'Saving Private Ryan' Writer Robert Rodat to Rewrite Marvel's 'Thor 2'
After having trouble locking down a director, which left both Brian Kirk and Patty Jenkins out in the wind, Marvel seems to finally be getting Thor 2 on track with TV director Alan Taylor stepping up to the plate. Recently, Tom Hiddleston, who played the first film's deceptive villain Loki, even said that the sequel will be shooting this summer. However, a quick rewrite will be done by Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot screenwriter Robert Rodat after the initial script was penned by Don Payne. It's probably a good choice since Payne was behind the script for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
Deadline confirms the film is indeed slated to go into production later this year so it can meet its planned release date in November of 2013. Honestly, this kind of rush job and director musical chairs has me worried for a sequel to a superhero film that was far from perfect to begin with, despite some great effort from Kenneth Branagh. Here's hoping the script comes together nicely with Rodat bringing his Academy Award nominated talents to the pages that hopefully have a good start from Payne, who turned in a decent script for the first Thor. Of course, it will be Taylor who will have to really bring everything together for a solid superhero sequel to follow Thor's hammer-wielding heroics in The Avengers.