It’s no surprise a Thor sequel is already in the works – with the God of Thunder’s debut feature raking in $447 million in worldwide box office and the character set to be a focal point in next summer’s The Avengers, Thor is a big deal in the comic movie universe.
Disney, who’s already wise to the fact that comic fans are clamoring for more Asgardian adventures, is set to give audiences exactly what want – Thor 2 is already set for a summer 2013 release.
While Chris Hemsworth will return to swing the hammer once again, one of the key creative forces behind the first film isn’t coming back. Director Kenneth Branagh was given the option to helm the sequel, but has passed. Disney is now working to fill that void – and they’ve set their sights on a very intriguing young director.
Sources are telling Variety that Brian Kirk is the man Disney wants to direct Thor’s next big- screen adventure. The filmmaker has no feature film experience, but his work on the HBO fantasy hit Game of Thrones has the House of Mouse convinced he’s the right man for the job. The director’s ability to work with large ensemble casts and bring compelling fantasy worlds to the screen are said to be the key factors in Disney’s decision to put Kirk at the top of their directorial wishlist. Reports indicate that Don Payne’s script features a massive cast of Asgardians and will feature mythical monsters as well.
Should things not pan out, Disney does have a shortlist of other directors who they’d consider for the sequel. Variety says that Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), Breck Eisner (The Crazies), Noam Murro (300: Battle of Artemesia), and James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin) are all part of the backup plan should things with Kirk fall through. Honestly, Kirk is probably a better choice than anyone on that list – and Murro’s probably not even an option given that the 300 sequel is looking to keep him occupied for the foreseeable future.
What do you guys think? Does the melding of Game of Thrones and Marvel sound like a match made in heaven or is there some other director you’d want to see bringing Thor back to the screen for a second go-round?