Marvel Gets Writers for Doctor Strange Movie

Posted by No_name_here (1247 posts) - - Show Bio

 Doc Strange looks happier here than I've ever seen him. Don't you agree?

Could the Sorcerer Supreme finally be getting his fair shake at the big screen? Now, that Marvel's finally getting its ducks in a row with CAPTAIN AMERICA, IRON MAN, THOR and all the AVENGERS, I suppose it was only a matter of time before they started stirring DOCTOR STRANGE into their colossal cinematic cauldron. Deadline’s just reported that Marvel’s hired screenwriting  duo Thomas Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer to write a script about the famous Stephan Strange. The pair’s actually already had some experience with comic-based movie writing, having scripted the currently-shooting CONAN reboot as well as a draft of COWBOYS & ALIENS.

A DR. STRANGE movie’s been in development hell so long that, well, it should be extending into all those other horrible realms that Nightmare, Dormammu, Mordo  and so on like to inhabit. Names like Bob Gale, David S. Goyer, BLADE director Stephan Norrington and Guillermo del Toro have all been attached to this project, dating as far back as the year of my birth, 1986. Del Toro might sound like the best choice to direct this, actually, and, given that his schedule’s cleared up after he parted ways with THE HOBBIT, he might actually be available to do it. I can see it… Dr. Strange and Hellboy certainly have similar vibes already. == TEASER ==

The funny thing is that a lot of you Comic Vine maniacs might not realize that there’s actually already been a DR. STRANGE movie. It was a made-for-TV special starring Peter Hooten that aired on CBS in ’78. Unfortunately, it didn’t do well enough in ratings to warrant a continuing series, but the consensus seems to be that it was actually pretty well done for its time. I haven’t seen it myself but, now, thanks to “mystic arts” of the internet, all you maniacs can watch the beginning below… 


Bleeding Cool mentioned that Patrick Dempsey apparently really wants to play Doctor Strange.  

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. HYBRID BASTARDS! is available  here and UNIMAGINABLE is available here for pre-order on  

#1 Posted by shawn87 (2797 posts) - - Show Bio

im the question is who should portray him in the movie?

#2 Posted by MysterioMaximus (951 posts) - - Show Bio

I've really wanted a Dr. Strange movie. There's a lot of potential and he's so terribly underrated. I still say we get my dad to play him:

#3 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14517 posts) - - Show Bio

doesnt look that bad in its kind of old school way, nurse changing doll made me laugh

#4 Posted by Green Skin (2943 posts) - - Show Bio

Laim Neeson!!!   Christian Bale would be cool too.

#5 Posted by Green Skin (2943 posts) - - Show Bio
@MysterioMaximus said:
" I've really wanted a Dr. Strange movie. There's a lot of potential and he's so terribly underrated. I still say we get my dad to play him:
He's a dead ringer for Mordo!
#6 Posted by KNIGHT SAVIOR (1104 posts) - - Show Bio

l remember watching the TV movie Dr. Strange l only seen the one time from what l remember it was pretty good , l always hoped they was planning a Movie version back then
#7 Posted by MysterioMaximus (951 posts) - - Show Bio
@Green Skin said:
" @MysterioMaximus said:
" I've really wanted a Dr. Strange movie. There's a lot of potential and he's so terribly underrated. I still say we get my dad to play him:
He's a dead ringer for Mordo! "
I'm sure he'd take any role, he's such a huge Strange fan. =]
#8 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (8326 posts) - - Show Bio

Thor aside, this is one of the Marvel movies I'm most looking forward to seeing.

#9 Posted by Fire-brand (2342 posts) - - Show Bio

hmm, who would be a good strange... maybe johnny depp? (don't everyone crucify me at once)

#10 Posted by Murphiroth (90 posts) - - Show Bio

I've always thought Hugh Laurie would be a great Doctor Strange.

#11 Posted by PrinceSy (27 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't wait to hear more about this movie.

#12 Posted by CaptainGenisVell (324 posts) - - Show Bio

I've seen a few episodes of 'Being Erica' and I always said the therapist could just be Stephen Strange doing a side-job on the side of all his heroic stuff. lol

#13 Posted by Benzo (642 posts) - - Show Bio

stan lee should have the role! XD 

#14 Posted by Green ankh (1077 posts) - - Show Bio

Will SMith !!!! 
#15 Posted by Icemizer (181 posts) - - Show Bio

Lord that '78 tv movie was bad. I was so looking forward to it as a 12 year old and I still get nightmares.  This is a movie that Del Toro should be sought out for to direct. Someone with his vision could really unlock the mystery and magical elements needed for the Sorcerer Supreme. Wont know if the two writers are any good until I see the new Conan and C&A. They have lots of history to draw from though so it shouldnt be that hard.
#16 Posted by dvorak (188 posts) - - Show Bio

Dr. Strange is the greatest thing in comics. I'll basically pay for anything with him in it. 
Just take my money Marvel.

#17 Posted by JokerKing (3 posts) - - Show Bio
@Fire-brand:  Dude I've thought he'd make an amazing Doctor Strange for years. I'd back that horse 100%
#18 Posted by Nyogtha (356 posts) - - Show Bio

Too bad we can't raise Vincent Price from the dead, he'd be perfect. I've been hoping this movie was still being made. I always liked Dr. Strange so this is exciting.

