Doctor Strange has been shooting for a while now, but it only today was it revealed that the movie has landed a new writer. Sinister scribe C. Robert Cargill took to Twitter and Facebook earlier to confirm that he’s secretly been working on the screenplay for director Scott Derrickson (who he worked with on Sinister) and Marvel Studios for the past year.
“It’s not a secret anymore. For those of you who don’t know what I’ve been doing for the past year, I’ve been writing DOCTOR STRANGE for Marvel Studios,” said Cargill. “And I couldn’t be happier or prouder. Our cast and crew are amazing and I’m having the best time.”
It’s genuinely very surprising that this has been kept under wraps for so long, especially as this is the kind of story which quickly finds its way into the trades. Regardless, Cargill and Derrickson have a lot of history outside of Sinister. They’ve also worked on a big screen adaptation of video game Deus Ex and a handful of other projects, so seeing them reuniting for Doctor Strange isn’t really a shocker.
The first draft of Doctor Strange was penned by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian) before Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) was brought in. It was widely believed that he was the movie’s writer until Cargill made this announcement today, so it should be pretty interesting to see how this collaboration pans out for the Sorcerer Supreme.