Spaihts was the first writer on 2012's "Prometheus," before Damon Lindelof joined the Ridley Scott-directed "Alien" prequel. He's also scripted the in-development "The Mummy" reboot for Universal, and Keanu Reeves has long been attached to his unproduced screenplay "Passengers."
While Deadline stated that Spaihts and Marvel were in talks, the writer appeared confident on his Twitter account, sharing the report and stating that "Doctor Strange" is his favorite Marvel hero.
Doctor Strange was always my favorite Marvel hero. It's a good day. http://t.co/1hInjPWnbQ
- Jon Spaihts (@jonspaihts) June 18, 2014
Additionally, Deadline reports a short list of actors to star in the title role, in line with past rumors and speculation: "The Dark Knight Rises" alum Tom Hardy, "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto, an Oscar winner earlier this year for "Dallas Buyers Club."
No release time frame has been announced for "Doctor Strange," but Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige has long discussed it as a priority for the studio. Scott Derrickson, of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and the upcoming "Deliver Us From Evil," is expected to direct.