Doctor Strange Director Talks About How Bad He Wanted The Project

Marvel Studios recently announced that Scott Derrickson would be helming a film based on Doctor Strange. Derrickson has had success with films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister before, but he tells JoBlo that nothing compares to how badly he wanted to be involved with Doctor Strange.

"I wanted it really bad," Derrickson said. "More than any other project that I've gone after, I felt compelled to do everything in my power to get on that project. Genuinely felt like I was the right guy to do it."

Derrickson says that he expected negativity following the announcement, but has been surprised by how positive the reactions from fans have been.

"I think the nicest surprise for me, the most unexpected surprise, is the positive reaction. Both to me getting the film - I guess I expected the detractors, and they just haven't been there, it's all been quite positive. More than that, it's just the general enthusiasm for Doctor Strange. I think people who know the comic world and the Marvel universe, they all feel the same way I do, which is, "This is the Marvel movie we're all ready to see now." This movie needs to exist. The outpouring of excitement that people have shown is the thing I've been most pleasantly surprised."

Doctor Strange will be part of Marvel's cinematic Phase 3. The role of Doctor Strange has yet to be cast.