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Just last week, 'Thor 2' lost its director when Patty Jenkins abandoned the project. Apparently Marvel was in the process of hiring a writer to come in and work on Don Payne's existing script when Jenkins left, so they are now effectively searching for a writer AND a director simultaneously. The short list of potential director replacements for this Marvel film intriguingly includes two television big shots: Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan. Taylor has directed episodes of 'Game of Thrones,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and 'The Sopranos' for HBO as well as 'Mad Men' for AMC and many more. Minahan has also directed episodes of 'Game of Thrones' as well as 'True Blood,' 'Deadwood,' and 'Grey's Anatomy.' On the writer side, Marvel is looking at everyone from John Collee ('Happy Feet,' 'Master and Commander: Far Side of the World'), Robert Rodat (TNT's 'Falling Skies,' 'Saving Private Ryan'), and Roger Avary (who co-wrote 'Pulp Fiction' with Quentin Tarantino). 'Thor 2'isn't set to be released until November of 2013, but Marvel still needs to get these positions filled quickly.
It is natural to be taken aback by the fact that a major studio like Marvel is leaning toward TV directors to helm a gigantic superhero sequel, but it's sort of a testament to the heights to which television has risen of late. 'Game of Thrones' was an incredible fantasy epic with performances and cinematography just as worthy of being on the big screen as it was TV. Now granted, neither of these guy were solely responsible for the success of 'Game of Thrones,' but given the strength of both their resumes, I guess what I'm saying is that the fact that they primarily work in television is far from a mark against them. And I don't know about you guys, but the idea of a Roger Avary-penned 'Thor'sequel has me finally interested in seeing it.
What do you guys think?
'Thor 2' is currently set for a November 15, 2013.