Speaking to MoviePlot, Roman Coppola, son of Francis Ford Coppola and second unit director on Bram Stoker’s Dracula The Darjeeling Limited, and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou revealed that he had very nearly made a Doctor Strange movie back in the Nineties.
‘I was a huge comic book fan growing up, within reason,” said Coppola. “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.”