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Marvel Tapping ‘Prometheus’ Writer for’ Doctor Strange’

With Scott Derrickson set to direct, Marvel Studios negotiates with Jon Spaihts to write the script for ‘Doctor Strange.’

Marvel Studios is negotiating with Jon Spaihts to write the script for Doctor Strange, according to a report by Deadline.

Scott Derrickson is attached to direct the project, which centers on the character who made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe in 1963. Doctor Strange a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme -- the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. The character was first created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the pages of Strange Tales No. 110. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.

Spaihts tweeted about the news Wednesday: “Doctor Strange was always my favorite Marvel hero. It's a good day.” Marvel reportedly has yet to comment.

Spaihts wrote the sci-fi romance Passengers, which was on the 2007 Black List, and co-wrote the 2012 Ridley Scott film Prometheus with Damon Lindelof. He's also working on The Mummy reboot for Universal as well as the New Regency alien invasion feature The Darkest Hour and The Black Hole.