#19 Posted by dondasch (930 posts) - - Show Bio

I would definitely love to see either Hugh Laurie or Liam Neeson portray Dr. Strange.  I'm leaning more toward Liam Neeson as he is a fantastic actor who did quite a good job of portraying Ra's Al Ghul.

#20 Edited by dvorak (188 posts) - - Show Bio

I think Viggo Mortensen could pull it off. I don't think he's into doing anything not directed by Cronenberg these days though. Of course Vincent Price is the obvious choice, which sadly isn't possible. Benecio Del Toro could be incredible. 
Edit: Also,  there's another question. Is this going to be teased after Thor, Cap, or Avengers?

#21 Posted by Namor1987 (2096 posts) - - Show Bio

Sweet about time they got the ball rolling on this one & Liam Neeson is good

#22 Posted by Joe Venom (1290 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know, I have really low expectations for this idea, I'll just have to leave it the hands of Marvel to make me a believer through previews and trailers. But if for any reason Nicolas Cage is cast as Strange! done

#23 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (26668 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tom Pinchuk: so many wonderful pictures of Strange you could have used, that one makes him look like a freaking porn star XD
#24 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29813 posts) - - Show Bio

Giant scary CG Dormammu, here we come! :D :D :D

#25 Posted by Chaos Burn (1880 posts) - - Show Bio

Meh... i dunno... a Dr.Strange film seems very psychodellic... i think itd have to be a lot less realistically serious like Iron Man and Thor seems to be....

#26 Posted by Freddy.Mercurial (152 posts) - - Show Bio

DANIEL DAY LEWIS.  'nuff said...

#27 Posted by sora_thekey (8650 posts) - - Show Bio

Patrick Dempsey... Well that could work...
I have grown to care for the character so I really would want a Strange movie! Especially if it's anything like the animated movie... which BTW I think was my favorite Marvel animated.

#28 Posted by doordoor123 (3810 posts) - - Show Bio


#29 Posted by MemnochZERO (147 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm just gonna put it this way: 
if they DON'T hire Bruce Campbell, I will NOT go see this film.
#30 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio
@.Mistress Redhead. said:
" @Tom Pinchuk: so many wonderful pictures of Strange you could have used, that one makes him look like a freaking porn star XD "
LOL it was the 70s every male actor looked like a porn star back then. Puffy hair and the bad mustache was all the rage, way to go Burt Reynolds!
#31 Posted by TheMess1428 (2211 posts) - - Show Bio

Patrick Dempsey? Wow...

#32 Posted by danhimself (21281 posts) - - Show Bio

Tom Selleck gets my vote to play Dr. Strange
#33 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19148 posts) - - Show Bio
@MysterioMaximus said:
" I've really wanted a Dr. Strange movie. There's a lot of potential and he's so terribly underrated. I still say we get my dad to play him:
looks like Tim Curry
#34 Posted by No_name_here (1247 posts) - - Show Bio
@.Mistress Redhead.: Ha ha... I know. Why do you think I picked it?
#35 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (26668 posts) - - Show Bio
@Tom Pinchuk said:
" @.Mistress Redhead.: Ha ha... I know. Why do you think I picked it? "
It's dirty and wrong, I must go wash myself and scrub off the dirty picture lol
#36 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (8658 posts) - - Show Bio

Is FOX making this film? I hope not.

#37 Posted by Sheep-Kill (739 posts) - - Show Bio

Del Toro yes!!!!!! 
Actor I would have to go for Daniel Day Lewis or Huge Laurie

#38 Posted by JDevil (60 posts) - - Show Bio
@Green ankh said:
" Will SMith !!!!   joke "
#39 Posted by Thor'sHammer (74 posts) - - Show Bio

Hugh Laurie is a genius pick, because House is almost what the first part of the Doc Strange movie should be.  According to the good Doctor's origin, he was a sarcastic, pompous fool who was a revered specialist while remaining a miserable human being. 

#40 Posted by Bruce Vain (1833 posts) - - Show Bio

Patrick Dempsey would be good as Dr. Strange , but I always saw Johnny Depp as Strange. 


#41 Posted by xerox_kitty (17338 posts) - - Show Bio

Holy s&!£, I never knew there was an old cheesy Hammer Horror-esque Doctor Strange!  It's terrible... but I love it! 
But I really do hope they make a new & good-quality movie.  I love the character :)

#42 Posted by Bats (147 posts) - - Show Bio

Well it's about damn time the Sorcerer Supreme got his due! 

I'd think Ed Norton would have been pretty good - if he could deepen his voice a bit.
I heard he is a fan and based his character in "The Illusionist" on Stephen Strange.
But he's already locked up as The Hulk of course. 
Depp would be good as a younger-ish looking Strange, plus he's great at these sorta roles.

Liam Neeson would be awesome - his got the look, height and regal vibe for the role.
I never thought of Viggo Mortensen before - but that's a damn good choice!
He'd kick ass I think.

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#45 Posted by Chaos Prime (11585 posts) - - Show Bio

For me the only actor that could bring the best out of Dr Strange would be Mr Depp..

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