Doctor Strange by Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro has revealed that he wants to bring Doctor Strange to the big screen in his own film, but that there are going to be a few changes from the character we'd expect to see.
Although I don't know much about Doctor Strange, what I do know of Guillermo del Toro is enough to get me excited about the idea. Del Toro has a few more things to say on the subject.
Guillermo del Toro has a bunch of projects in development, or projects that he'd like to do in the future, but he still has time to talk about new projects he'd like to make, and Doctor Strange is one of them.
The character is, according to Wikipedia:
"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.
Stephen becomes an accomplished, but arrogant, surgeon until he suffers subtle, though profound, neurological damage in an automobile accident in 1963. His hands in particular are no longer able to make the precise, fine movements necessary for surgery, although their overall mobility remains. Unable to continue his profession and too proud to accept subordinate medical assignments, he becomes unemployed and destitute. He is reduced to being a derelict, performing shady medical procedures for little money. Learning of a hermit called the Ancient One who might possibly cure him, the desperate Strange ventures to the man's isolated Himalayan abode and asks him for aid. The Ancient One instead offers to take Strange on as an apprentice in the mystic arts. Strange refuses, but cannot leave immediately due to a sudden blizzard.
While staying for the duration of the storm, Strange witnesses the Ancient One's apprentice, Baron Mordo, secretly attack the teacher with mystically summoned skeletons, which the old man easily dispells. Strange, his skepticism eroding, confronts Mordo about the treachery but Mordo responds with restraining spells that keep Strange from warning the Ancient One or attacking Mordo physically. Amazed by these displays of magic, alarmed by Mordo, but frustrated by the mystic restraints, Strange undergoes a change of heart.
Deciding that the only way to stop Mordo is to learn magic himself in order to challenge Mordo on his terms, Strange accepts the Ancient One's offer. Pleased by Strange's acceptance for unselfish reasons, the Ancient One removes the mystic restraints, explaining that he is well aware of Mordo's treachery but prefers to keep Mordo close by in order to control and possibly change him. Strange studies magic under the Ancient One for seven years and returns to the United States in the 1970s."
Wow, there's a lot there, and much, much more on Wikipedia. It sounds a superb story as Doctor Strange goes onto have the power to control other superheroes and often does.
Guillermo del Toro has revealed that he would want Neil Gaiman to write the script with him, and he wants to make a few changes to the character of Strange, good changes it looks like to me. Here's what he said to Empire through Jo Blo:
"That's an interesting character because you can definitely make him more in the pulpy occult detective/magician mold and formula than was done in the Weird Tales, for example. And I certainly wouldn't use the suit! But 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."
Sounds like he's got the right idea, and after the stellar work he's done on Mimic, Blade II and the Hellboy series, I think he's the right man for the job, but Neil Gaiman to assist? Well that will add some serious oddness to it.
I'm up for the idea of the film, but the writing duo sounds like it will be the strangest Doctor Strange we'll have seen. Interestingly the story of a Doctor Strange film being pitched came out back in August of last year.