Monday, February 11, 2008

Del Toro Shows Strange Interest

Hellboy director wants to bring another hero to the screen.

Guillermo Del Toro is great. He's a captivating and inspiring director who isn't afraid to show where his passion lies. His films have showcased his love for magic and mysticism, the war between forces of good and evil, and his ability to draw the viewer into worlds of bizarre and unusual proportions. It then comes as little surprise that the Pan's Labyrinth director is showing interest in helming a film adaptation of Marvel's Dr. Strange.

Dr. Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe. He is constantly dealing with supernatural and mystical threats from other dimensions and other worlds. Strange is also quite the detective, allowing his intelligence and wisdom to help aid the fight against evil.

The thing that really gets me interested in this project is the potential of Dr. Strange crossing over into some of Marvel's other hero flicks. Marvel seems to be opening the door for cross-overs in their films and Dr. Strange would be the perfect candidate to appear in Marvel films outside of his debut flick. Strange has been a prominent character in the Marvel Universe since 1963 and has close ties to many heroes already established on the silver screen. I'm sure Marvel and Del Toro could work out something similar to Sam Jackson's recent casting as Nick Fury in both Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

The only hiccup I see with the idea of a Dr. Strange film is character recognition. While Dr. Strange is a fairly big piece of the Marvel world he simply isn't as marketable or well-known as someone like Spider-Man, Iron-Man, or The Fantastic Four. It would definitely be a challenge to get the film off the ground but a director like Guillermo Del Toro would definitely bring the attention this films needs.

While Del Toro has shown interest in the character this is all still purely speculation. Del Toro already has a lot on his plate with Hellboy II (2008), 3993 (2009), The Hobbit (2010) and it's confirmed sequel (2011), and At the Mountains of Madness (2010). If he decides to helm a Dr. Strange adaptation it may have to wait until 2012 to enter production. A wait that is well worth it for such a passionate director.


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