The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring "Doctor Strange" sequel will have to
conjure up a new director.
11 Jan – Scott Derrickson recently announced that he has left his directorial role in the "Doctor Strange" sequel, "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness".
He tweeted that it was a mutual agreement on both his and Marvel's sides to part ways "due to creative differences". Despite this, the filmmaker will stay on as executive producer.
Variety also shared a similar statement from Marvel, who added that they "remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU."
Though in the past both Derrickson and Marvel had made it clear the sequel would incorporate horror elements, it's possible the creative differences stemmed from exactly how far they wanted to dip their toes into the genre.
With Derrickson having directed acclaimed horror flicks like "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Sinister" before, it would be unsurprising if he wanted to go scarier than Marvel did.
Derrickson also directed the 2016 "Doctor Strange", the origin story of the eponymous surgeon-turned-superhero, so fans were keen for him to continue with the sequel.
Derrickson seen here with Benedict Cumberbatch (left), who starred as Doctor Stephen Strange,
at San Diego Comic-con 2016 (Photo source: Alberto E. Rodriguez | Getty Images North America).
It's not clear who will replace him, but the search for a new director likely won't delay the expected release date of early May 2021, since production was only going to begin this May.
Before we can watch "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness", there will be 3 other MCU Phase 4 films. The first is Black Widow's long-anticipated solo movie, releasing this May.
"Eternals" in November will be the first in possibly a new Marvel series, starring Angelina Jolie, Kit Harrington and Richard Madden. February 2021 will see "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings", Marvel's first film with an Asian lead, before Doctor Strange returns to theatres.
In early December last year, Derrickson confirmed his return to R-rated horror. He and C. Robert Cargill, who was a co-writer for his movie "Sinister", will be working on an adaptation of a Joe Hill story. The script is done, so perhaps his departure as director would allow that movie to be released sooner than expected.