Doctor Strange reigned for years over at Marvel Comics as Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. And if the rumors are true, it looks like Marvel is about to reward him for his years of loyal service with a movie of his own.
According to TwitchFilm, Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who wrote the upcoming Conan the Barbarian, were hired by Marvel in June 2010 to write a first draft of Doctor Strange, and:
Twitch has learned that Oppenheimer and Donnelly have now turned in their script and Marvel is pushing forward with the property. Marvel has drafted a short list of directors to approach on the title and is forwarding the current script to each to try and sign someone up to 'oversee continued development'.
TwitchFilm also writes that the signs point to a 2013 release.
So why does Doctor Strange get his own movie? He's awesome, to be sure, but he hasn't had a running series since 1996 (although he's made appearances in limited series and other titles). He also lost the title of Sorcerer Supreme to Brother Voodoo in 2009's Dark Reign storyline.
For one, fans love him and want more. And it can't hurt that popular TV star Patrick Dempsey (known to most of the world as McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy) has expressed interest in the part of the surgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme.
If it means anything, this isn't the first live-action movie based on Doctor Strange. That took place in 1978.
So if you ask yourelf "Why Doctor Strange?", the answer is "Why not?" We haven't had a reboot of a movie based on a comic book in days.
(via Twitch Film)