Scott Derrickson set to direct Labyrinth sequel

Scott Derrickson is set to direct the sequel to the 1986 cult classic, Labyrinth.The fantasy drama, helmed by Jim Henson, starred Jennifer Connelly as a teenage girl named Sarah who goes on a mission to rescue her baby brother after he was kidnapped by…

Scott Derrickson is set to direct the sequel to the 1986 cult classic, Labyrinth.

The fantasy drama, helmed by Jim Henson, starred Jennifer Connelly as a teenage girl named Sarah who goes on a mission to rescue her baby brother after he was kidnapped by the Goblin King, as played by David Bowie.

The iconic movie featured an array of puppets created by the team at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and a soundtrack co-written by Bowie and composer Trevor Jones.

And on Tuesday, it was announced that Derrickson will be helming the follow-up, with Jim’s son Brian Henson serving as executive producer alongside the director and C. Robert Cargill.

Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company is onboard as producer, and Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed Into the Dark, will pen the script, according to editors at Variety.

The original has become a cult classic since its release in June 1986, with spin-off comic books, video games, and even a replica of the film’s masquerade ball, which is held annually.

A release date for the Labyrinth sequel has not yet been confirmed.

The news comes after Derrickson exited his gig as director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in January following creative differences with Marvel bosses.

Sam Raimi is now helming the follow-up, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and is slated for release in 2021.

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Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 release dates pushed back

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that …

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, had been moved to 5 November 2021 from its original date of 16 July 2021, while the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had been postponed by six months to October 2022.

On the same day, Disney bosses made more changes to their schedule, announcing that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer, would no longer be coming to cinemas on 5 November 2021, but on 25 March 2022. They have also decided to move up Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder by a week in February 2022.

In addition, Paramount officials confirmed that they are delaying the release of the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies, starring Tom Cruise. The crew was preparing to film in Venice, Italy when the pandemic hit and they were forced to halt production. The seventh, which was due to be released on 23 July 2021, will now debut four months later on 19 November 2021, while the eighth will come out on 4 November 2022.

Elsewhere in release date news, Tom Holland’s much-delayed video game adaptation Uncharted has been brought forward from October 2021 to July 2021, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s comedy Man From Toronto has been shifted from this November to September 2021, Chris Pratt’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Tomorrow War will now open on 23 July 2021, and the Paw Patrol movie will debut on 20 August 2021.

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Sam Raimi confirms involvement with Doctor Strange sequel

Sam Raimi has confirmed his involvement in the Doctor Strange sequel.It was reported in February that the Evil Dead filmmaker would be helming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the power…

Sam Raimi has confirmed his involvement in the Doctor Strange sequel.

It was reported in February that the Evil Dead filmmaker would be helming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the powerful sorcerer.

Raimi, who previously directed the Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, recently spoke about his involvement with the Marvel gig, but stopped short of confirming he’ll direct.

“I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters. He was so original,” he quipped during a press junket to promote his upcoming Quibi series, 50 States of Fright, according to GamesRadar+.

He also talked about a scene in Spider-Man 2, in which Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, played by J.K. Simmons, discusses what nickname he should give Doctor Octavius, who is terrorising New York City. When the name Doctor Strange is suggested, Jameson notes that it’s perfect, but “is already taken”.

“When we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project,” Raimi explained.

Raimi is believed to be replacing Scott Derrickson, who stepped down from the project due to creative differences with Marvel, although he’s still attached to serve as an executive producer. Derrickson has publicly declared his support for Raimi on Twitter.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released in November 2021.

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Chris Evans and Scott Derrickson joining forces for Bermuda – report

Chris Evans is reportedly circling the lead role in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Bermuda Triangle thriller.The Doctor Strange director dropped out of making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences in January. However, Der…

Chris Evans is reportedly circling the lead role in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Bermuda Triangle thriller.

The Doctor Strange director dropped out of making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences in January. However, Derrickson has now found his next project, with editors at Variety reporting that he has signed on to rewrite and direct Bermuda, with fellow Marvel star Evans reportedly in the frame for the lead.

Plot details for the movie are top secret, but it will be set in the mysterious patch of the Caribbean where planes and ships have gone missing over the years.

Derrickson retweeted the news and told his Twitter followers he was thrilled to be reuniting with his writing partner C. Robert Cargill to redraft the script.

“Very happy to be back writing with my genius partner @Massawyrm – more news soon to come,” he wrote.

The project has been in development at Skydance since 2013, with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi circling the film at one stage. Coincidentally, Raimi is now helming the Doctor Strange sequel following Derrickson’s departure.

After the news was announced, screenwriters and producers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon tweeted, “To clarify, this is an original project of ours we set up at @skydance almost a decade ago. It’s a story we’ve always been passionate about and we know @scottderrickson and @Massawyrm and @ChrisEvans are gonna hit it out of the park. We need more original movies! #bermudatriangle.”

Derrickson will also executive produce Bermuda alongside producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn.

Evans is yet to confirm his involvement in the project. He was recently seen in Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out and will soon star in Apple TV series Defending Jacob. He is also attached to play dentist Orin Scrivello in the Little Shop of Horrors remake.

