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 […]