It seems that Scott Derrickson will return to Doctor Strange and Marvel’s world of magic.
This past week has been bursting with news from Marvel Studios, particularly concerning directors. Not only did James Gunn reveal that he would return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but we also got confirmation that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck would direct Captain Marvel. Well, there’s been a director development for the Doctor Strange franchise as well.
Deadline has reported that Scott Derrickson will return to helm the currently unscheduled Doctor Strange sequel. According to the report, Derrickson will tentatively begin work on the film after he is finished with his commitments to Hulu’s adaptation of the comic book Locke & Key. On that project, he will be developing and directing the pilot and will later direct additional episodes of the first season.
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Derrickson’s return to the franchise is not surprising at all. Doctor Strange (2016) was well-received by critics and fans, and managed to finish with $667 million worldwide. The director is also a lifelong fan of the character. To prove his desire for the job, he even wrote the “astral form fight” as a part of his pitch, which later became a signature sequence in the film.
The re-hiring of Derrickson continues to show that Marvel Studios is trying to hold on to the same directors for their franchises. As a result, there should be a great sense of creative continuity within their upcoming films.
With Derrickson’s strong passion and vision, it will be interesting to see what he has in mind for the good doctor’s next outing.