Marvel Hires Screenwriters For Doctor Strange

In news that’s likely to surprise even the most devoted fans of the Sorcerer Supreme, Deadline reports that Marvel has hired Conan screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to pen Doctor Strange, a property whose film history dates back almost 25 years.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming notes that the “long-gestating” project could be among the first Marvel films developed under the Disney banner.

Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts appeared in a 1978 made-for-TV movie, but seemed headed for the big screen in 1986 in a script by Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale. Although that version never went into production, six years later Wes Craven signed on to write and direct an adaptation that failed to materialize when distributor Savoy Pictures went bankrupt. Since then Doctor Strange has passed from director to director and studio to studio. Guillermo del Toro was attached to direct for Paramount Pictures as recently as 2008, with Neil Gaiman reportedly approached to write the script. Since then Marvel has reclaimed the rights.

Presumably Doctor Strange is the beneficiary of Marvel’s rumored new approach to small-scale movies featuring third-tier characters and a budget of somewhere between $20 million and $40 million.

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  • VanGoghX

    Won't be long now before we hit the saturation point for super-hero movies. Another couple years. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted.

  • pDUB

    i have been waiting for this for so long.
    fingers crossed to them not effing it up.

  • demoncat_4

    good news. for been waiting ever since Marvel formed their own studio to see the sorcerer supreme on the big screen . plus was hoping that Doctor strange was going to be one of the projects Guillermo returned too. but that was not ment to be. can not wait and being done by the ones trying to bring Conan back should be interesting. as for who should play the good doctor Hugh laurie would work but he would have to do a black dye job of his hair and beard.

  • demoncat_4

    and once doctor strange is done with then Marvel can follow suit along the lines of the avengers with a defenders film. for by then maybe they will have the rights to namor and silver surfer back under Disney.

  • Kolymar

    “Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts appeared in a 1978 made-for-TV movie, but seemed headed for the big screen in 1986 in a script by Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale. Although that version never went into production, six years later Wes Craven signed on write and direct an adaptation that failed to materialize when distributor Savoy Pictures went bankrupt. Since then Doctor Strange has passed from director to director and studio to studio. Guillermo del Toro was attached to direct for Paramount Pictures as recently as 2008, with Neil Gaiman reportedly approached to write the script. “

    There was also the 1992 adaptation that was renamed Dr. Mordrid after the rights were lost. :D

  • Andy

    These guys wrote Sahara, A Sound of Thunder (!!!), and a really awful Conan script and this is their reward?

    Hollywood: Fail Upwards!