Matthew Vaughn to Direct Thor Movie
Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, who started off his career well with Layer Cake and is about to take a step off into the deep end with Stardust, is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Marvel comic character Thor. As with all comic book movies these days, we "hear" about them, but it always takes a while for them to truly come together. Last year Avi Arad announced that a Thor movie was in the works, saying "we're in the scripting stage right now." The news today comes via an article in the LA Times, and states that Vaughn is likely to direct a script written by Mark Protosevich (Poseidon, I Am Legend).
Although Thor is a fairly well known comic book character, he's probably known best by his mythological roots as the son of Norse god Odin. In the comic book series, Thor is on a mission from his father Odin to be a superhero on Earth while hiding under the secret identity of Dr. Donald Blake. Thor would transform by tapping his walking stick on the ground. The character can be recognized by his blonde hair, winged helmet, and giant hammer.
Given the current timing of other comic book movies and given that Thor wasn't mentioned in the Comic-Con lineup this year, it's likely we won't see this film until at least 2009, but it's good to know it's moving along in the right direction.