July 25, 2014 | 4:56 p.m.
Marvel might have found its Stephen Strange. Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Marvel project, part of the studio’s phase three roster of comic book blockbusters, which will be written and directed by Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us From Evil,” “Sinister”). Phoenix, whose lengthy resume includes lauded turns in “Gladiator,” “Walk the Line” and “The Master,” was most recently seen on-screen in James Gray’s drama “The Immigrant,” and Spike Jonze’s futuristic love story, “Her.” “Doctor Strange” will bring to the screen Stephen Strange, the former neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme who is the Marvel Universe’s greatest protector against magical peril – and one of his fellow superheroes’ most sought after advisors. First appearing in a Stan Lee-written and Steve Ditko-drawn story in “Strange Tales” No. 110 in 1963, the brilliant magician has fought such foes as […]
June 03, 2014 | 3:51 p.m.
“Ant-Man” might still be hunting for a director, but “Doctor Strange” appears to have found one. Scott Derrickson will helm the upcoming Marvel project, part of the studio’s phase three roster of comic book blockbusters. Derrickson announced via Twitter on Tuesday that “Doctor Strange” would be his next film, though Marvel has not officially confirmed his hiring as either the film’s writer or director. My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j — Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014 As a writer-director, Derrickson has made a name for himself in horror with features including “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” and “Sinister.” His next film, “Deliver Us From Evil,” is due in theaters July 2 and centers on a New York police officer who teams with a priest to investigate a rash of possessions in the city. In a 2012 interview with […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 9:17 p.m.
Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are coming to the small screen thanks to a new deal between Marvel TV and Netflix. The on-demand and mail-in video provider has committed to at least four 13-episode live-action series based on the Marvel characters, culminating in a mini-series event based on Marvel’s “The Defenders,” Marvel TV announced today. The announcement follows Marvel TV’s first major foray into live-action television with this fall’s debut of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The blind superhero Daredevil, of course, has seen his share of screen time thanks to the Ben Affleck-starring “Daredevil.” Luke Cage is a fighter with super-strength and near-impervious skin. Jessica Jones is a former superheroine who has her own private eye firm and a tempestuous relationship with Luke Cage. And Iron Fist is a disciplined martial artist who happens to be Luke […]
April 01, 2011 | 10:53 a.m.
If Marvel executives are interested, Patrick Dempsey is ready to make magic — the “Grey’s Anatomy” star said Thursday that he’d love to play Doctor Strange in a film or even a television series if the situation was right. Dempsey is one of the highest paid stars on television but he’s restless to push his career in new directions, which is why he has a prominent role in this summer’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and also why he produced and starred in “Flypaper,” the dark bank-heist comedy that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. As he looks for his next movie, he can’t help but think how great it would be to take his on-screen medical practice into a whole different dimension by playing Doctor Strange, the Marvel Comics sorcerer created in 1963 by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. “I’ve been lobbying for that,” the […]