Matthew Vaughn's Updates on Marvel's Thor - Currently On Hold
It has been quite a while since we've heard any updates on Marvel's Thor movie since Stardust director Matthew Vaughn (pictured above) pitched his $300 million script. You take that big of a budget and combine it with an unknown star, which Vaughn wants, and it's obvious that this is stuck. He confirms today with Empire that they're "in a holding pattern at the moment." Unfortunately beyond that there isn't much more of an update, but Vaughn does talk about his expectations and the script.
We've talked quite a bit recently about the status of any of Marvel's upcoming projects, but honestly I think even Marvel won't move forward on anything until they got over this summer with both Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Vaughn confirms that, "it's up to Marvel, they have to decide if they want to make the movie and then we take it from there." But the problem seems to lie in Vaughn's ideas, not only with the aforementioned $300 million script, but his requirement for an unknown actor and the style he's going for.
"Well, the main role is going to be played by someone totally unknown," he said. "It can't be a star, it's got to be someone totally unknown."
"I think you have to respect that it is comic book and silly to be frank, so you have to combine that with a modern style and hopefully come up with something fresh. I think we can come up with something special."
Apparently Marvel's Thor comic books are known for their overly lyrical dialogue and slightly ridiculous outfits, but (like Alan Moore's Watchmen), it's a big question as to how this will be updated and modernized to attract today's comic book movie fans. I will say that at the moment, Thor doesn't come close to any of the other comic book movies currently rumored to eventually be made, but it is a movie that I'm curious (more than anything) to see what Vaughn could do.
I'm certain we'll be hearing more updates on Thor this summer during the San Diego Comic-Con. For now it sounds like this project is on hold, at least until Vaughn works out script issues and until Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk hit theaters this summer.