Not content to be helming, quite possibly, the biggest two-movie franchise in the coming years in the form of “The Hobbit” movies, Guillermo Del Toro is now toying with the idea of directing a live-action movie version of the Doctor Strange comic books. And guess who he wants to write it? Who else but Neil Gaiman?
“I talked with Neil Gaiman [about writing it],” he tells us. “I said, that’s an interesting character because you can definitely make him more in the pulpy occult detective/magician mould and formula than was done in the Weird Tales, for example…the idea of a character that really dabbles in the occult in a way that’s not X-Filey, where the supernatural is taken for granted. That’s interesting…But I wouldn’t use the suit!”
Obviously slotting a possible “Doctor Strange” live-action movie in 2009 is a bit optimistic. Waaaaaaay optimistic, in fact, but hey, why not?
More about the character (via):
Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe, responsible for defending it from mystic threats. He is a master of the mystic arts, using his abilities to battle evil magicians and other supernatural villains. He is also often consulted by other superheroes on supernatural matters.
For those unfamiliar with Doctor Strange, Marvel already released an animated movie in 2007, and the character actually got made into a live-action movie in the late ’70s.