both »
- Cain Rodriguez
Movies R Fun! is the new book by Pixar animator Josh Cooley, a story supervisor as Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on such films as the Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Cars 2 and Brave. It cleverly translates memorable scenes from classic contemporary films into the format of an “inappropriate Golden Book.” This Saturday night, from 8-10 Pm, G1988 (West) will host a book launch event for Josh Cooley's Movies R Fun! A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre- (Film) School Cinephile offering attendees the first opportunity to pick up the book before its wide release on March 1st. The artist will be in attendance and the gallery will also have dozens of prints as well as original artwork from him for sale. Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 »
- Pietro Filipponi
Marvel is taking their sweet time getting Doctor Strange to the big screen. They've been working on the project off and on for awhile, but there's finally more movement to report! The studio is currently meeting with directors to possibly develop the project, and thanks to THR we know four of the directors who are in contention.
They're currently looking at Mark Andrews, who co-wrote and co-directed Pixar's Brave; Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote and directed 2013s best foreign film Oscar-nominated entry A Royal Affair; Dean Israelite, the director of Paramount's upcoming time-travel movie Welcome to Yesterday; and Jonathan Levine, the director of the Zombie rom-com Warm Bodies.
There is also Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, who could be writing another screenplay for the movie. They are the writers behind the Kung Fu Panda movies. The report says that the studio is looking to hire both a writer and a director to work in tandem, »
- Joey Paur
Marvel stole the show yesterday by releasing a number of featurettes and a new poster for Guardians of the Galaxy, but they’re already looking ahead to the future as the hunt is now said to be on for a filmmaker to helm Doctor Strange. Kung Fu Panda writers Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are being considered to write the screenplay, while four directors are in contention.
Who are they? According to The Hollywood Reporter, those being considered are Mark Andrews (the co-writer and co-director of Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (the writer and director of Academy Award nominated foreign film A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (the director of the Michael Bay produced Welcome to Yesterday), and Jonathan Levine (who helmed Warm Bodies and 50/50).
As you may have noticed, the candidates above all have experience with writing And directing, and that’s apparently down to the fact that “Marvel is looking to »
- Josh Wilding
Doctor Strange has four directors in the running.
Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50) are in line for the Marvel Studios movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The directors have either met or are about to meet with executives regarding the tale of the Marvel Universe's Sorcerer Supreme.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was previously rumoured for the role of Stephen Strange, an arrogant surgeon who turns to the mystic arts after receiving an injury to his hands that ends his career.
Now that Marvel is in pre-production on "Ant-Man" and recently gave the world a taste of "Guardians of the Galaxy," the studio is now getting to work on "Doctor Strange," seeking directors to take on the comic book film. THR is reporting that four contenders have either met or about to meet with marvel, including Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50). Meanwhile, Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, the writers of the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, are in talks to write the screenplay. The plan is to hire a writer and director at the same time and to have them work together. Doctor Strange is an arrogant and selfish surgeon whose hands are damaged in a car accident. After all conventional healing methods fail, he travels to Tibet as a last effort to find a cure at the hands »
While Marvel has yet to confirm the identity of any of its 2017 releases, Kevin Feige has strongly hinted that one of them will be an adaptation of Doctor Strange. Now it seems that that hint is firming up into cold, hard fact, with THR reporting that Marvel is actively looking for a director for the project, and has come up with a four-man shortlist for the position. 50/50 director Jonathan Levine is one of those four contenders, with Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and Dean Israelite (Welcome To Yesterday)...
- George Wales
News Simon Brew 21 Feb 2014 - 06:37
Marvel is lining up a film of Doctor Strange, and the directorial shortlist has apparently been revealed...
It seems pretty certain now that Doctor Strange is being lined up as one of Marvel's Phase Three of movies. The other titles are set to be Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Thor 3 and The Avengers 3. Of those four, only Thor 3 is apparently without a director so far.
But who will take the reigns for Doctor Strange? Well, a story broken by The Hollywood Reporter has put four names in the frame. The candidates are apparently Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50) and Dean Israelite (the upcoming Welcome To Yesterday).
It's still early days of course, »
Marvel have received a lot of hype surrounding their upcoming new venture Guardians Of The Galaxy, thanks to a wonderfully comedic trailer. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age Of Ultron also on their way, it’s time to seriously consider what Phase 3 will have to offer. We know that Edgar Wright’s Ant-man will arrive in 2015, but Marvel have also announced dates for untitled films through to 2017. One rumoured film is Doctor Strange, the tale of a surgeon who loses the use of his hands, only to be given even more incredible powers.
4 directors have met or are scheduled to meet the folks at Marvel to discuss the potential project and they are a very varied bunch. First up is Brave’s Mark Andrews, which has been his only feature film to date. Obviously directors of animation have had mixed success with Brad Bird doing an excellent »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Looks like things are heating up on Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie. Ace superhero movie news reporter Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that four directors have either met or are going to meet to take a meeting at Marvel to pitch themselves for the directing gig.
They are Mark Andrews who directed Brave, Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote and directed last year’s best foreign film Oscar-nominated entry A Royal Affair, Dean Israelite, the director behind Paramount’s upcoming sci-fi time-travel movie Welcome to Yesterday; and Jonathan Levine, the filmmaker behind Warm Bodies and 50/50.
Doctor Strange was conceived as an arrogant and selfish surgeon whose hands are damaged in a car accident. After all conventional healing methods fail, »
- El Mayimbe
Right now director Edgar Wright is deep in pre-production preparing to shoot Ant-Man, but Marvel is also trying to line up another director for one of their other Phase Three films. THR has word that the comic book studio is trying to figure out who will direct Doctor Strange, the gestating film about a once brilliant neurosurgeon forced into retirement after a car accident destroys his once skilled hands. A trip to the Himalayas for a hopeful cure led him to be trained by a Tibetan sorcerer to hone in on psychic powers and mystical abilities, giving him the amazing mind powers to battle powerful villains. So who all is up to direct? As of now, the list includes Pixar's Brave director Mark Andrews, A Royal Affair helmer Nikolaj Arcel, Welcome to Yesterday director Dean Israelite, or Warm Bodies and 50/50 filmmaker Jonathan Levine. In addition, Marvel has also met with Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, »
- Ethan Anderton
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