'Game of Thrones' Veteran Brian Kirk to Helm Marvel's 'Thor' Sequel
Kirk! If you can hear me, open the Bridge! Variety is reporting that Marvel has found a director for Thor 2, to follow-up Joss Whedon's The Avengers and Shane Black's Iron Man 3. His name is Brian Kirk, an Irish director mostly of lots of TV work, including 3 episodes of HBO's "Game of Thrones" and various episodes of "Boardwalk Empire", "Luther", "Dexter", "Father & Son" and the UK TV movie My Boy Jack. Kirk "rose to the top of the list of directors vying for the job after he showed his abilities to juggle large ensembles" and complex storylines while "also grounding the fantasy genre" in Thrones. Sounds like he'll be a good choice.
For those wondering, Kenneth Branagh was given the option to return for the sequel, but decided not to, as we've heard him mention before (see my interview). Brian Kirk is currently "in early negotiations", as the superhero sequel isn't even set for release until July 26th, 2013, nearly 24 months away. Obviously Chris Hemsworth will be back as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, but we have yet to see if they'll bring back the storyline with Jane Foster. I'm honestly impressed with the fresh talent that Marvel is lining up for their next wave of sequels after Avengers, including Shane Black. I thought Branagh did a great job with Thor, but I'm also looking forward to seeing what Brian Kirk can do and where he'll take us after the big team up.