Levine or Derrickson: Who should direct Doctor Strange?

I look at both Jonathan Levine and Scott Derrickson (two directors who are on the shortlist and two I think would be very fit) and give my verdict on who should direct the big screen debut of, The Sorcerer Supreme.

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By Nick Salinski - 3/22/2014

The Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange has had a long road to the big screen and Marvel Studios may be bringing that road to an end, as they look for a director/writer(s) for the Phase Three film. Two directors on the short list are Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still) and Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies). These two I think would make for some fantastic director choices for, Doctor Strange but the question remains: Who should helm Doctor Strange? Let's take a look at these choices and make a verdict shall we?

Jonathan Levine

Jonathan Levine is a great up and coming director and with films like 50/50 and Warm Bodies in his filmography, he has a bright future ahead of him. So, what would make Levine a great choice to direct the feature film debut of, The Sorcerer Supreme? It's all about Levine's dramatic chops as a director. While Warm Bodies is a fun, funny and quirky take on the Zomibie genre as well as give Levine experience with more action-y films. 50/50 proves that he can give us not only a great story with interesting characters for us to care about but, the drama and tension that is given to us in that film along with the fantastic performances proves that not only is Levine a great up and comer who is a force to be reckoned with but also, a fantastic pick for Doctor Strange. In case I haven't made it clear enough for you guys. In order for Doctor Strange to work and for him to be believed to share the same universe as the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Incredible Hulk and to be a great film, you need the drama. Drama creates tension and conflict and giving us a dramatic story in a fantastical world like Doctor Strange not only helps us belive that it is possible but, helps us believe that he is a part of the universe created by, Marvel Studios.

Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson is mostly known for his works in the realm of horror and the supernatural. He has one big special effects film under his belt and while it's not a good film, Derrickson seems to do his best work when he's writing the films he is directing. I am a huge fan of, SInister and I recently watched, The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Scott Derrickson is fantastic in the realm of supernatural and horror which is a strength that Doctor Strange as a film, could benefit from. The Exorcism of Emily Rose wasn't a scary film by any means but, it was a compelling courtroom drama with some truly horrific moments in it. While Sinister, was a very creepy film and as with Emily Rose , has some fantastic acting in it. I thought it blended the supernatural very well with our world and made you believe that such a world could exist within ours. Doctor Strange would be more family friendly than said films but, given that Scott Derrickson has done a fantastic job blending our world with the possibilities of the supernatural world with some great drama and tension.

Key words throughout this article has been drama and tension. While any film would need this, it is especially true with films dealing with magic and the supernatural which Marvel Studios would be introducing to us through, Doctor Strange. That being said,  I've made my verdict on who should direct, Doctor Strange. If you have your own choices or want to comment about mine, make sure to comment below. Who do I think should direct, Doctor Strange?

Scott Derrickson. While I was high on the idea of, Jonathan Levine directing Doctor Strange due to his dramatic chops. Scott Derrickson has experience with special effects, horror and the supernatural. How he easily blends our world with the idea of the possibility of supernatural with great drama and tension, I feel makes him the obvious choice to direct the film despite going many popular choices like David Yates, whom directed the fantastic last four Harry Potter films.

What are your guys' thoughts? Comment below and as always, please be respectful when you do. I apologize for no pictures in the article as I am getting adjusted to using the new tools given in the new article/manage articles page.

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TheMexicanSuperman - 3/22/2014, 12:15 PM
Guillermo Del Toro... nuff said.
Bekss - 3/22/2014, 12:36 PM
I think Feige already said the short list is not true and that there is no short list yet.
But I don't have problems whit this guys.
MrSotoMan - 3/22/2014, 5:01 PM
Hmm, from what Fiege on who he said he wanted. It's a dream BUT IF possible or if somehow a fan of Marvel Studios

Baz Luhrmann

batz11 - 3/22/2014, 7:52 PM
Soto, like that choice!
sKeemAn - 3/22/2014, 8:06 PM
I say Derrickson for the reasons you stated above. He could bring a suspenseful/horror tone to a supernatural movie.
MightyZeus - 3/22/2014, 8:27 PM
I'd maybe say Derrickson for now but it's too hard to tell which director will get assigned on the project.
MrSotoMan - 3/23/2014, 6:42 AM
“Are you watching the Cosmos series? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable,” he said. “If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic? You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer — ‘How is this happening?!’ — and nothing.”

He added, “Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip.”

-Kevin Fiege

Stand by choice, Baz Luhrmann, he is immediately who I thought of when he said Ditko/Kubrick/Miyzazaki/The Matrix mind-trip.
TheCaptain - 3/23/2014, 9:30 AM
Of the two, definitely Derrickson. Loved Sinister.
Dandy - 3/23/2014, 11:22 AM
Between these two, I'd go with Levine. 50/50 was great and anyone who can take Romeo & Juliet and turn it into a solid zombie flick has my vote.
mamoonNorz - 3/23/2014, 12:28 PM
Levine should direct the film and, Derrickson should write the film.
TheDemonsHead - 3/23/2014, 1:15 PM
Anyone but Tim burton.... Can you imagine what that cracky would do with Dr.Strange
HypeExMachina - 3/23/2014, 3:19 PM
The Raid's Gareth Evans should direct Doctor STrange
does anyone agree?
novaprime - 3/23/2014, 3:20 PM
Scott dereckson
Snotzo - 3/23/2014, 8:50 PM
Derrickson makes sense and has a closer background to handle Strange. However, Levine's style is more inline with Marvel movies and is probably the better choice.
loki668 - 3/24/2014, 12:35 AM
NO TIM BURTON!!!!

Beyond that, I'm open to suggestions. But I must, strenuously, insist

NO TIM [frick]ING, ONE-TRICK PONY, BUBBLE-GUM GOTH BURTON!!!!!!!!!!!!
diabolik - 3/24/2014, 6:24 AM
Guillermo del Toro?
dethpillow - 3/24/2014, 1:08 PM
del Toro for Thor 3 gets my vote.
actually i would take him on anything, if he really wanted to do it.

but i see him best with Thor or Hulk. maybe Inhumans, but in this fantasy land, i have David Lynch doing Inhumans so i don't wanna mess with that.
dethpillow - 3/24/2014, 1:08 PM
Del Toro for Animal Man!!!
do it
dethpillow - 3/24/2014, 1:13 PM
Doctor Strange is a tough one.
he's kind of a dickhead in comics. most of the time. like just no fun. and stiff. there's a bunch of ways to do him, but you gotta pick one and go with it. it's gonna be interesting to see how they choose to do it.

Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Hulk are probably the three characters i'm most curious about how they'll do they're next movies.

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