A bump in the road for the next Doctor Strange movie.
Scott Derrickson, who directed Marvel‘s Doctor Strange in 2016, has exited the follow-up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The split between the two has officially been described as mutual, with the usual “creative differences” being cited as the cause.
“Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ due to creative differences,” Marvel said in a statement. “We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.”
Derrickson, whose directorial credits include horror hits The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister, hit Twitter with the following, stating that he will still be attached to the film in executive producer capacity:
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
Derrickson described the planned sequel as “the first scary MCU film” when it was announced back in July. The film will have Benedict Cumberbatch back in the title role, with Elizabeth Olsen joining him as Scarlet Witch.
Marvel is reportedly moving quickly to get a new director on the project. The plan is to keep the May production start and the US release date of May 7, 2021.