'Game of Thrones' Director Alan Taylor Now Set to Helm 'Thor' Sequel

December 24, 2011
Source: Deadline

Thor / Alan Taylor

Before Monster director Patty Jenkins was brought on to direct Marvel's sequel to this year's blockbuster Thor (and ultimately stepped away from the project, much to the chagrin of star Natalie Portman) TV director Brian Kirk was in talks to helm the feature. But now Deadline reports a Alan Taylor, a different director who has worked on the same series as Kirk such as "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones," is in talks to direct the sequel written by the first film's co-writer Don Payne thus keeping it on track for its release on November 15th, 2013. Hopefully the quick rush to production won't hurt the film's quality.

Marvel has had plenty of creative issues with directors like Jon Favreau (see Iron Man 2) and also with talent like Natalie Portman, Terrence Howard and Edward Norton. At times it seems like it's the talent being stingy, but it really seems like Marvel is just a difficult studio to deal with most of the time. Since Marvel thought Patty Jenkins wasn't acting decisively enough to meet their November release date, it sounds like Taylor is more in line with the studio's vision and timeline which could be both good and bad. The film shouldn't be done because it's trying to meet a release date, it should be done because there's a good movie ready to be made. Here's hoping Portman is on board with Taylor's hiring and there won't be anymore problems in the future for the Thor sequel.

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  • Xerxexx
    That's good news, he should do just fine with Thor.
  • Richie G
    I don't know anyone who didn't like Thor, except me. I f**king hate that movie. Am I going crazy or was it not the worst thing ever?!! It felt lazy in spite of having a million man hours of cgi, pacing was ass and the characters and their relationships weren't fleshed out. They were just as 2d as the pages they came from... and now they're rushing a sequel GOOD JOB                                                          Merry Christmas ;-p
    • Merc
      You're not the only one who felt that way, and it's a shame. Captain America was worse. This Avengers stuff has me facepalming on overdrive.
      • Chip_Tha_Ripper
        Okay WHAT? How could you hate thor and captain america? I can accept people thinking thor was bad because you know the storyline wasnt amazing but they wanted to stay true to the original story and a bunch of cgi. But captain?? For shame sir, FOR SHAME!
        • ur_babys_daddy
          Captain America was a great throw back and set up for avengers, but marvel overall, makes action figure movies, not action that leaves you wanting more.
    • Paco
      i thought it was a heep of shit to mate i will not get they hours back when i watched it even sleeping would of been better than watching it
  • Attama13
    You guys must be young. Anyone who remembers the decades of crap we had to live with before the last decade's super hero film boon probably shares my ability to cut these new films a slight slack.  I remember the Captain America from the 90's, old school 70's Spider-man, Dolph Lungren's Punisher...  ::shudder:: I agree. The new films aren't perfect. The producers, trying to appeal to the widest possible audience, have in some areas fallen short. But I am sorry, last summer's Thor and Captain America were freaking 'Gone with the Wind' compaired to the loveless productions of my youth :/
    • Nubdud
      HAHAHAHA I agree. Back in the 90's I had zero DVDs of all my favorite superheroes. Now I have all of them, even that crappy Green Lantern 😛  
      • Hanuman
        Thor hit my tv set last night via On Demand and I loved it.  Flawless, no, but mostly I enjoyed the design and rendering along with top notch acting and staging.  The story played like Shakespeare and I saw why during the end credits.  The director boldly presenting science fantasy aspects made this movie really enjoyable.




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