Director Scott Derrickson has closed a deal to direct the “Doctor Strange” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
A search is underway for a screenwriter with an eye toward a spring 2020 production start. Derrickson wrote and directed the 2016 first film that starred Benedict Cumberbatch, who will also return to play the doctor-turned-Sorcerer Supreme Steven Strange.
Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams also starred in the first film and are expected to return for the sequel.
“Doctor Strange” grossed $677 million worldwide. The character was last seen playing a crucial role in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which has earned more than $2 billion at the global box office.
Derrickson’s other directing credits include “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Sinister,” “Strange” and “Deliver Us From Evil.” His writing credits include “Devil’s Knot,” “Sinister 2” and “Land of Plenty.
Derrickson is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Ziffren Brittenham.
Marvel had no comment. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
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