The biggest news in the comic book movie mill today is that we might finally be seeing a big-ass Hollywood production based on the life and times of Marvel’s resident magician, Dr. Stephen Strange. That’s right, kids, Harry Potter’s ass is done, and now we can make room for everyone’s favorite comic book wizard.
According to TwitchFilm, Marvel Entertainment has been looking into satisfying fan demand for a Doctor Strange flick for a while now, and it seems that we might be headed in the direction of something real happening in that department. Screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose credits include the just-released Cowboys & Aliens and the soon to be released Conan the Barbarian, have evidently submitted a draft of a Strange flick to the bigwigs at Marvel.
Twitch has learned that Oppenheimer and Donnelly have now turned in their script and Marvel is pushing forward with the property. Marvel has drafted a short list of directors to approach on the title and is forwarding the current script to each to try and sign someone up to ‘oversee continued development’.
Now, what exactly that means is really anyone’s guess, but Strange fans can keep their fingers crossed that it means this flick is finally happening. And really, why shouldn’t it? Marvel is making the biggest of big superhero flicks, The Avengers, right now, and there’s really nowhere to go from there but sequel land when it comes to their mainstream mega heroes. We know they’re already working on Luke Cage and Ant-Man flicks, so why not Doctor Strange? He’s the damn Sorcerer Supreme (and I know, comics nerds, I know; he lost that title during Dark Reign, but he’ll always hold that title to me, dammit); he deserves a movie. He’s a fan favorite who’s been vastly underused in the Marvel Universe lately, so I say greenlight this bad boy. And if it’s not too much trouble, get J. Michael Straczynski to rewrite the thing first. Thanks.
By the way, if this turns out to not be bullshit, and all stays on track, we might see this picture roll out in 2013.