Five Directors To Direct “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

Scott Derrickson has departed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With a few months before production on a key film in Marvel’s Phase 4, they need to find a director soon. We here at With An Accent have a few suggestions.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness became one of the most anticipated films of Marvel Phase 4 when it was announced at Comic-Con last year. The title alone was enough to get people excited, but when it was announced it would be a Marvel-style horror film (but still PG-13) and would feature Wanda Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch in it, and would follow the events of the Disney+ series WandaVision: the anticipation was high. Scott Derrickson was all set to return with numerous threads left hanging: the first film left off with Mordo hunting down sorcerers and Derrickson had even teased Nightmare as a possible villain. Everything was set.

Then on January 9, 2020, it was announced that Scott Derrickson had left the project as the director but would stay aboard as Executive Producer. This was a shocking blow as all seemed good in the Marvel camp between Derrickson and Marvel Studios, he had been patiently waiting between Doctor Strange and the sequel and not booking any other films in between (he hasn’t directed a film since he got hired for the first Doctor Strange in 2014, meaning he has been with the character for six years). It appears to be due to creative differences, but those differences have not been made privy to the general public. Marvel had a rocky start with keeping directors aboard projects in the beginning, but it appeared starting in Phase 3 they found a healthy balance (the James Gunn situation notwithstanding). The days of Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man or Patty Jenkins departing Thor: The Dark World appeared to be behind Marvel. Yet here we are.

Doctor Strange has appeared in four films since his introduction, helmed by four different directors (Scott Derrickson in Doctor Strange, Takia Waititi in Thor: Ragnarok, Joe and Anthony Russo in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame) so the prospect of another director taking over the franchise isn’t as shocking, even though it is sad to see Derrickson leave after it was apparent how enthusiastic he was for the character and appeared to be waiting around to direct the sequel.

The search is on for Marvel to find a director and they need to do so fast, given that the film is still slated to start production in May. A director will probably be picked soon, but we decided to have a little fun. Here are five picks that would be interesting and bold choices to helm the next film featuring the Sorcerer Supreme.

Nicole Kassell

Nicole Kassell was on the shortlist to direct Black Widow, and since then has moved on to wowing critics with her work on television series like The Americans, Vinyland most recently the first two episodes of HBO’s critically-raved Watchmen. She also directed the eighth episode ‘A God Walks Into Abar,’ the Doctor Manhattan-centric episode that dealt with multiple timelines in the story. That craftsmanship and skill should put her on the radar of everybody in Hollywood. Marvel should scoop her up, and getting her as the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would generate positive buzz needed for the film after losing Scott Derrickson.

Christopher Landon

Christopher Landon has the ideal track record that Marvel would want for someone taking on both a Doctor Strange sequel and an installment in the MCU. He has a background working in horror films, having written Disturbia, Paranormal Activity 2, 3, and 4 and having directed Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. He also has directed horror/comedy hybrids like Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Happy Death Day, and the sequel Happy Death Day 2U. Marvel obviously wants a director with a slight horror background, but also one that can balance it with levity – a talent Landon has displayed on numerous films. Happy Death Day 2U also showed Christopher Landon’s cinematic talent for tackling topics like time travel, the multiverse, and parallel dimensions.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Jennifer Yuh Nelson met with Marvel to direct Captain Marvel back in 2017, and while that didn’t pan out it doesn’t mean she couldn’t help another film. Her background as an animated director on the visual vibrant films like Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 would be great for the vast different universes that Marvel will want to explore in a Doctor Strange sequel. Her first step into live-action features, The Darkest Minds, may not have been the best first start, but that shouldn’t count her out of consideration.

Nimród Antal

It really is strange that Nimród Antal’s career didn’t take off after Predators. While not a big hit, the film did well enough that one must wonder how he didn’t pick up some small low budget thrillers and horror films. His previous work includes the claustrophobic horror film Vacancy or crime thriller Armored. His most recent film was the impressive concert thriller Metallica: Through the Never, which critics enjoyed. His work in Predators shows he can manage to work within a larger franchise executing a vision for another filmmaker (in that case, Robert Rodriguez) on a budget in a decent amount of time.

Floria Sigismondi

Floria Sigismondi is one of the most innovative music video directors of her generation. Her music video for Marilyn Manson‘s ‘The Beautiful People’ has been described by some as ‘the creepiest of creepy videos.’ Other iconic music videos include ‘Mirrors’ for Justin Timberlake, ‘E.T.” for Katy Perry, and ‘Blue Orchid’ for The White Stripes, just to name a few. She has helped create the visual style for artists like Muse, Christina Aguilera, and Rihanna.

Her two films include the music biopic The Runaways and the recently released horror film The Turning. With her contribution directing on some of the most visually-striking television series like The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, she has the right eye and instinct to bring to life some of the more trippy surreal elements in a Doctor Strange film and would truly deliver on title, Multiverse of Madness.

 

What do you think? Who would you pick to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Let us know in the comments below.