It was just a couple hours ago when we said that Doctor Strange retained Thor’s scientific advisor, indicating the film was still alive. Though, with reports of Captain America 2 and the Nick Fury/S.H.I.E.L.D. film, it seemed liked fitting it in one of the 2014 spots was too optimistic. Now, a report has come in that pushes the production of the film on to the fast track, all starting with the script going out to directors.
FansShare (via Latino-Review) reports that the script from Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer has been handed in, and Marvel is now actively seeking a director to helm the project. Once that happens, casting will begin, and production could likely begin sometime this year.
Even more so, the website seemingly provides a synopsis as well:
Doctor Strange centres around a New York surgeon, who stops running his practice after suffering injuries in a car crash. He then becomes a drifter and heads to the Himalayas, where he meets a healer and discovers that he has a great psychic power to fight against evil. Doctor Strange boasts powers that includes telepathy, teleportation and energy and astral projection.
It’s said that the budget will be lower than ones of Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America, especially given the fact that Strangeis a lesser known hero. But, does this report seem accurate, or just simply premature? We still have yet to hear from Marvel for confirmation, and this is all purely reported at this point.
It should be interesting to note, however, that Summer 2013 is one of the first without a multiple Marvel presence in years, asIron Man 3 is currently the only Marvel film of next summer. Now, either Marvel is seeking to fast track an X-Men: First Classsequel, or they could easily begin production on Doctor Strangein the early summer for a release late next summer, given that Thor 2 won’t hit theaters until Thanksgiving 2013.
We’ll keep you updated as the reports progress on the film.