Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE Hires Screenwriter
Recently, Marvel Studios hired Scott Derrickson to direct the long-awaited film adaptation of Doctor Strange, which will be included in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now, we know who will be rewriting the movie. According to Deadline, the studio has hired Jon Spaihts – who wrote The Darkest Hour and the initial draft for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The scribe is also working on Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. Doctor Strange was previously written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan The Barbarian). The film will follow Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme and fights magical threats on Earth.
With a director and screenwriter on board, Marvel plans to fast-track production on its latest tentpole. Recent reports suggested that Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch and The Dark Knight Rises‘ Tom Hardy are on the studio’s short list for the Doctor Strange role, and Deadline confirms rumors of Oscar winner Jared Leto being the subject of Marvel’s interest. Doctor Strange is expected to hit theaters Summer 2016, with an official release date to come soon.