With everyone’s attention now focused on Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel is quietly working on their next big property, Doctor Strange. Though we haven’t heard anything concrete on the film just yet, THR is reporting tonight that the studio is starting to meet with directors. Apparently there are four men in the running for the job and it’s a rather surprising list of candidates.
Here are the four confirmed filmmakers that the studio has met with, or will be meeting in the near future:
- Mark Andrews, co-writer and co-director of Brave
- Nikolaj Arcel, director of A Royal Affair
- Dean Israelite, director of Paramount’s delayed Welcome to Yesterday
- Jonathan Levine, director of The Wackness and 50/50.
No word on who the frontrunner may be but I can’t say that I expected to see any of these names attached to the project. Still, it’s an intriguing list and one that’s worth exploring a bit.
My pick out of the four would be Jonathan Levine, as he has shown skill when it comes to blending genres, which could bode well for Doctor Strange, and hasn’t made a bad film yet. Mark Andrews is an interesting candidate as well, as he’s been a key member of the Pixar team for a while now and has a knack for storytelling.
Admittedly, I’m not at all familiar with Arcel or Israelite so I can’t comment on if they’d be good choices or not. Although, A Royal Affair was quite well received when it was released and Arcel earned quite a bit of buzz for it.
Unfortunately, I would imagine that it will still be some time before the studio makes a decision. Perhaps by Comic-Con they’ll have something for us? It would certainly make sense to announced something like this there. I guess we’ll have to wait and see though.
Tell us, do you want to see any of these directors helm Doctor Strange? Is there someone else you would rather see take the job? Let us know!