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'Game of Thrones' Veteran Brian Kirk to Helm Marvel's 'Thor' Sequel

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August 4, 2011
Source: Variety

Marvel's Thor

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.

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  • BlackFantasyFilmmaker
    Nice choice. even though I loved the Game of Thrones tv show, it wasn't really fantasy until the end.
    • Richie G
      Precisely why I'm excited about it.  Kirk could potentially ease the audience into the fantasy elements and use them to build anticipation unlike Branagh who blew his load in the first twenty minutes of the last one
    • Anonymous
      A medieval world that doesn't really exists with witch women that actually have powers isn't fantasy? You have to see dragons for it to be fantasy? GET HELP!
    • Anonymous
      It was more intrigue than fantasy which really pulls in the attention. You want CG , just watch Dungeon Seige
    • casting couch
      The whole GoT world was a fantasy world.
  • NeoSlyfer
    Niiice
  • MACRO
    Now THAT is a good choice for a director.
  • rhythmdave
    i heard miley cyrus is directing thor 3
    • Manuel
      Bring it on!
  • YomanDenver
    Wait. There's a sequel to Thor 2!? Alex, just drop the 2, and it'll read gooder.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      Woops, sorry for the confusion... it reads better now. ;)
  • Brandon
    HAIL TO THE HAMMER!
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Pickart/100002458784599 Adam Pickart
    Sounds like a great choice but I hope he doesn't change the general look and aesthetics set in the first film. The first movie really did as well as anyone could with bringing magic space vikings to the real world.
    • Richie G
      Holy hell, I have no idea if you're being serious or sarcastic. Here's hoping they change all that stuff. Thor had a lot of potential, but they told and showed too much. Took all the mysticism right out of it
  • http://twitter.com/darktaxidermist Davide Coppola
    Jeremy loves the shows he directed, so he should be good :)
  • Django9000
    Wonder if they'll take more of a "Tales from Asgard" angle, and focus mostly away from Earth.  Personally, I could've spent that whole first movie there, as opposed to bringing things to Earth for tie-in purposes.  And I somehow don't think I'm alone ...

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