Director Scott Derrickson is currently in high demand. In addition to recently wrapping shooting on upcoming horror film The Black Phone, and having three other projects in various stages of development, the Doctor Strange director has now signed on to helm The Gorge, which is being described as a high-action, genre-bending love story.
Zach Dean, who previously wrote The Tomorrow War and whose recent script Day Drinker is getting adapted by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), has written the spec script, but details about the film remain close to the vest right now.
What we do know is that The Gorge has been an internal project at Skydance for a while now after winning a reportedly intense bidding war for the script back in 2020. Derrickson will also produce the film with his production company Crooked Highway, with his creative partners C. Robert Cargill and Sherryl Clark also along for the ride as producers.
Derrickson’s involvement makes sense as he and Skydance already have a working relationship. Derrickson has also partnered with the studio on Bermuda, an action-adventure film that will star Chris Evans, although that film has had a long and slightly tortured development history, and little has been heard about it since Derrickson was announced as director a few years ago.
Other projects Derrickson has in the works include When Gravity Falls and Two Eyes Staring. He’ll also serve as executive producer on the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which sees Sam Raimi returning to directing.
But most of Derrickson’s experience lies in the horror genre, having previously helmed films like Sinister, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, and Deliver Us From Evil. The Black Phone, his highly anticipated latest foray into the genre, is scheduled to hit cinemas Friday, June 24.