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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Jessica Chastain turned down Doctor Strange to wait for bigger Marvel role

Jessica Chastain turned down a role in Doctor Strange because she had her sights set on a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The two-time Oscar nominee was approached by Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2016 fantasy blockbuster starring Ben…

Jessica Chastain turned down a role in Doctor Strange because she had her sights set on a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The two-time Oscar nominee was approached by Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2016 fantasy blockbuster starring Benedict Cumberbatch, to play the role of Christine Palmer.

Palmer is a surgeon and the girlfriend of Stephen Strange, who helps him recover after his devastating car accident. However, she dumps him after an argument over their relationship, but the pair eventually reunite when Strange becomes a sorcerer. Palmer saves his life when he’s badly injured during a fight with villain Kaecilius.

Doctor Strange writer C. Robert Cargill revealed during an interview on the Junkfood Cinema podcast that he and Derrickson wanted Chastain for the role, but she candidly turned them down, leading them to cast Rachel McAdams instead.

“This is the interesting thing that Hollywood’s starting to find out, is that a lot of the actresses out there want to be superheroes as much as the actors do. I know this happened with Scott. He went to Jessica Chastain to get her on Doctor Strange, because we were considering her,” he explained.

“And she’s like, ‘Hey, look, this project sounds awesome, and I would love to do it. But I’m only going to get one shot at being in a Marvel film and becoming a Marvel character; and I trained in ballet, and I really want to wear a cape.’ And that was the coolest rejection ever.”

Chastain went on to star in last year’s X-Men spin-off Dark Phoenix, in which she played the leader of an alien shape-shifting race.

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Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette react to SXSW festival cancellation

Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette have taken to social media to react to the cancellation of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival due to coronavirus fears.City of Austin officials declared on Friday that the annual multimedia festival had been ca…

Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette have taken to social media to react to the cancellation of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival due to coronavirus fears.

City of Austin officials declared on Friday that the annual multimedia festival had been cancelled in the interest of public safety due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

Studio films such as Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island and David Lowery’s The Green Knight were scheduled to premiere at the event, which was due to kick off on 13 March, and many smaller films without distribution deals have now been cast adrift, with filmmakers looking for new festivals to debut their projects.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, The Big Sick star Nanjiani, who stars in The Lovebirds, praised SXSW officials for making the right decision.

“SXSW is one of my favourite festivals,” he wrote. “I know this sucks for many people for whom this was a massive opportunity. But we’re kind of in an unprecedented situation here and caution is key. Thank you for making the right decision.”

Arquette felt sympathy for the filmmakers who were set to showcase their latest work at the festival, such as her brother David.

“So sad for the filmmakers and my brother @DavidArquette Who was premiering his amazing documentary ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette,'” she tweeted.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson wrote, “The cancelling of SXSW is a devastating blow to a lot of indie filmmakers who were set to finally premiere their hard work. My heart goes out to you all,” while actor/director Mark Duplass posted, “My heart goes out to all those affected by the @sxsw cancellation. So vital to so many artists, organisations, businesses, etc. Let’s order from local Austin businesses. Let’s support the SXSW artists. Let’s take care of each other.”

Announcing the cancellation of the event, organisers said in a statement, “We are devastated to share this news with you. ‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place… We honour and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to doing our part to protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.”

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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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