You might remember that Scott Derrickson worked with writing partner C. Robert Cargill on the first Doctor Strange film.
After Derrickson’s exit of the sequel and reports that Sam Raimi (Spider-Man 1-3, Evil Dead, Army of Darkness) is in talks as his replacement it seems that Cargill wanted to clarify something about the film’s script.
C. Robert Cargill states on Twitter that pair didn’t even get a chance to write a draft for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, despite reports that Derrickson was writing the sequel that doesn’t seem to be the case.
CARGILL: “Since it keeps coming up in news stories, it’s worth noting that Scott and I never had the opportunity to write a draft of MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, so whatever they are working with now isn’t derivative of our work. I am of course very excited to see where they take Stephen next.”
Since it keeps coming up in news stories, it's worth noting that Scott and I never had the opportunity to write a draft of MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, so whatever they are working with now isn't derivative of our work.
I am of course very excited to see where they take Stephen next.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) February 8, 2020
Newcomer Jade Halley Bartlett seemingly will be the one getting the screenwriting credit on In The Multiverse of Madness.
Cargill is keeping an optimistic outlook for the sequel as is Derrickson, who voiced his support recently on Twitter for director Sam Raimi.
DERRICKSON: “I’ve worked with Sam Raimi. One of the nicest people I’ve known in the film business, and as a director, a true living legend. What a great choice to take over Doctor Strange.”
This isn’t surprising news as most of the Marvel Studios scripts begin life as in-house projects, at one time they had their own writers program which led to projects like Guardians of The Galaxy, Black Panther, Blade, and Captain Marvel being written super early on within the studio.
While Raimi has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios he has been open to the idea of working with the studio going back to 2015.
Production is said to be kicking-off sometime in May and we’ve previously confirmed the state location will be Pinewood Studios UK. It had been recently used by Marvel for Black Widow and Eternals, the latter of which has officially wrapped principal photography.
Actors Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Benedict Wong (Wong), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Karl Mordor) are reportedly set for the cast.
Rachel McAdams won’t be reprising the role of Christine Palmer aka Night Nurse from the original film. We have to assume that Marvel Studios will instead be focusing on superpowered female leads including Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
Scott had once suggested on Twitter that both Jericho Drumm aka Brother Voodoo and Clea would be featured in the sequel, which has led to multiple rumors they will indeed appear in the film.
Another recent rumor claims that Young Avenger member America Chavez aka Miss America could also show-up which wouldn’t be shocking given her power-set is connected to the Multiverse.
Kevin Feige has confirmed that Disney+ shows WandaVision and Loki will interlink/setup the Doctor Strange sequel. We know that WandaVision will explore things like the Multiverse and S.W.O.R.D while the Loki series will introduce the Time Variance Agency.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness has been set for release on May 7th, 2021 by Disney.
SOURCE: C. ROBERT CARGILL