View Full Version : Scott Derrickson steps down as Doctor Strange 2 director

January 19th, 2020, 14:12
Well, this is a surprising turn of events. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, easily the most fantastically titled and one of the most hotly expected upcoming films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has lost director Scott Derrickson. Derrickson, who helmed 2016’s Doctor Strange and introduced Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme to the MCU, tweeted out the news himself revealing that the reason for his vacating the director’s chair is once again that old Hollywood go-to of “creative differences”.
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Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2020 (https://twitter.com/scottderrickson/status/1215428331450953728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw)
</figure>What’s interesting though that, as the filmmaker mentions, he will actually still remain onboard as executive producer. In a statement to Variety (https://variety.com/2020/film/news/doctor-strange-in-the-multiverse-of-madness-director-scott-derrickson-drops-out-marvel-1203462569/) about Derrickson’s departure that echoed the director’s sentiments, Marvel also noted that both parties reached this decision “amicably”. So this doesn’t appear to be another Edgar Wright situation where the filmmaker and studio disagree so vehemently on a film that it sours all relations. Which makes his decision to step down even more bizarre.
Derrickson, who co-wrote the original film with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts, was one of the big reasons for what made the first Doctor Strange film so unique. Its trippy, mind-bending visuals and time-rewinding shenanigans led it to being a huge critical success and earning $677.7 million worldwide. Before joining the MCU, Derrickson had been known primarily as a horror director with films like Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Marvel had been looking to leverage those skills, with Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently revealing that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would boast several PG-13 horror elements. Will that approach change under a new director?