The creative team had some pressure put on them!
Writer Michael Waldron has revealed that he and director Sam Raimi had to start Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from scratch.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a rare example of a Marvel Cinematic Universe film that suffered from its share of production problems before the cameras ever started rolling. While it’s not entirely clear what happened, original director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill departed the sequel following creative differences with Marvel. Soon after, Spider-Man and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi was brought on to direct the film with Rick and Morty and Loki writer Michael Waldron hired to co-write the film with its original release date intact before the Covid-19 pandemic forced several delays.
While speaking to Vanity Fair, Michael Waldron revealed that he and Sam Raimi essentially had to start the new Doctor Strange film from scratch and how the delays helped relieve some of that pressure:
“I knew I wanted to stay in the family. I felt like Loki was in a great place and I was eager for what the next challenge would be. How do we just make a movie in two months? But COVID quickly descended upon us. We’re not shooting now until November. So I got to spend my 2020 on Zooms with Sam Raimi. Not too bad.”
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Details on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are currently limited, though it is said to feature horror elements. Furthermore, the Disney Plus mini-series WandaVision will also serve as the lead-in to the sequel. Scott Derrickson is still attached to the film as an executive producer, with Sam Raimi set to direct from a script written by Michael Waldron. The sequel will star Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Xochitl Gomez.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released on March 25th, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!
Source: Vanity Fair