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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Emma Stone in talks to reunite with Damien Chazelle for Babylon – report

Emma Stone is in talks to reunite with director Damien Chazelle for his next movie Babylon.The new project is set in the 1920s, and will be the filmmaker’s biggest production – and budget – to date, according to Variety. Plot details are scarce, bu…

Emma Stone is in talks to reunite with director Damien Chazelle for his next movie Babylon.

The new project is set in the 1920s, and will be the filmmaker’s biggest production – and budget – to date, according to Variety.

Plot details are scarce, but sources told the outlet that Babylon will take place during the transition in Hollywood from silent films to “talkies”, and similarly to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it will feature a mix of real-life and fictional characters.

Stone is in early talks for a starring role in the movie, and Chazelle is said to be on the hunt for an all-star cast to join her, with Deadline reporting that Brad Pitt is circling the project as well.

Seabiscuit actor Tobey Maguire, Chazelle’s wife Olivia Hamilton, Matt Plouffe and Marc Platt are producing the film.

The Oscar-winning director is currently working on his Netflix musical drama series, The Eddy, and is also developing a secret TV project for Apple.

It will be the first time that Stone has reunited with Chazelle since she won an Oscar for her role in his musical La La Land back in 2017, which also landed him the Academy Award for Best Director.

The 30-year-old actress was last seen in Yorgos Lanthimos’ period comedy The Favourite, which earned her another Best Actress Oscar nomination, but she lost out to her co-star, Olivia Colman.

Stone recently completed production on the upcoming Zombieland sequel, which will be released later this year, and has been cast in comedy-horror The Menu and Cruella, in which she will play classic Disney villain Cruella de Vil.

Chazelle reunited with his La La Land leading man Ryan Gosling for last year’s Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man.

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