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Published On: Fri, Feb 21st, 2014

Marvel Studios moving ahead with ‘Doctor Strange’ director with ‘Brave’ creator topping the list

Fans may be unclear of the details, but Marvel appears to be moving ahead with their Doctor Strange project, actively seeking a director to lead the film.

doctor-strange-marvel comics photo bannerHeat Vision reports that four contenders who have either met or are scheduled to meet with Marvel about the Doctor Strange directing gig are Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday). 

Kung Fu Panda scribes Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are also apparently in the mix to pen the screenplay, as Marvel is looking to hire a writer and director team to work together on the property, or a director who can handle both tasks.  

A previous draft of the screenplay was written in Marvel’s development labs by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, but it’s unknown how much of that script will survive this new development process once a director signs on.

The studio has release dates for “untitled” films through 2017, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has strongly suggested that Doctor Strange will be one of those Phase Three films. 

Doctor Strange is a challenging characters as his powers come from mystical origins rather than something more “practical” like a gamma ray accident or super serum.  Strange is an egotistical neurosurgeon who is taught mystic arts by “the Ancient One” after a car accident renders his hands useless.

Andrews has been a longtime employee of Pixar, working on a number of the studio’s projects like The Incredibles and Cars before making his feature directorial debut on Brave.  He also has experience with live-action having co-written John Carter, on which he also served as second unit director.

Levine is also an interesting choice.  The filmmaker is more known for quieter dramedies like The Wackness and 50/50

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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