Just two days after Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness gets a new director, the project has found a new writer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Waldron head writer and showrunner on Marvel Studios’ Loki series has been tapped to rewrite the script for the highly anticipated sequel.
Sam Raimi (the original Spider-Man trilogy) is in talks to take on directing duties from Scott Derrickson, who left the project last month due to creative differences, he is still on board the project as an executive producer.
Jade Bartlett (The Turning) wrote the initial draft which is said to have incorporated a good dose of horror, it is unknown if this was the reason Derrickson left the project as both he and the studio have yet to comment. It’s unknown if Waldron will infuse any horror into his draft.
According to insiders, Marvel likes what they see from the upcoming Loki series, and have credited Waldron for that and are deciding to keep him under the studio umbrella.
“After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Dr. Stephen Strange continues his research on the Time Stone. But an old friend-turned-enemy puts an end to his plans and causes Strange to unleash unspeakable evil.”
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as the sorcerer supreme, along with Benedict Wong, as Wong, Chiwetel Eljiofor as Baron Mordo, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch as her Disney+ series WandaVision will lead directly into Multiverse of Madness. 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.
Marvel Studios CCO Kevin Feige will produce.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 7, 2021.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter