“Doctor Strange” Sequel’s Director Pulls Out

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Doctor Strange." Photo by Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock (7439541f)

Doctor Strange is searching for a new director to help navigate the multiple universes in which he dwells. 

Scott Derrickson, who directed 2016’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character, was scheduled to reprise his role for the sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With filming set to begin in just a few months, Derrickson has now pulled out of the project. 

Marvel confirmed the news in a statement which read, “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.”

It appears as though there is no bad blood, as Derrickson released a statement of his own. “Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences,” he wrote in a tweet. “I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.”

The original Doctor Strange grossed over $677 million worldwide with the sequel scheduled to begin shooting in May ahead of a May 7th, 2021 release.