Derrickson is best known for his work in the horror genre, where he has proved adept at making the most of modest budgets: He directed and co-wrote "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" (2005), which grossed $75 million domestically on a $19-million budget, and also wrote and directed
His 2008 remake of the sci-fi movie "
Derrickson's genre chops could mesh well with the story of Dr. Strange: In the comic books, the character is a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, defending the world from magical and mystical threats.
Strange's character has been mentioned but not shown in previous Marvel movies such as
A "Dr. Strange" movie would expand the Marvel cinematic universe into the realm of the supernatural, similar to the way the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" is opening it up to intergalactic adventure.
As Iron Man and other properties grow longer in the tooth, Marvel needs to build franchises around newer, often less prominent characters. Already upcoming films such as "Guardians" and TV properties such as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" have sought to popularize less widely known parts of the Marvel canon, as has an embattled "Ant-Man" film.