During an interview with Empire Magazine, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked about the upcoming Doctor Strange film, specifically about its director. He was asked if the hiring of Scott Derrickson, who is mainly known for his work on horror films, meant that this film would be of a similar genre. Feige responded with:
I would say you can certainly look at the past work of the filmmakers we hire as a bit of an indication for the tone of the movie, but not necessarily everything. The Russos, who are well known for their sitcoms, there is nothing sitcom about The Winter Soldier! No, I wouldn’t say just because he has only done horror movies means that Doctor Strange is going to be a horror movie. It means he is a talented filmmaker who we think could add something unique and very fresh to the particular franchise. But there could be scary moments. There are scary moments in all our movies! There are some scary people that Strange has to deal with, I will say.
Well said, Mr. Feige. I was certainly one of the many who questioned Marvel’s choice of directors for The Winter Soldier but was blown away with the results. At this point, I’ve decided to have full faith in their casting decisions. Yes, Derrickson does have a long history of directing horror films like Hellraiser: Inferno, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil. But for a character whose villains include Dormammu, Mephisto, Lilith, and Nightmare, wouldn’t you want someone with a horror background to help make these (pardon the pun) strange characters believable? I know I would.
Besides, with Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (who have done movies like Sahara and Conan The Barbarian) writing the film, I’m expecting Doctor Strange to have a good horror undertone with plenty of action scenes to keep us interested.
We’ll keep you posted on any upcoming news about the good doctor. Until then, pray to the gods of the Vishanti that some info will show up San Diego Comic Con!
SOURCE: Bleeding Cool