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Scott Derrickson ‘never had opportunity’ to write script before departing Doctor Strange sequel

Scott Derrickson “never had the opportunity” to start writing the script for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before he left the movie.Last month, the filmmaker exited the follow-up to the 2016 Marvel superhero movie, which stars Benedict Cu…

Scott Derrickson “never had the opportunity” to start writing the script for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before he left the movie.

Last month, the filmmaker exited the follow-up to the 2016 Marvel superhero movie, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong, and cited “creative differences” as the reason for quitting as director.

Rumours had swirled that Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill had written a script that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige was unhappy with, leading to them to both quit the sequel.

However, Cargill took to Twitter over the weekend to shoot down the reports and reveal that they hadn’t even penned a draft.

“Since it keeps coming up in news stories, it’s worth noting that Scott and I never had the opportunity to write a draft of MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, so whatever they are working with now isn’t derivative of our work,” he shared.

“I am of course very excited to see where they take Stephen next,” Cargill added, referencing Doctor Strange’s alter ego, Stephen Strange.

According to IMDb, the screenplay for the sequel has been written by Michael Waldron, who helped write the first episode of the upcoming Disney+ series, Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston as the antihero.

Sam Raimi is currently in negotiations to helm the mystical sequel, and Derrickson recently gave his approval to the news in a touching post on Twitter.

“I’ve worked with Sam Raimi. One of the nicest people I’ve known in the film business, and as a director, a true living legend,” he wrote. “What a great choice to take over Doctor Strange.”

Production on the sequel, which will also star Chiwetel Ejiofor and Elizabeth Olsen, is scheduled to begin in May.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set for release in May 2021.

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Scott Derrickson approves of Sam Raimi as director of Doctor Strange sequel

Director Scott Derrickson has described Sam Raimi as a “great choice” for his rumoured replacement on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.The filmmaker, who helmed the first mystical Marvel movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch back in 2016, left…

Director Scott Derrickson has described Sam Raimi as a “great choice” for his rumoured replacement on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The filmmaker, who helmed the first mystical Marvel movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch back in 2016, left the sequel last month due to “creative differences”.

It was reported on Thursday that Raimi is now in the running to take over, after his hugely successful stint directing the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy from 2002 to 2007, and Derrickson couldn’t be happier with the speculation.

“I’ve worked with Sam Raimi. One of the nicest people I’ve known in the film business, and as a director, a true living legend,” he wrote on Twitter. “What a great choice to take over Doctor Strange.”

Last month, the 53-year-old confirmed he had departed the Doctor Strange sequel, but will still be serving as executive producer on the superhero blockbuster.

“Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences,” Derrickson shared on social media. “I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.”

If he signs on, the sequel will mark Raimi’s first time directing a film since 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful.

Production on the sequel, which sees the return of Cumberbatch alongside Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Elizabeth Olsen, who will be playing her Avengers character Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, is scheduled to begin in May.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set for release in May 2021.

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Sam Raimi in talks to direct Doctor Strange 2 – report

Sam Raimi is reportedly in talks to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.According to editors at Variety, the filmmaker – who helmed Marvel’s hugely successful Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire – is in discussions to join the comi…

Sam Raimi is reportedly in talks to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

According to editors at Variety, the filmmaker – who helmed Marvel’s hugely successful Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire – is in discussions to join the comic book movie studio once again, replacing original director Scott Derrickson on the project.

Last month, Derrickson announced he was departing the follow-up to the 2016 fantasy starring Benedict Cumberbatch due to “creative differences” with bosses at the studio. He will stay on as an executive producer.

Production on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to begin in May, with Cumberbatch returning to the fold as the titular sorcerer. Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor are set to return as Wong and villain Karl Mordo, respectively, while Elizabeth Olsen will be reprising her Avengers role of Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff.

However, Rachel McAdams, who played Strange’s colleague Christine Palmer in the original, is not expected to return.

Fans are sure to be thrilled about Raimi joining the film, as his 2004 movie Spider-Man 2 is widely considered to be one of the best comic book flicks of all time.

And his three Spider-Man movies, which also starred Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and J.K. Simmons, have raked in a whopping $2.5 billion (£1.9 billion) worldwide.

Since concluding the Spider-Man trilogy for Sony Pictures in 2007, Raimi has been kept busy as a producer, with just two movies under his belt as a director since then – 2009’s Drag Me to Hell and Oz the Great and Powerful in 2013.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated for release in May 2021.

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Director Scott Derrickson exits Doctor Strange sequel

Director Scott Derrickson has departed the Doctor Strange sequel due to “creative differences”.The surprise announcement was made in the form of a statement from producers at Marvel Studios, in which it was revealed that Derrickson would be leaving the…

Director Scott Derrickson has departed the Doctor Strange sequel due to “creative differences”.

The surprise announcement was made in the form of a statement from producers at Marvel Studios, in which it was revealed that Derrickson would be leaving the follow-up to the 2016 fantasy starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but would stay on as an executive producer.

“Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU),” a Marvel representative commented to Variety.

The filmmaker, who helmed the original movie, confirmed the news on Twitter, and shared a similar statement with his fans and followers.

“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,” he posted.

Production is still expected to start in May, with president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, serving as producer.

The team has already begun the search for Derrickson’s replacement.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to pair Cumberbatch’s titular character with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, while Benedict Wong is also attached.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated for release in May 2021.

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