When you come onto a movie like Doctor Strange where Marvel obviously has an idea of what they want it to be, how much development are you doing from the start? Like how much are you building this movie from the ground up compared to a film that youre doing outside of this kind of thing? Scott Derrickson: In terms of adapted material, which Ive done before a couple of times, the development process was even more from the ground up in this case. Because you have a large body of stories and material from the comics. And when I first met with them, they had certain thematic ideas they liked. And not a lot of story ideas, which was great. And I think it was my connection and interest in the thematic ideas that got me the job. And the whole process was starting with all ideas on the table. check my referenceAnd so I was involved in it from the very get-go. How has it been so far? Has it surprised you? Scott Derrickson: Its been incredible. Its been the most incredible filmmaking experience for me by far, for a variety of reasons. The experience with Marvel, you know, I can only speak for myself. I know every director has their own stories. But my experience with Marvel has been really good. And I really enjoy the intimacy of the collaboration because its all been just myself and Kevin [Feige] and my producer Stephen [Broussard]. There are no middle men. Its that and my crew. And thats it. Theres no one else working on the movie. And thats new for me and unique for me. And the ambition of the movie, Im surprised that Im getting to make it. Because I keep feeling like these set pieces someones gonna say, its too bizarre. Its too weird. Were going too far. AndI feel as though we crossed a line at some point in the process, which the comics I think were the inspiration to try to go past certain boundaries. But we crossed a line and after crossing that line we just kept going. It all kept getting stranger and stranger not to be, I didnt mean that as a pun, but it all just kept getting more bizarre. And in a good way, in a way that as a viewer I think I would be satisfied by. Kevin said that one of the hardest nuts to crack with the movie was to figure out how to make the action believable and different because youre just sort of conjuring spells and things of this nature. Can you talk about what the actions gonna look like and how you sort of cracked that? Scott Derrickson: Yeah, it was the idea of magic, preserving the idea of magic was really important to me that we didnt try to explain it away or root it all in something scientific that by definition is not magic to me. And theres also the burden of popular magic movies, the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings, which appropriate magic in a very familiar, traditional way. And the comics had a few ideas in them that were to this day still very original. Those ideas were using and the rest of it was also was very traditional in the use of spells and even some of the imagery. So or me, the starting point was what kind of things have we not seen in cinema? That we could, was almost working backwards. What kind of imagery, what kind of action could be created in cinema that we havent seen and I started from that place and looked for a way to tie that in to magic. And some of those ideas didnt tie in well and some of those ideas tied in surprisingly well. The ones that tied in really well, those became the major set pieces for the movie. This morning we asked Kevin what sort of subgenre this movie falls into. And he said supernatural, which feels very vague. But just from what weve been able to sort of see, it looks like sort of like a martial arts movie in a way. I mean, is there like a heavy martial arts movie influence here?
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