Three weeks ago we learned that Monster director Patty Jenkins would no longer be stepping into Kenneth Branagh’s shoes to helm Thor 2. Shortly thereafter, as more details poured out on situation, fingers pointed towards Marvel Studios as the source of the controversy, indicating that they had fired her from the job, much to the displeasure of Natalie Portman, who was an advocate of Jenkins getting the gig in the first place.
Jenkins marks yet another names joining the quickly growing list of directors separating with the studio over “creative differences.” Marvel, in a hurry to lockdown a replacement, reportedly had TV directors Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan on their shortlist, both of whom worked on Game of Thrones. As it turns out, one of them got the gig.
Taylor’s resume primarily consists of TV work, directing key episodes in a variety of top tier programs including Boardwalk Empire, Rome, Mad Men, The Sopranos, Lost, and most recently, five of the first 12 episodes of Game of Thrones. It’s the latter that earned the eye of Marvel and hence, his first big budget feature film with Thor 2.
The sequel is again on track for its pushed-back release date of November 2013, where Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston both return after their stint as Thor and Loki, respectively, in next year’s The Avengers. Natalie Portman is also contracted to return and we can expect the rest of our favorite Asgardian heroes to return as well.
As for Jenkins, when news first broke of her departure, it was on good terms with word that Marvel was considering her to direct another movie down the road, one that wouldn’t be a sequel. Whether that remains true, we’ll just have to see. Perhaps she’ll be in charge in one of the mystery movies coming from Marvel Studios in 2014?
Thor 2 hits theaters in the on November 15, 2013.
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