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Screenwriter Jon Spaihts got his first taste of big summer blockbuster world a couple years ago when he was enlisted by Ridley Scott to write the earliest drafts of what would end up being Prometheus, but now he is getting his next chance over at Marvel Studios. New reports have surfaced saying that Spaihts is in talks to become the latest writer to get to work on Doctor Strange, the upcoming superhero movie that is being planned as part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This news comes to us via Deadline, which sadly doesn't have any info regarding how Marvel is playing to approach the comic book Sorcerer Supreme plot-wise. Earlier this month it was announced that horror director Scott Derrickson, best known for movies like Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, is helming the project. This makes Spaihts' hiring into a bit of a headscratcher, as early reports suggested that Marvel was looking for a writer/director to take control of Doctor Strange, and Derrickson fits that description. It's possible that either the rumors from earlier were wrong or that the studio just changed its mind.
While things seem to be progressing forward behind the camera, the production is still working to try and find the actor who they can cast in the titular role. As we've reported previously, both Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch remain on Marvel Studios' wishlist, but another possible candidate is Dallas Buyers Club Oscar winner Jared Leto. Obviously nothing is even close to a done deal yet, and we can probably expect a lot more speculation to travel down the wire in the coming weeks.
The original Doctor Strange script that Marvel Studios had in development for years and years was written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, Conan The Barbarian), but unfortunately the report about Spaihts' possible hiring doesn't mention if he will be starting from scratch or working on the pre-existing draft. In addition to Prometheus (which was eventually re-written by Damon Lindelof), Spaiht's other credits include the Russian set alien invasion thriller The Darkest Hour and the upcoming Mummy reboot in the works over at Universal.
First introduced in the 1960s, the comic book character Dr. Stephen Strange was an extremely gifted surgeon who lost the use of his hands during a fateful car crash. With his life seemingly destroyed, Strange begins a worldwide search for some kind of cure. It's in the Himalayas where he discovers a hermit known as the Ancient One, and under his tutelage he becomes a master of magic. Doctor Strange doesn't have a release date yet, but don't be surprised if that important bit of info either comes around in the next few weeks or is revealed at San Diego Comic-Con late next month.