When the first poster for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World dropped – revealing that Carter Burwell will be scoring the sequel – there was restlessness amongst the fan ranks, since many were holding out hope that composer Patrick Doyle would return for the God of Thunder’s third on-screen appearance (Doyle’s emotionally-charged “Letting Go” melody from the first installment is a personal favorite).
Burwell, according to new reports, has stepped down as the composer on The Dark World, after splitting with Marvel heads over creative differences. Reps for the comic book movie studio are describing the parting of ways as amicable, claiming that “[Studio heads] liked him but it wasn’t the right project.”
This development – reported exclusively by Deadline – isn’t the first time that Marvel has said goodbye to an important creative player on the Thor sequel, citing the problem as being “wasn’t the right project.” Patty Jenkins (director of The Killing pilot) was the original choice to oversee the film, but ended up stepping away over artistic differences.
A subsequent report charged that Jenkins was “fired without warning,” due to her not having a set game-plan for the superhero project; other insiders, at the time, claimed the parting of ways was on better terms and Jenkins could return to the fold and direct a future Marvel film (one of the Phase Three movies in consideration, perhaps).
Jenkins ended up being replaced as director by Alan Taylor, who also comes from a television background – which includes his time serving as one of the showrunners on Game of Thrones – after having directed multiple episodes on acclaimed cable series like Sex and the City, The Sopranos and Mad Men. Most of the Screen Rant readership have responded well to the Dark World teaser trailer, which provides a small taste of Taylor’s grittier vision for the franchise.
Similarly, Burwell was an intriguing choice to serve as the composer on The Dark World. He frequently collaborates with directors like the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze and Bill Condon – which includes on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2 - but it’s possible his arthouse movie music sensibilities just didn’t gel with Marvel’s plan for the Thor sequel. (That the studio is known for not always being easy to work alongside, probably didn’t help.)
Iron Man 3 is currently in theaters, Thor: The Dark World arrives on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015, and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.
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