Yesterday, Variety reported that veteran director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man 1-3, Evil Dead, Army of The Dead, The Gift, Drag Me To Hell, Darkman) was currently in talks with Marvel Studios to take over directing duties on Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, after former director Scott Derrickson exited over creative differences.
Scott Derrickson has now taken to Twitter to throw his support behind 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.”
I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if we learn later on that Derrickson had a hand in getting Sam involved.
A project like this seems to be tailormade for a director like Sam Raimi, who has spent his entire character tackling similar material and was one of the first directors to make a successful comic book film franchise.
Raimi isn’t just a horror director he’s also been one of the most prolific horror film producer. His producing credits include Crawl, Don’t Breathe, 30 Days of Night, Poltergiest (remake), and The Grudge (both remakes).
He also worked with Disney on the Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great & Powerful.
People have been quick to point out that Sam gave Doctor Strange a shoutout in Spider-Man 2, when J. Jonah Jameson is trying to brainstorm a villain name for Doctor Otto Octavius for Daily Bugle headlines.
Interesting enough, J.K. Simmons, who played Jameson in the Sam Raimi films reprises the role for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Production on the Strange sequel is reportedly set to begin this May and we’ve confirmed that production would be taking place at Pinewood Studios UK in England.
The facility has been used for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, No Time To Die, Black Widow, Eternals, and will be used for Universal’s Jurassic Park 3.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Benedict Wong (Wong), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Karl Mordor) are set for the cast.
Rachel McAdams won’t be reprising the role of Christine Palmer aka Night Nurse, there is an expectation that there wasn’t much room for Christine with Clea (Strange’s peer and love interest) rumored to be introduced.
Other characters rumored to join the sequel include Jericho Drumm aka Brother Voodoo and American Chavez aka Miss America.
Voodoo and Clea had been mentioned as potential additions to Doctor Strange 2 previously by Derrickson.
The film’s villain has yet to be officially announced (outside of Mordo’s return), as Scott Derrickson had repeatedly said publicly he was going to attempt to use Nightmare.
Kevin Feige has confirmed that Disney+ shows WandaVision and Loki will interlink/setup the Doctor Strange sequel.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness has been set for release on May 7th, 2021 by Disney.
SOURCE: SCOTT DERRICKSON