Back in June of 2010 it was reported that Marvel Studios had hired Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, Dylan Dog: Dead of night, Conan the Barbarian) to write a script for an adaptation of the Doctor Strange comic series.
Twitch is now reporting that the script has been turned into the studio and Marvel is moving forward with the property. The studio has already drafted a short list of directors to talk to about the title and is sending over the script to each director, hoping to sign one of them on to “oversee continued development”.
Doctor Strange was first published in 1963 and follows the story of a conceited New York surgeon who, after being injured in a car accident can no longer perform his work. The character becomes a drifter, ends up in the Himalayas, and learns how to tap into psychic powers to battle evil wizards and other attacks from beyond our universe and protect earth.
It will be interesting to see who Marvel has lined up for possible directors, because any director who is a comic nerd would love to get their hands on a property like this.
It will also be interesting to see how Marvel handles one of their “B” level comic characters, as the studio has already announced they will be making a bunch of films based on their lower tiered characters with smaller budgets than their bigger properties like Iron Man, Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America.