AceShowbiz - More than a decade after successfully bringing the lore of Spider-Man to big screen, Sam Raimi is about to re-enter Marvel Universe. The filmmaker has been named a potential director for "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness".
According to Variety which first reported the news, the 60-year-old director is currently in talks with Marvel Studios for the gig. He is touted to replace Scott Derrickson, who stepped down from the directing role in January of this year due to "creative differences."
"Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences," Derrickson confirmed his departure via Instagram. "I am thankful for out collaboration," he continued, adding that he would remain on the project as an executive producer.
Production on the film is due to begin in May 2020 and Marvel has stated that they don't expect this schedule to be affected by the change in directors. The studio, however, has not commented on Raimi's possible involvement in the "Doctor Strange" sequel.
Raimi is no stranger to Marvel's superhero, having directed the "Spider-Man" trilogy for Sony Pictures, with Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger a.k.a. Peter Parker. The filmmaker, who is also known for creating the cult horror "Evil Dead" series, then returned to his roots by directing 2009's supernatural horror film "Drag Me to Hell". His last directing gig was for 2013's "Oz the Great and Powerful".
Benedict Cumberbatch is on board to reprise his role as the Sorcerer Supreme a.k.a. the title character in the "Doctor Strange" sequel, with Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being expected to appear in the film. Jade Bartlett was hired in October as the writer for "Doctor Strange 2", which is slated for a May 7, 2021 release in the United States.