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‘Sinister’ Scott Derrickson gets ‘Strange’

Marvel's Dr. Strange heading to big screen with Scott Derrickson directing
Marvel's Dr. Strange heading to big screen with Scott Derrickson directing

Although the director’s chair for Marvel’s “Ant-Man” recently vacated by Edgar Wright remains, well, vacant, the studio has tapped a helmer for another difficult adaptation. Scott Derrickson, best known for the horror flick “Sinister,” has been tapped to direct “Dr. Strange.” Deadline Hollywood and Business Insider are both reporting that Derrickson will take the reins on the adaptation of one of Marvel’s quirkier heroes.

Derrickson has also tweeted the news himself, along with a photo of himself holding a copy of the “Dr. Strange” comic book.

Derrickson made his feature directorial debut with “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” in 2005, and followed it up with the commercially and critically unpopular remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” in 2008. He rebounded four years later with the micro-budget horror thriller “Sinister,” which turned an impressive profit. Derrickson’s next feature, the horror movie “Deliver Us From Evil,” opens July 2nd.

Sharp-eared Marvel fans had already suspected “Dr. Strange” was in the pipeline following a line of dialogue in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” in which Stephen Strange is identified as one of a group of endangered special individuals. The character, created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko in 1963, is a brain surgeon who finds out he’s also the Sorcerer Supreme, charged with protecting the world from various supernatural menaces. Ditko’s artwork took on a particularly psychedelic look with “Dr. Strange,” which probably only increased the book’s popularity in the sixties.

A made-for-TV version, starring Peter Hooten in the title role, was made in 1978.