Variety has just reported that Spider-Man director, Sam Raimi is in talks to helm the Doctor Strange sequel. The trade previously reported that former director, Scott Derrickson left the project due to creative differences. However, Derrickson will still stay on as executive producer.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is gearing up production soon and finding a director this quickly was all part of the plan. It was previously reported that the sequel would not halt production, thus finding a new director was crucial. The film is still set to start filming in May of this year.
Having done the Evil Dead films, Raimi is no stranger to super hero films. If you live under a rock, he directed the Toby Maguire Spider-Man trilogy, which went on to have a very profitable run. Having the setting of this film rely on action and horror, Raimi fits perfectly in the directors chair.
No official word has been released.
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as the sorcerer supreme, along with Benedict Wong, as Wong, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch as her Disney+ series WandaVision will lead directly into Multiverse of Madness. Also in Variety’s report it’s revealed that Rachel will not return to the fray. It is unknown who the main villain is at this time but reports surfaced that Doctor Strange villain Nightmare would cause havoc in WandaVision, so it’s possible he could carry over into Multiverse of Madness.
The film was written by Jade Bartlett, who wrote a draft of the upcoming horror film The Turning for Universal Pictures. Marvel Studios CCO Kevin Feige will produce.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 7, 2021.