Superman may travel faster than the speed of light, but even that doesn’t hold a candle to the speed of the rumor mill surrounding comic book movies.
According to the Hollywood Reporter Marvel executives have narrowed down their search for the director who will take reign over their 2016 blockbuster Doctor Strange.
Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday), and Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) have all been tapped by high level Marvel execs to possibly direct one of the most anticipated films to come out of the studio.
All four, and their respective past films, make for an interesting discussion when it comes to who will take on Strange. Unlike Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Kenneth Branagh (Thor), and Joe Johnston (Captain America), neither of the four brought in for discussion have worked on a major blockbuster title.
No matter who ends up being appointed as head of the production, they’ll certainly bring a nuance we may not have seen in previous films.
It’s not just directors, either, who are being approached for “casting” so to speak. With Guardians of the Galaxy entering its press stage, the final leg of the production cycle, and Ant-Man already well into production, Marvel is looking to scrap together its core creative team before approaching potential actors.
Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, the writing team behind Pixar’s Kung-Fu Panda have also been approached by the studio to pen the script.
Aibel and Berger have worked primarily on comedic titles and shows, including MADtv, and if they’re the official creative team bringing Doctor Strange to the big screen, it’ll be interesting to see their depiction of the sarcastic dark magician based on Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s late ’60s comic.
Although an official release date hasn’t been set, prepare to see Doctor Strange sometime mid 2016.