Doctor Strange Moves Forward?

More than a year after Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were hired to adapt Doctor Strange, Marvel reportedly is ready to move forward with the long-gestating feature film.

According to Twitch, the Conan the Barbarian writing duo has turned a script, which the studio is forwarding to a short list of directors in hopes of finding someone to “oversee continued development” of the project. The website sees the movement as a sign the studio is looking for Doctor Strange to be released in 2013. However, that summer is already loaded with Marvel’s Iron Man 3 in May and Thor 2 in July, with Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel in between, so it’s difficult to imagine where the studio would find room for the Sorcerer Supreme. Holidays 2013 doesn’t quite feel right …

It’s possible the studio is prepared to take its time to make sure that, after several failed attempts to translate Doctor Strange to the big screen — the rights have passed through six studios after the past 25 years — this effort finally pans out, and pays off. While Marvel is eager to exploit its lesser-known characters like Ant-Man, Black Panther, Inhumans and Iron Fist, it’s demonstrated a willingness to put on the brakes, most notably last fall when it put the fast-tracked Runaways adaptation on hold. With The Avengers in 2o12, Iron Man and Thor sequels in 2013, another Captain America, plus potential spinoffs — to make no mention of the television division — there’s certainly no immediate rush for Doctor Strange.

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  • demoncat_4

    been waiting a long time for Marvel to reach the stage with the Sorcer supreme that they are now shopping for directors  given how long Marvel been trying to translate the good doctor a little more time will not hurt them.  though would have though that Marvel would follow the avengers route and do a defenders film to introduce strange to movie goers though that would require Marvel getting the silver surfer back from fox.

  • Not Daniel

    If they can get this and a Sub-Mariner movie going, I want a DEFENDERS movie one of these days.  I’m serious.

  • Lewis4510

    I think that DR. Strange would be a better fit for TV myself rather than a big screen adaptation.

  • Lewis4510

    I think that DR. Strange would be a better fit for TV myself rather than a big screen adaptation.

  • Jmcreer

    The property has limitless opportunities – just don’t make him look exactly like the comics.  It looks great on paper but not so good on screen.  Of course, that doesn’t mean he needs to just wear a black trenchcoat either. 

  • Jmcreer

    The property has limitless opportunities – just don’t make him look exactly like the comics.  It looks great on paper but not so good on screen.  Of course, that doesn’t mean he needs to just wear a black trenchcoat either.