Howdy, Strange…er than the next guy.
Deadline reports that Marvel has hired Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write a screenplay for the studio’s Dr. Strange character. This will likely be the first collaboration between Disney and Marvel since they joined forces last year (or maybe all the paperwork etc was completed early this year. Not sure. Don’t really care right now.).
Oppenheimer and Donnelly wrote the script for the in-progress “Conan the Barbarian” remake and also wrote a draf of “Cowboys & Aliens” for Jon Favreau. They also wrote a screenplay for the videogame “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.”
Here’s the Dr. Strange story:
Originated in 1963 by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Dr. Strange was a self-centered New York surgeon robbed of his touch after a car accident. After a stint as a wandering derelict, he found his way to a healer in the Himalayas, where he learned to tap into psychic powers to battle evil wizards and other wrongdoers. His mind is his weapon, rather than the brute force that distinguish most memorable Marvel heroes.
Well, I love a man whose mind is his weapon. Does this Dr. Strange have a girlfriend?
Numerous other writers and directors have tried to bring Dr. Strange to the big screen, including Bob Gale, Wes Craven, David Goyer, Stephen Norrington and Guillermo del Toro. Hey, Guillermo’s got a hole in his schedule–why not recruit him to direct?