In 2016, horror filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) helmed a big-budget superhero movie about Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme. Last year, the studio announced Derrickson would also direct the sequel, deliciously – or pretentiously, depending on your taste – titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But then, early in January, we heard he departed the production due to creative differences, leaving Marvel Studios without a director.
According to Variety, the studio is currently negotiating a deal with the filmmaker Sam Raimi. As we reported in the past, he is currently producing an anthology horror TV series 50 States of Fright for the streaming service Quibo. While there’s no official word will the deal goes through, he would serve as an excellent replacement. After all, Raimi directed the cult horror classic Evil Dead as well as its sequels Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. Then, in 2002, he helped to usher in the current trend of superhero blockbusters with his Spider-Man movie. All this makes him an excellent fit for the possible horror/superhero vibe of the Dr. Strange sequel.