Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Roman Coppola Reveals He Once Worked On A 'Doctor Strange' Movie For Marvel

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 16, 2013 at 9:41AM

Between his two directorial outings -- "CQ" and "Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III" -- and in his collaborations with Wes Anderson (most recently on "Moonrise Kingdom"), Roman Coppola has certainly shown a knack for the fantastical. He's adept at constructing accessible yet unreal worlds that always offer up a lot to explore visually, and so perhaps it's no surprise that he once tried his hand at making a comic book movie.
2
Dr. Strange Roman Coppola

Between his two directorial outings -- "CQ" and "Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III" -- and in his collaborations with Wes Anderson (most recently on "Moonrise Kingdom"), Roman Coppola has certainly shown a knack for the fantastical. He's adept at constructing accessible yet unreal worlds that always offer up a lot to explore visually, and so perhaps it's no surprise that he once tried his hand at making a comic book movie.

While he says he's not interested in doing that kind of movie now, he does reveal to Moviepilot that he did take a stab at making a "Doctor Strange" movie for Marvel way back in the day. But it seems that the possible limitations of working within a studio structure ultimately cooled his jets on the gig.

”You know, I did [have the desire to make a superhero movie], but I could again. I was a huge comic book fan growing up, within reason. I was a fan of Spider-Man and all that stuff. Actually, I met Stan Lee 15 or 20 years ago when Marvel had the worst reputation for their adaptations. They had made a really terrible 'Fantastic Four' movie and some other things," Coppola explained. "I met him with my dad and we said, ‘Oh, wow, I wish we could be involved. How great would it be to make a really accurate version of one of these films?’ I had the aspirations to make a 'Doctor Strange' movie, which I worked on quite a bit. I ended up coming out on the other side, since I told someone I was working on a comic book movie and they said, ‘Do you really want to work for a studio to get pushed around for three years and not make something that’s personal?’ To make a movie like that where I could really use my sensibility would be fantastic. That type of work now is a product, and there’s a manner in which it’s made. Now I think it’d be better to spend those three years to do something better.”

So, it doesn't sound like we'll ever get a Roman Coppola-directed superhero movie like we might dream about. But that's not to say he's totally washed his hands of comic book material. As you might recall, he directed a Farmers Insurance ad last year that was tied into the release of "The Avengers," so he was able to play in the space a little bit. 

As for a bonafide "Doctor Strange" movie, there hasn't been much movement in a while. Back in 2010, Marvel tasked Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer ("Conan The Barbarian," "Sahara") to pen a script (alongside a few other folks), which was submitted in 2011, but nothing else has been heard since. There was a brief rumor of the character popping up in "Thor 2," but that hasn't built much steam either. But if/when it does happen, Coppola thinks his cousin Nicolas Cage, would be a good choice to play the character.

Do you want to see a "Doctor Strange" movie or a comic book movie helmed by Roman Coppola? Tell us below. 

This article is related to: Doctor Strange, Roman Coppola


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates