It seems that Doctor Strange, who has been among a plethora of second-tier characters long-rumored for a live-action feature, may still be heading to the big screen. According to Twitch Film, the script has finally been turned in over at Marvel.
The last we heard of this would-be project, was last year, when Marvel tapped the writing duo of Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, the scribes behind the Conan The Barbarian reboot, who also had a hand in the Cowboys and Aliens script, as well as the upcoming video game film adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. While keeping busy with those projects, Strange was obviously put on the back-burner up till now.
With Marvel now in the stages of looking for a director, the Greenwich Village, NY-based Sorcerer will indeed be joining the A-List of comic heroes to make the leap to celluloid. Will it work?
Even when we learned of the script development last year, we knew that the field of superhero films would be more vast than ever before with The Avengers series of films, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman: Man of Steel, etc. Yet, what we didn't foresee, was the box-office success of Thor, which may have been more of a watershed moment for the genre than people realize.
While Iron Man, who was already a far more popular character, managed to push his way into mainstream stardom with the 2008 film, we now know that, with Thor, moviegoers are indeed willing to stray outside the elite circle of Superman/Batman/Spider-Man. Now, the floodgates are open for the second-tier heroes like Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Cloak and Dagger, etc.
However, while Thor managed to work without a big-name star as its lead, Strange is a more complex character and will require someone with a resume. The story of an injured, dejected former surgeon who travels to the Far East and learns mystical powers, will require an actor who can exude the kind of eccentricity the character requires, while maintaining likability.
Hollywood would likely go with someone a bit younger, but I still say that House's Hugh Laurie is the man they need. /soapbox