With production winding down over the next few months on Captain America: Civil War, the next Marvel adventure, Doctor Strange, is gearing up to start production this November. There still isn't much we know about the project, except that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Doctor Strange, with a supporting cast that includes Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo), so far. Screen Daily attended a BAFTA Masterclass in London last night, where Doctor Strange cinematographer Ben Davis compared the movie to Disney's Fantasia.
"It has a very psychedelic grounding, and it's not your typical Marvel action movie. Most of the work within it is about other dimensions. And I described it, I think, when I was talking to Marvel as Marvel's Fantasia, in a way, because it's so sort of out there and different to everything else that they've done. There's a lot of previsualisation, and there's a lot of work which is very hard - you look at it and you see the imagery that they've created for it and you think, 'well how the hell do we shoot that!?' because it's all sort of Escher stuff. It's all very out there. I can't really say much more about it, I'm afraid. But I think it'll be really interesting, and it's a very dark movie, I'm pleased to say. [DOPs] always love the word 'dark'. The trouble is that most producers don't like dark. Mostly you get into [Digital Intermediate process] and people don't seem to like dark anymore!"
On the other side of the globe, HXT Africa attended a DisneyAfrica presentation, where attendees were shown early concept art and the first photos from the superhero movie. It remains to be seen when these images will be released to the public, but one of the photos featured Benedict Cumberbatch in full costume. Here's what the site had to say about the Doctor Strange presentation.
"Doctor Strange looks dark. Very dark. As in scraping the edge of 'horror-movie-dark' and information imparted about the film from Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, supports this appraisal. According to Feige, the film will have a firm footing in the shadowy world of the occult and supernatural. While we're not expecting it to be a true blue horror film, but if it could provide as many chills as say Constantine (the TV series, NOT the film), then that would be great. Oh, and Benedict Cumberbatch looks very fetching in his Doctor Strange} get-up. Very fetching indeed."
The comic books follow Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a conceited and brilliant neurosurgeon whose career is ruined after a car accident, since his hands are too damaged to perform surgery. Determined to try and heal himself, he becomes immersed in the magical arts, and eventually becomes the Sorcerer Supreme. Scott Derrickson is directing from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts. In addition to these details, we also have a number of tweets from those who attended the DisneyAfrica presentation, which describes the concept art and images they were shown. Take a look at these tweets, and stay tuned for more on Doctor Strange.