Some interesting news coming out of the MCU as rising screenwriter Jade Bartlett is set to write Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Collider is reporting that they’re unsure if Bartlett will get the sole writing credit or if she’ll share writing duties with returning director Scott Derrickson, who also co-wrote the first film with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts.
Derrickson will once again team-up with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr Stephen Strange and Benedict Wong is also returning and they’ll now be joined by Elizabeth Olsen, who’s reprising her role as Scarlet Witch in the MCU.
Meanwhile, there’s no news as to if Chiwetel Ejiofor will be making a comeback as the now villainous Mordo but if I was going to have a guess it has to happen will likely be the villain in this sequel.
The reason why this is big news is because you’ll be hearing a lot from Barlett in the coming years as the up-and-comer is making waves in the industry.
In 2016 her script Miller’s Girl was on the Black List of Hollywood’s best-unproduced screenplays. It was optioned by Good Universe and Bartlett is attached to direct with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey production company to produce.
She has since been hired by Universal to adapt Cholé Espostio’s debut novel Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. The story is described as a sexy thriller with a darkly comic tone about a woman who goes to great lengths to steal her identical twin’s perfect life.
If that wasn’t enough, Bartlett wrote the recent draft of an upcoming horror film The Turning that stars Mackenzie Davis.
While we haven’t seen any of her work yet, it’s clear that studios are taking interest in screenwriter and see her as a major talent and her ability to write darker/horror tones is what most likely got her the job.
Of course, Disney/ Marvel refused to comment but the sequel has a set release date of May 7, 2021, but it’s very possible this could be moved.