Scott Derrickson is set to direct Doctor Strange for Marvel, and in an interview with Joblo he talks excitedly about bringing the character to the big screen. This guy wanted the directing gig bad. He's a huge fan of the character, and it seems like he truly is the right guy for the job. I backed him from day one, but what he says in this interview just puts my soul at ease knowing that Doctor Strange is in good hands. Here's what he had to say:
"I think when you consider the work that I've done it makes sense that he'd be my favorite comic book character, at least in the Marvel universe. Probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I'm suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and the story and the ambition of those comics, especially the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko 'Strange Tales' - I think those are my favorite of all of them. The entire history of the comics is extraordinary."
The director then talks about chasing after the project because he wanted it so bad:
"I wanted it really bad. More than any other project that I've gone after, I felt compelled to do everything in my power to get on that project. Genuinely felt like I was the right guy to do it."
That fact that he feels like he's the right man for the job shows a high confidence level in him, and we'll see that confidence translate on the big screen. He goes on to discuss the reactions to him getting the gig and the world being ready for Strange.
"I think the nicest surprise for me, the most unexpected surprise, is the positive reaction. Both to me getting the film - I guess I expected the detractors, and they just haven't been there, it's all been quite positive. More than that, it's just the general enthusiasm for Doctor Strange. I think people who know the comic world and the Marvel universe, they all feel the same way I do, which is, 'This is the Marvel movie we're all ready to see now.' This movie needs to exist. The outpouring of excitement that people have shown is the thing I've been most pleasantly surprised."
Derrickson is going to kick ass at this, and I can't wait to see what his vision for it is. The last we heard Jared Leto, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy were up for the role of Strange. There's no confirmation on those casting choices, but I'm sure we'll get an announcement sometime in the near future.