Scott Derrickson will be returning to the world of R-rated horror in the relatively near future. The filmmaker has revealed that, once he's done with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he's going to be making a new horror movie with his writing partner C. Robert Cargill. Not just any horror movie, mind you. The two are adapting one of author Joe Hill's stories for the big screen.
The reveal was made by Scott Derrickson on Twitter. He got his start in horror, directing movies like The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister before landing the gig directing Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios. In a tweet, Derrickson explained that he's often asked about a possible return to R-rated horror, at which point he revealed that those plans are already well underway. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I'm often asked if I'll ever return to R-rated horror. The answer is a resounding Yes. After Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness, I'll go straight into a horror film I've already written with C. Robert Cargill."
C. Robert Cargill previously partnered with Scott Derrickson on 2012's Sinister, which was produced by Blumhouse and went on to become a big hit. The two have also worked together on both Doctor Strange movies and have developed quite the creative partnership. Cargill also added a bit to the news in a tweet of his own by revealing that it is indeed going to be a Joe Hill story they're tackling.
"Man, thanks for all the love, you guys. Scott Derrickson and I have been sitting on this secret for a while, but we're super excited about it. Can't wait to make it. Might as well also tell you that it's an adaptation of a Joe Hill joint. Everything else we gotta keep quiet ATM"
Joe Hill, authorof Locke & Key and NOS4A2 and the son of Stephen King, has a wealth of stories to pull from. The previously mentioned titles have already been adapted, with Scott Derrickson originally attached to direct the first episode of the Locke & Key TV series before things shifted to Netflix. Without any further information, it's tough to even begin to speculate which story they might be taking on, but Hill has plenty of material that would make for good R-rated horror in the right hands.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected to shoot next year and is being billed as the first horror movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on May 7, 2021, which means Derrickson is going to be busy for the next year and a half. It would seem summer 2021 would be the earliest before they can begin filming this mystery Joe Hill adaptation. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. You can check out the announcement from Scott Derrickson's Twitter below.
I’m often asked if I’ll ever return to R-rated horror. The answer is a resounding YES.— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) December 10, 2019
After Doctor Strange: In the Mutiverse of Madness, I’ll go straight into a horror film I’ve already written with @Massawyrm.
Man, thanks for all the love, you guys. @scottderrickson and I have been sitting on this secret for a while, but we're super excited about it. Can't wait to make it.— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) December 10, 2019
Might as well also tell you that it's an adaptation of a @joe_hill joint. Everything else we gotta keep quiet ATM