A recent tweet sent from author Neil Gaiman to comic book writer Kurt Busiek is making us wonder if, in the past, Marvel passed on a movie adaptation of Doctor Strange. It should be noted that a screen adaptation of the magical character is official and the movie has a director, Scott Derrickson, a cast, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role and a released date of November 4, 2016.
However it appears that the project could have materialized seven years ago, in 2008, when Gaiman and director Guillermo del Toro hung out on the Hellboy II set and talked about working together to bring Doctor Strange to the theatre. In 2012, during an interview with Collider, del Toro stated that the two only had a brief discussion about it, but never went on actually developing the idea, and Marvel did not know anything about it.
Today though, Gaiman‘s tweet would suggest that the idea got a little further than a simple discussion on set and that Marvel wasn’t really interested in the character at the time. Although we will never know to what extent the film was developed nor how a collaboration between del Toro and Gaiman would have turned out, we can still say that the future of Doctor Strange is in good hands and we will see the promising results next year. Don’t let us down Marvel!
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 27, 2015