Marvel in Final Negotiations to Shoot Doctor Strange in England

Screen Daily reports that Marvel’s next big venture, Doctor Strange, is in final negotations to shoot at Pinewood-Shepperton in the UK, the home for this year’s colossal hit Guardians of the Galaxy as well as next year’s release, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The outlet mentions that preparations are being made to assemble the crew in late 2014/early 2015 with an eye to officially start production in May 2015.

Though no official release date has been set for the film, as some other sites are reporting, this time table for production would lead one to believe that Doctor Strange will land on the July 8, 2016 release date that Marvel previously set, but this has not been confirmed. Check back here for more details on Doctor Strange as we learn them.

Doctor Strange is based on the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who made his first appearance in 1963’s “Strange Tales” #110. It follows the adventures of Stephen Strange (nodded at in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier), a brilliant neurosurgeon who, following a car accident, loses precision in his hands. His quest to regain his former skills sets Strange on a path to become the “Master of the Mystic Arts.”

Set to be directed by Scott Derrickson from a script by Jon Spaihts, the title character has yet to be officially cast in the film, though it was previously-reported that Joaquin Phoenix was in negotiations to become the Sorcerer Supreme.