According to Deadline Hollywood, director Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”) has dropped out of directing “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” for Marvel Studios. The studio made a public statement about Derricksons departure citing “creative differences”:
“Marvel Studios and Scott Derrickson have amicably parted ways on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. Derrickson will stay on as executive producer and we remain grateful to Scott for his contributions to the MCU.”
Derrickson announced his departure on his Twitter account as well saying:
“Marvel and I 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 Executive Producer.”
Derrickson wrote and directed 2016’s “Doctor Strange” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Current War”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal”), Rachel McAdams (“The Notebook”), and Benedict Wong (“The Martian”). Cumberbatch and Wong also made appearances in “Avengers: Infinity War” and Avengers: Endgame.”
Sources say Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios have begun searching for a new director to helm the “Doctor Strange” sequel, which is set to begin filming this summer in time for its May 7th, 2021 release date.
Marvel Studios currently has three upcoming MCU films set to be released before the “Doctor Strange” sequel which includes: “Black Widow” starring Scarlett Johansson (May 1st, 2020), “The Eternals” starring Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden (November 6th, 2020), and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” starring Simu Liu and Tony Chui-Wai (February 12th, 2021).