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

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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Nice choice. even though I loved the Game of Thrones tv show, it wasn't really fantasy until the end.

BlackFantasyFilmmaker on Aug 5, 2011


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

Richie G on Aug 5, 2011


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 on Aug 5, 2011


It was more intrigue than fantasy which really pulls in the attention. You want CG , just watch Dungeon Seige

Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011


The whole GoT world was a fantasy world.

casting couch on Aug 6, 2011



NeoSlyfer on Aug 5, 2011


Now THAT is a good choice for a director.

MACRO on Aug 5, 2011


i heard miley cyrus is directing thor 3

rhythmdave on Aug 5, 2011


Bring it on!

Manuel on Aug 5, 2011


Wait. There's a sequel to Thor 2!? Alex, just drop the 2, and it'll read gooder.

YomanDenver on Aug 5, 2011


Woops, sorry for the confusion... it reads better now. 😉

Alex Billington on Aug 5, 2011



Brandon on Aug 5, 2011


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.

Adam Pickart on Aug 5, 2011


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

Richie G on Aug 5, 2011


Jeremy loves the shows he directed, so he should be good 🙂

Davide Coppola on Aug 5, 2011


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 ...

Django9000 on Aug 9, 2011

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