As we move towards the end of summer, into fall, and eventually winter, each passing season brings us one step closer to Doctor Strange being released worldwide. This is a project that has been in the works at Marvel Studios for a long time, but it seems like now is the perfect time to inject the MCU with something, well, strange. With horror director Scott Derrickson and star Benedict Cumberbatch on board, the movie has been set up to to breathe new life onto a screen near you, thanks in large part to the unique visual approach they are taking.
In a recent interview with Collider, Derrickson was asked about the current state of the movie, the score, and early reactions from what people have seen and it sounds like things are moving in a very positive direction. As for the Inception-like visuals, the use of 3D will only further the craziness that will ensue in theaters. While preparing for these visuals, Derrickson says that the early Ditko and Lee comics were a big inspiration.
Yeah, the 3D in the movie accentuates the trippiness of it all. The Steve Ditko, Stan Lee comics were all about these weird visuals and we really used those as a source for the visuals in the movie and yet, there’s a textural quality to all of them, as there was when Ditko designed those early visuals, that in 3D is going to give you a sense of them being even more present and real.
With the movie still just over three months away from being seen by audiences and critics, there is more than enough time to finish the 3D work for the film, and hopefully you all will get a chance to experience it in this format. Most of that work will come from the visual effects team as Derrickson and crew work on editing together the final version of the film. As for where they stand, they are nearing a finished cut but with pickups still on the horizon, there will be further changes.
Mostly visual effects. We still have some pickup shoots to do, still doing some editing, but you know it’s pretty much there. Still finishing a lot of VFX work, that’s where the big emphasis is now.
It’s plussing. It’s pick up shots to clarify logic in places. Small stuff, nothing too big fortunately.
If you are unfamiliar with what pickup shots are, they are another word for reshoots, a word that has recently had a negative connotation attached. Thankfully, Derrickson does not seem the slightest bit concerned about the eventual pickup shots, but him saying they are “plussing” the film does intrigue me quite a bit. Does this mean that other MCU characters could be involved at some level during these reshoots? Nothing is impossible. That said, based on how the movie has tested recently, I don’t anticipate them taking more time away from Cumberbatch, who, according to those that have seen it, is great in the lead role.
The thing I learned, we’ve had a few test screenings, and the overwhelming thing I’ve learned is people love Benedict Cumberbatch in this movie. They just love him. It’s kind of the headline, I guess. They love the visuals, they love the action, but more than that they love Benedict and he is Doctor Strange. As big of a scale movie as it is, as weird as the visuals get, it is still a story about one guy. It’s a story about one guy overcoming himself and his own ego. In that sense it’s a very specific journey you’re tracking through from beginning to end while watching this one man get past himself and that’s what Benedict does and that’s why audiences love him.
As they are already doing early screenings for the film and Derrickson saying it is mostly just VFX work that needs to be done, it sounds like the post-production process is going rather smoothly for Marvel Studios. When the topic of the current and original run time is concerned, there is not that big of a difference between the two, stating that it currently clocks in at under two hours.
All first cuts are longer, but we were never that long. I shoot pretty specifically, so I think the first cut came in about a little over two hours and now we’re a little under two hours. Maybe we’ll cut a little more out of it. While I watch it now I feel like there’s still some tightening to be done, but it hasn’t changed a whole lot. Hovers just below the two hour mark.
In that two hours while we are dazzled with magic, color, and plenty of Cumberbatch, we will also being hearing the original score from composer Michael Giacchino. Giacchino has worked on some of the biggest summer films over the past few years with credits such as Star Trek Beyond, Inside Out, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Jurassic World under his belt. Derrickson is thrilled to have him on board and says he brings a new dynamic to the film.
We have Michael Giacchino scoring the movie and he’s already delivered the main theme and scored a bunch of the pieces, even though we’re still working on all the effects and stuff and it is awesome. It is, the score is magic in the literal sense of the word. You feel magic in the score. He’s a genius and really loves the project, loves the movie. He’s doing what good scorers do, which is he’s not just creating music that supports the image. He’s adding a third thing to the movie. It becomes something new with his music in there that it didn’t have with temp music.
They apparently played the official Doctor Strange theme in Hall H, but as far as I am aware, it has not yet been released in its entirety, but I’m looking forward to see what Giacchino has dreamt up for this movie. Let us know what you think of Derrickson’s remarks in the comments below!
Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016.