by Paul Shirey
Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor has stepped up to helm the sequel to Thor after Patty Jenkins (Monster) was booted from the project. Jenkins was an odd choice from the beginning and it made me a little nervous. Why Marvel would make such a choice was even more questionable, but they’ve apparently come to their senses by hiring Taylor.
Taylor, a veteran TV director, most recently showed his prowess for the fantasy/sword/sorcery genre with his efforts on the HBO series Game of Thrones. Taylor handled two of the most powerful episodes of the series, “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood.” Any fan of the show should be able to recognize why that’s significant, especially with his hiring as the director of Thor 2.
While Taylor has spent his career as a TV director on everything from The Sopranos to Nurse Jackie to Sex and the City, he has also helmed episodes of the aforementioned Game of Thrones, Rome, Mad Men, Deadwood, etc. His IMDB profile is a laundry list of great shows (and great episodes to boot).
Chris Hemsworth returns to the role of our favorite Asgardian with a script by Don Payne (Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer). It’s likely that rewrites will take place before going before the lens, as well as a bevy of cast additions and a villain confirmation. So far, all we know about the story from Marvel Studios President Kevin Fiege is that it will “take Thor literally to other worlds.”
With Taylor at the helm, I feel much more confident that Fiege’s quote can be accomplished. I’m sure Jenkins will have no trouble finding some indie flick to suit her respective talents. Let’s hope Marvel stays on course with future director hires.
Thor 2 wields its might November 15, 2013.