‘Game of Thrones’ Helmer In Talks To Direct ‘Thor 2′

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

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Marvel Studios has already settled on an official release date and commissioned a screenwriter for Thor 2. However, the comic book movie sequel is currently without a director, since Kenneth Branagh decided to pass on calling the shots on the mighty Asgardian’s next solo venture.

Word has been circulating recently about Marvel being on the prowl to find another director for the Thor followup, sooner rather than later – and now, a viable candidate has emerged.

Variety is reporting that Brian Kirk has begun early negotiations with the studio to direct Thor 2. The film will mark Chris Hemsworth’s third onscreen appearance as the famous hammer-wielding warrior, following his appearance in next year’s superhero team-up extravaganza, The Avengers.

While Kirk’s filmography only includes one relatively obscure, feature-length theatrical release, he has some impressive credentials as a TV episode helmer. Kirk’s resume includes multiple-episode stints as director on shows like The Tudors, Funland, and Father & Son. More recently, he directed a single episode on Dexter and Boardwalk Empire – as well as two episodes of Luther and three of HBO’s hit Game of Thrones series (including “The Wolf and the Lion”, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”, and “Lord Snow”).

It was Kirk’s work on Game of Thrones that really caught the attention of Marvel studio heads, who were pleased by his ability “to juggle ensembles of thesps and complex storylines… while also grounding the fantasy genre.” Naturally, they decided he was a nice fit to helm Thor 2, for that reason.

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If there’s one thing that Branagh always brings to the table as a director, it’s a sense of theatricality; even when he fails, he does so in grand fashion. Thor definitely benefitted from that, especially with regards to the portions of the film that took place in Asgard or concerned the dynamic between Hemworth’s warrior, his non-biological sibling Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and father Odin (Anthony Hopkins).

While Kirk does not have the history of producing lavishing motion pictures like Branagh, he definitely has solid experience, when it comes to grounding the fantastical elements of a story – not to mention, character drama and conflict, which Thor 2 is bound to be ripe with.

Even though Thor was only partially constricted (in a narrative sense) by its obligations as a prelude to The Avengers – and it managed to integrate a S.H.I.E.L.D. subplot in a less clumsy fashion than Iron Man 2 did – the sequel should have more breathing room to further explore different aspects of the Thor mythos and flesh out its characters better. So long as Thor 2 screenwriter Don Payne – and whoever ends up directing the film, be it Kirk or someone else – can manage that task, it should be another solid addition to the Marvel movie collection.


Thor 2 is scheduled for theatrical release on July 26th, 2013.

Source: Variety

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  1. Unexpected but could be more than acceptable – might mean we’d see more fantasy elements in the next Thor movie. And Kirk certainly has been doing a nice job directing that show. But who knows.

  2. Hoping for the enchantress as the villain

  3. I’m not familiar with the director, but if he is good with fantasy stuff, he seems like a good choice. Hope this sequel takes place COMPLETELY in the Nine Realms and Asgard (of course the first one had to go to Earth to tie into the Avengers, but now we know Thor is and I wanna see more of his home). Surtur the big fire demon would make a cool villain, with Enchantress and the Executioner. Man, there are SO MANY possibilities for new character and villains! Who knows, maybe even give Hercules and the gods of Mt. Olympus a cameo, have Odin talk of a old allegiance with them? Just a fanboy suggestion :)

    • god yes I hop he gets the job love thor and game of thrones hope thor doesn’t get his head chopped off.

      • sorry hope he gets the job

  4. This guy directed some of the BEST. DANG. EPISODES. of Game of Thrones. He would be PERFECT for Thor 2.

    • agreed with ya

  5. I have yet to see Game Of Thrones (I don’t have HBO, will check it out on DVD), but The Tudors was good, and for TV that’s a pretty impressive resume. Every film director has to start somewhere, so I say give the guy a shot.

  6. Excellent choice

  7. Wow! I love Marvel Studios!
    Now that the ‘Handcuffs are off in presenting a ‘B character to the General Audiances..Marvel has the oppurtunity to tell a Thor story in its full ‘Epic porpotions. Asgard culture,History and society can be told, while telling the major story at the same time. People complained about the *jumping from Earth to Asgard in the first film. All of the obvious intentions to further prepare the GA(General Audiances). for *future projects *hampered the full attention of the film. Everyone knows that…it was a calculated risk but had to be done..ask ‘Zack Synder, Jon Favure and the Chris Nolan faithful. It’s funny now..how *certain People didn’t think Thor would work on film…now were in the midst of the sequel…lol! Oh I remember the ‘its not reality based…its not IronMan/Dark Knight..People may not relate to it now that they’ve seen RDJ and love his *Real World atmosphere…Thor…no,no…LOL!
    Wait..wait…remember they scared Kevin Feige so bad that…

    Let’s make it easier for the GA. Let’s make the Norse gods ‘Aliens(ET)..people will accept that more readily…

    Well somebody didn’t tell the producers of Clash of the Titans,Lord of the Rings, this theory…
    How did those movie make out? Don’t wanna seem like I’m glotting..nah..maybe I am…
    For ASGARD!!!!

  8. I don’t have HBO, which sucks since I am fan of Sean Bean, good actor, but if this guy, Kirk is doing well on Game of Thrones then why give him a shot at THOR 2.

  9. I haven’t watched Game Of Thrones but Marvel gave Brain Kirk the director job for a good reason.

    I still want Kenneth Branagh to direct Thor 2, he did a great job but maybe this time he can produces Thor 2.

    • He is staying on as a producer…

  10. Good choice. The guy clearly knows how to direct, and direct big fantasy. SHould be good. More Idris Elba in the sequel please!

  11. Anything will be better then the first Thor. What a letdown a la Iron Man 2. Same thing holding it back, same rushed pace of redemption, etc. That being said he did indeed direct some of my favorite GoT episodes so happy to see him on board.

  12. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones so I can’t really judge whether or not this guy would be a good director or not. I’ll hope for the best. That being said, I was really hoping that Mike Newell would get a chance to direct Thor 2. He did Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire and I was really impressed with pretty much everything in that movie.

  13. i would love to see someone get this franchise right but its not happening. some director needs to have the guts and make chris hemsworth don blake, a cgi bigger thor and put his stinking helmut on because thats what makes marvels characters special.. and enough with the plastic costumes and shields and the frost giants not looking like the blue creatures from avatar.. thor should have been a bigger grossing film.

    • Dude, Don Blake (like the comics) would be retarded in the movie and a CGI “bigger Thor” is even more retarded, Hemsworth is f***ing huge. And what was wrong with the costumes?? What should the Asgardians have worn?? And the frost giants were like the best part of the movie.

  14. Why did Branagh decline?

    • To my knowledge, Branagh’s never directed a sequel. My guess would be that he liked the experience of directing “Thor” but is probably eager to try a different project. It’s understandable, but also a shame because I thought this movie was very entertaining and enjoyable throughout. Branagh’s kind of an actor’s director and really brought out a ton in their performances. Hemsworth while not a veteran actor still managed to command attention and not get overshadowed by his co-stars.