First, Marvel Films announced their entire slate of projects for the next three years. Among the films included Thor coming summer 2010 - June 4, 2010 to be specific.
And now comes word that director Matthew Vaughn (i.e. behind last year's Stardust and the original director for X-Men: The Last Stand) is off the film.
To be honest, I'm surprised this film is going to see the light of day to begin with.
Thor's basically known by the general public for having a big-ass hammer and appearing in Chris Columbus' 1987 comedy Adventures in Babysitting.
And if you remember, the first draft that Vaughn handed into the studio was said to have cost $300 million to produce(!)
The official reason behind this call is "his holding deal expired December."
This is interesting considering as recently as this past March Vaughn didn't indicate he was off the project other than to tell Empire Online:
"We’re in a holding pattern at the moment. It's up to Marvel, they have to decide if they want to make the movie and then we take it from there."
Yes, someone involved in the film industry misled us! I'm as shocked as Renault (Claude Rains) in Casablanca discovering gambling at Rick's Cafe.
At the moment, I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich is in the middle of a script polish.
Don't be surprised if Marvel unveils Vaughn's replacement at this year's San Diego Comic Con... if not sooner.
Source: Hollywood Reporter