by: Sammy Mink

We’re hearing lots of rumors this week about Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick . While it’s clear Marvel is looking for a new writer and a new director (or possibly a writer/director hybrid), it seems like the short lists never seem to get any shorter.

centers on Dr. Stephen Strange, a young, arrogant surgeon with a promising , who loses his ability to operate after a terrible accident. Despondent and suicidal, Dr. Strange seeks advice from a mystical being known as the Ancient One and learns that he is the newly designated Sorceror Supreme, responsible for protecting the planet from evil. With his girlfriend Clea and his loyal assistant Wong in tow, Strange sets out to fulfill his destiny. The script will be based on the 1963 Stan Lee comic “Strange Tales No. 110.”

For , the list includes:
– director of Pixar’s “Brave”
– “Warm Bodies” and “50/50” director
– “Sinister” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” director
– director of “A Royal Affair”
– director of “Welcome to Yesterday”

Allegedly, there’s no one currently at the top of the list and we’re getting some reports that Arcel and Israelite might not be in contention at all. One thing is clear, though, Marvel doesn’t have a clear “type” in mind when it comes to for this project.

As for , the list is a bit more concise, consisting only of the writing team & who have written all the installments of DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda” series. The current draft of the script was penned by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, although it has gone through a number of since the project began.

We’ve also heard the names and come up through the rumor mill more than once for the lead role but Marvel producer Kevin Feige demurred, suggesting they might be looking for an up and coming actor rather than an established star.

As soon as they get the attachments they’re looking for, we expect Marvel to go into , hopefully dropping the project into one of their placeholder release dates in 2016.



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