Thursday, February 20, 2014
From Pixar to Marvel?
Directors are being eyed down for Marvel's Doctor Strange, which should end up coming out sometime after 2015 since it's supposed to be part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
One of the directors happens to be a Pixarian… None other than Mark Andrews, the finishing director of Brave and director of the marvelous short One Man Band. Yes, he was one of the directors considered for the project.
Now that's just surreal, because a couple years ago, it was rumored that Pixar would make an animated Doctor Strange movie for Disney! Of course, Walt Disney Animation Studios seems to be the one who will be making animated Marvel movies, but it's a crazy coincidence that a Pixar director is being considered for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The other directors that Marvel is considering are Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies).
Speaking of animation, guess who will be writing the script…
Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the writers of the Kung Fu Panda films and Paramount Animation's upcoming Monster Trucks.
With them on board, it's very possible that Andrews may end up getting the gig because let's face it, his Pixar project shouldn't be out for a long while. Many other projects are ahead of it (Lee Unkrich's Day of the Dead project, Teddy Newton's film, something else that I shouldn't mention at the moment), and his film probably wouldn't show up until 2019 at the earliest. Doctor Strange should be out in 2016 or 2017, so I can definitely see Marvel picking him to direct it. Also, this project is probably up his alley. Remember, he was head of story on The Incredibles…
This news also implies that Doctor Strange will come out sooner than expected. For a few weeks, I had predicted that it would be Marvel's second 2017 film, but it might just be one of their 2016 releases. Johnny Depp was "courted" to play the titular character, so it may arrive before you know it.
It's also unsurprising that Marvel is now looking for directors for this project, given the reception the wickedly awesome Guardians of the Galaxy teaser got yesterday. Marvel is seemingly getting more confident in the cosmic side of the MCU, and the weirder side as well.
What do you think? Will Andrews direct the film? Or not? Would you like to see a Pixar director take on a Marvel movie? Sound off below!