Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson has responded to the reports that Spider-Man filmmaker Sam Raimi is set to take over work on the Marvel sequel, calling him a “great choice”.
While Derrickson was originally on board to step back into the director’s chair on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it was confirmed last month that he and Marvel Studios had decided to “part ways” on the project.
Jump forward to this week, and it was reported that Marvel is currently in talks with Sam Raimi, who directed the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy – and it looks like the move has even got Derrickson’s approval.
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“I’ve worked with Sam Raimi,” the director posted on Twitter today (February 6). “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.”
Derrickson confirmed that he would no longer direct the next Doctor Strange movie in a Twitter update shared in January, which revealed that he would still be working as an executive producer on the project.
“Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences,” Derrickson’s official announcement read.
“I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.”
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Despite the creative shake-ups behind the scenes, production on Doctor Strange 2 is still expected to go ahead in summer, with a recent casting call for extras bringing with it a synopsis that teased the return of a familiar face.
The film is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame and will feature the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange as he’s joined by Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due to be released on May 7, 2021.
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