Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Loses its Director
Scott Derrickson won’t be directing Marvel Studios‘ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel confirmed the departure citing “creative differences.” It was a mutual decision. Derrickson will remain on as an executive producer.
In a statement to Variety, Marvel Studios said:
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 MCU.
Derrickson also released a statement via Twitter:
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.
The film was to begin production in May and there’s not expected to be delays for shooting. A search for a replacement director is underway.
The film company has had issues when it comes to directors having multiple leave projects, or not even start, due to “creative differences.” In 2014 Edgar Wright stepped down from helming Ant-Man after years in development. Joss Whedon seems to have had a more amicable split after Avengers: Age of Ultron and Tweeted support to Wright hinting at his own negative experience which he’s talked a little about. Ava DuVernay was in talks to direct Black Panther but passed because “she couldn’t make it her own.” DuVernay is now playing in DC Comics/Warner Bros. sandbox on multiple projects.
The first Doctor Strange was released in 2016 and earned $677.7 million worldwide.