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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.