'Sinister' Director Near Deal to Helm Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

'Sinister' Director Near Deal to Helm Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI)–Marvel has moved forward with its Doctor Strange adaptation.

The studio is reportedly in negotiations with Scott Derrickson to direct the film. The director is best known for his 2012 movie Sinister, and is expected to sign a deal in the near future.

Kevin Feige (X-Men, Iron Man, The Avengers) is already confirmed as producer, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Stephen Broussard as executive producers.

Doctor Stephen Strange is a neurosurgeon turned superhero in the original comics. He serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, and defends Earth from magical and mystical threats. Strange possesses several magical items, including the Cloak of Levitation that allows him to fly. In addition, he draws powers from mystical beings that enhance his abilities as a sorcerer.

“[Strange is] a great standalone character,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly before the project took off. “He’s got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven’t done yet. There’s a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on.”

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