Kenneth Branagh To Direct Thor?

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thor Kenneth Branagh To Direct Thor?Wow.

First Marvel goes with Jon Favreau for Iron Man and now it’s looking like another non-action/indie film director will come into the fold: Kenneth Branagh as the director for Thor.

The closest thing he’s directed to this would be Henry V almost 20 years ago, but he been directing other films since then.

Branagh also has a very long acting resume, having had a role in about 50 movies and TV episodes.

The movie version of Thor (a Norse god in Marvel Comics) has been written by Mark Protosevich. A source tells me that despite the fact that Variety says the screenplay will use the original version of the character, disabled medical student Don Blake who could turn into (or switch places with, I don’t remember exactly) the magic hammer-wielding Thor – the current screenplay does NOT include Blake as a character.

The film will be very heavy on Norse Mythology, Asgard (Thor’s home), mythical creatures, etc. Very Shakespearean in tone.

Personally I think this is a very interesting pick.

Thanks to Edward from the Marvel Movies Facebook group!

Source: Variety

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  1. Branagh did an exceptional job with Hamlet, acting and directing it. And as you mentioned, Thor is very Shakesperean; so this could be good. Marvel’s taking a lot of huge risks lately. Why doesn’t Warner bros. show this much consistent cojones with their D.C. properties? Anyway, it’s cool seeing one of my all time favorite characters coming to the big screen, and hopefully getting much more love than my other two favorites, Daredevil and Silver Surfer.

  2. I think this is great and very surprising! Branagh is a creative director, and I’ve enjoyed his Shakespeare adapatations, and even his take on Frankenstein was interesting.

    heath

  3. I want to see how this is all going to fit in to the avengers.

  4. Not a very exciting pick, but look what happened with Jon Favreau he surprisingly was able to make Iron Man entertaining. I couldn’t get the image of Elf out of my mind when I heard he was gonna direct and lucky for us it didn’t turn out like Elf meets Daredevil.

  5. @ Daniel

    Favreau didn’t direct Daredevil, he was merely an actor in the movie.

    OT – I like the pick. Can’t wait to see some concept art. This could be very, very cool.

  6. Wow. Now if Walt Simonson could write the screenplay, this could be a smash hit. Assuming KB comes on board for certain.

  7. Umm I never said he directed Daredevil I was merely picking a very lack luster superhero movie to couple up with his terrible Elf film.

  8. @ Daniel

    “I couldn’t get the image of Elf out of my mind when I heard he was gonna direct and lucky for us it didn’t turn out like Elf meets Daredevil.”

    Sorry, I guess I just read it wrong.

  9. Meh you read it wrong or I didn’t explain my self properly. Either way mistakes happen. What I meant to do was pick a terrible movie he made and put it with a less than stellar comic movie.

  10. “I meant to do was pick a terrible movie he made and put it with a less than stellar comic movie.”

    I actually thought Elf was a good movie. Of course, I also liked Daredevil. (Ducks head to avoid keyboards thrown my way)

  11. @Daniel

    I *loved* Elf. Are you a Christmas cynic? :-P

    It’s actually the only movie in which I really love Will Ferrell’s performance.

    Vic

  12. @INK
    You forgot about the mouse! (KAPOW!!)

    I also thought Elf was pretty good and I have Daredevil on DVD. I also thought Ferrell did a good job in “Stranger Than Fiction”.

  13. I don’t hate Christmas movies I though Elf was purely retarded. There was no intelligence in the humor at all and it seemed to be made to get laughs from 5 year olds or people with the mentality of 5 year olds.I mean I get that the burp at the dinner table and saying “Did you Hear that?” Was just so clever, but it just isn’t for me.

    I’m not saying Dardevil was terrible I own it on DVD my self, but lets face it the movies isn’t among the best comic films. Not even top 5 or close to it. I can think of very many comic films to come out in the last 8 years that are worse.

  14. @Daniel

    Oh it was not “retarded.” It was fun and purely innocent in its approach to humor. RottenTomatoes has it at rated at 7/10 and Metacritic at 6.5/10.

    Not a home run but far from being liked by people with the mentality of 5 year olds.

    On a side note, you really do need to work on your people skills. I just said I really liked it and you turn around and say it was aimed at people with the mentality of 5 year olds.

    I mean, seriously dude.

    Yeesh.

    Vic

  15. “I don’t hate Christmas movies I though Elf was purely retarded. There was no intelligence in the humor at all and it seemed to be made to get laughs from 5 year olds or people with the mentality of 5 year olds.I mean I get that the burp at the dinner table and saying “Did you Hear that?”

    We prefer to be called mentally challenged … meanie.

  16. Hate Will Ferrell..Therefore hated Elf…

  17. Why is everyone so sensitive here today… Lighten up

    Ferrell SUCKS!!

  18. Like the pick for director of Thor…
    SHows some Moxy Fruvus..

  19. Great news, I love how the film will be prominently set in Asgard (much like how Captain America will be mostly, if not all set in WW2). Both films can nicely set-up origins for their modern debuts in the Avengers team-up film.

    What I hope is that Thor will be very serious in tone – no Iron Man-type humour (As much as I love that film). I think it should have the feel of the series Rome, or the movie Gladiator. Very styled and serious.

    As for Elf, I can’t think of too many Christmas films better than that. It’s one of the few times where I liked Ferrel.

  20. @ Gary

    No way would I see a prequel/sequel to Watchmen..not even if Alan Moore wrote it and it was believable and picked one of the best 100 works of fiction of the 21st century…No way!!!

    But seriously I would not be able to not watch it…It’s like forbidden fruit or something because even though you know it would probably blow badly it would be something you would have to see for yourself..

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