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