11 More Superhero Movies That Almost Happened

11 More Superhero Movies That Almost Happened


Though he’s on track for a big screen debut in the near future from Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange hasn’t had an easy time getting on the big screen either. The first version of DOctor Strange that was on track was back in 1986 with Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale writing the script. This version never happened and in 1992, A Nightmare on Elm Street writer/director Wes Craven signed on to pen the script and direct the feature for Savoy Pictures, which went bankrupt two years later.

In 1995, David Goyer was hired to write a script for the film, and as you can no doubt guess, nothing came of it. A number of other attempts were made at bringing the Sorcerer Supreme to the big screen, but in 2001 Dimension Films picked up the rights to the character and brought Goyer on once again.

“I did write a script for Dr. Strange for Columbia about 6 years ago,” Goyer told IGN at the time. “But it didn’t go very well. There were elements of the story that I liked – but in all likelihood, I would start from scratch this time.”

Goyer also commented on wanting to use as many practical effects as possible in the film, saying: “I would attempt to use as many practical effects and in-camera tricks as possible. I like CG (computer-generated imagery) the most when it is done subtly.”

Not even a year later though, Goyer would confirm he was no longer on the project.

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