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Doctor Strange Moves Forward?

More than a year after Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were hired to adapt Doctor Strange, Marvel reportedly is ready to move forward with the long-gestating feature film.

According to Twitch, the Conan the Barbarian writing duo has turned a script, which the studio is forwarding to a short list of directors in hopes of finding someone to "oversee continued development" of the project. The website sees the movement as a sign the studio is looking for Doctor Strange to be released in 2013. However, that summer is already loaded with Marvel's Iron Man 3 in May and Thor 2 in July, with Warner Bros.' Man of Steel in between, so it's difficult to imagine where the studio would find room for the Sorcerer Supreme. Holidays 2013 doesn't quite feel right ...

It's possible the studio is prepared to take its time to make sure that, after several failed attempts to translate Doctor Strange to the big screen -- the rights have passed through six studios after the past 25 years -- this effort finally pans out, and pays off. While Marvel is eager to exploit its lesser-known characters like Ant-Man, Black Panther, Inhumans and Iron Fist, it's demonstrated a willingness to put on the brakes, most notably last fall when it put the fast-tracked Runaways adaptation on hold. With The Avengers in 2o12, Iron Man and Thor sequels in 2013, another Captain America, plus potential spinoffs -- to make no mention of the television division -- there's certainly no immediate rush for Doctor Strange.

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