The Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson adds yet another project to his increasingly crowded slate.

It’s been a couple of years now since Scott Derrickson walked away from the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel for Marvel, citing creative differences with the studio. The filmmaker couldn’t come to an agreement with Marvel as to what the sequel should look like and with an adaptation of the Joe Hill horror novel The Black Phone waiting for him, he chose to walk away.

Departing a major studio movie (and the paycheque that presumably accompanies it) takes fortitude and as such, we’re glad to see that Derrickson really has made the most of that creative freedom. The Black Phone is complete and set for a June release. It looks like it could be quite something as well.

On top of that, the director is slated to make Two Eyes Staring and When Gravity Falls, although details on those projects have been quiet for a while. It has now been announced that Derrickson will  also be helming The Gorge, described as a ‘genre-bending love story’ that started out as a spec script from Zach Dean, the writer of The Tomorrow War.

Skydance is backing the project, a production company with whom Derrickson has a positive relationship given that they’re already collaborating on another of the director’s upcoming projects, Bermuda, an ocean-based action flick starring Chris Evans. Whilst horror fans will be elated to see the Sinister director return to horror with The Black Phone, it’s great to see Derrickson working in so many genres in such a creatively fertile fashion.

All those projects do mean that we might be waiting a very long for his proposed adaptation of the Stephen King short story, The Breathing Method, however. Still, you can’t have everything, we suppose. We’ll bring you more on The Gorge as we hear it.


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