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Director Roman Coppola almost made a Doctor Strange movie back in 1992

Jan. 16, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Roman Coppola, son of the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, only has a couple of feature films under his belt as a director. His latest. A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III, looks heavily influenced by the movies from his colleague Wes Anderson. But, did you know that there was a time when Coppola almost helmed a Marvel superhero movie?

In an interview with Movie Pilot, Coppola revealed he was working on a potential DOCTOR STRANGE movie back in the early 90s that ended up not working out. Here is an excerpt:

”You know, I did [have the desire to make a superhero movie], but I could again. I was a huge comic book fan 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. 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, his dad essentially told him not to do it. Who knows how the Marvel universe would have ended up if we had gotten DOCTOR STRANGE almost a decade before SPIDER-MAN and X-MEN. Coppola also shared that his pick for DOCTOR STRANGE if it were to get made today would be his cousin/GHOST RIDER, Nicolas Cage.

A BRIEF GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III opens in theaters on February 8th.

Source: Blastr

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6:09PM on 01/17/2013
Coppola did the right thing by passing on this project. We comic geeks appreciate some re-interpretation of beloved superheroes. But, we hate seeing our favorite characters and settings "ruined." Roman Coppola sounds as though a faithful Marvel adaptation did not interest him. That's fine. It is better to have no Dr. Strange movie yet (besides a late '70s TV treatment and a DTV cartoon) than to have a bad one.
Coppola did the right thing by passing on this project. We comic geeks appreciate some re-interpretation of beloved superheroes. But, we hate seeing our favorite characters and settings "ruined." Roman Coppola sounds as though a faithful Marvel adaptation did not interest him. That's fine. It is better to have no Dr. Strange movie yet (besides a late '70s TV treatment and a DTV cartoon) than to have a bad one.
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6:38AM on 01/17/2013
Ever since I read that Joblo story about Viggo Mortensen and Dr Strange....I can see no one else playing that role.
Ever since I read that Joblo story about Viggo Mortensen and Dr Strange....I can see no one else playing that role.
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1:19AM on 01/17/2013
Why does everyone always want to put Nic Cage in these movies? I guess I'm jaded.....I never see Nic Cage when he's in a movie. I see Charlie Bodell from Peggy Sue Got Married.

On a side note, if they make a Dr. Strange film, I'd like Viggo Mortensen to play him.
Why does everyone always want to put Nic Cage in these movies? I guess I'm jaded.....I never see Nic Cage when he's in a movie. I see Charlie Bodell from Peggy Sue Got Married.

On a side note, if they make a Dr. Strange film, I'd like Viggo Mortensen to play him.
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10:03PM on 01/16/2013
Or Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Doctor Strange.
Or Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Doctor Strange.
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8:56PM on 01/16/2013
Nic Cage would be soooooooo terrible. I would love to see Liam Needon do Doctor Strange. Or possibly Timothy Olyphant.
Nic Cage would be soooooooo terrible. I would love to see Liam Needon do Doctor Strange. Or possibly Timothy Olyphant.
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7:47PM on 01/16/2013
Nicolas Cage as Doctor Strange. No thanks.
Jim Caviezel. Yes please.
Nicolas Cage as Doctor Strange. No thanks.
Jim Caviezel. Yes please.
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