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Doctor Strange Movie Still Has Life

Posted August 2, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

Marvel Moves Forward With Doctor Strange Movie

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


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  • mmorgan217

    You could go several ways here for the guy:

    James Franco
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Cillian Murphy
    Ben Foster

    Franco has already been in the older Spiderman movies but he could pull it off. I could see any of these guys pulling it off honestly. He would be my pick though. Kind of looks like 'em to me. Whoever said Pierce Brosnan needs to be joking...

    Posted: August 3, 2011 12:09 PM
  • Halfrican814

    If only Robert Downey Jr. wasn't already Iron Man *Sigh*

    Posted: August 3, 2011 1:30 AM
  • kginob

    No on house. Jim cavizel

    Posted: August 2, 2011 9:00 PM
  • artistbob

    Hugh Laurie makes everything better!

    Posted: August 2, 2011 3:41 PM
  • csanford

    Pierce Brosnan would be a great Dr. Stange

    Posted: August 2, 2011 3:35 PM
  • jaredsles

    Didn't Marvel plan this to be a short ala Pixar shorts that precede their features? I think they should get A-List actors to agree to doing these shorts and build an audience as opposed to dumping a second tier superhero into a full on feature and have it under perform. While The Green Lantern is well known amongst comic circles and the name familiar with general public, they could have made a short to screen before sure fire box office successes likeSuperman or The Dark Knight Rises to generate interest and then make it into a full length. They should also do the same for The Punisher (reboot) as that is definitely a character the general public could get into, but don't know the story.

    Posted: August 2, 2011 3:06 PM
  • Bamf464

    I would definitely have to say Liam Neeson. I think he would be perfect for Dr. Strange. For Black Panther they should do Morgan Freeman haha

    Posted: August 2, 2011 3:03 PM