Viva Variety, Scott Derrickson is officially walking away from the director’s chair of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The studio confirmed the report via a statement, attributing Derrickson’s departure to “creative differences.” Derrickson of course directed the original Doctor Strange and will remain on the sequel as an executive producer.
“Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences,” Marvel said in a statement to Variety. “We remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.”
Derrickson also said the decision was mutual:
“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.”
You can check out Derrickson’s actual tweet below:
The search for a replacement is ongoing. Production on the film is slated to begin in May with zero delays.
The first Doctor Strange grossed $680 million worldwide. The sequel will find Benedict Cumberbatch returning as Strange, a master of mystic arts. Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch, is also expected to appear in the film.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled for release on May 7, 2021.
What do you make of this news? Are you disappointed by Derrickson’s departure? Or are you optimistic that this is a good opportunity to try something new with a psychedelic flick? Does this news impact whether or not you’re going to check the film out in theaters? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!