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Recently, Marvel's 'Thor 2' lost its director Patty Jenkins; whether she quit or was removed from the project still seems to be a bit up in the air. Almost as soon as Jenkins was out the door, rumors were beginning to circulate as to who would be replacing her. The top prospects appeared to be two former 'Game of Thrones' directors: Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan. Well it looks like the Hammer has officially passed to Alan Taylor. Taylor, in addition to his multiple episode stint on HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' has also helmed episodes of 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'The Sopranos.' Initially there was talk of the studio hiring a writer to touch up the existing script by Don Payne, but no word yet as to who Marvel may have settled on for that job. It looks like 'Thor 2' is back on track for its November 15, 2013 release date.
This is great news! It's like watching two geek universes collide in a beautiful fireball of genre fandom. Given that Thor's origins are based in epic myth and legend, someone with a background in fantasy seems perfectly suited to take up the mantle. Now to postulate about how the new Thor film may differ from the first based on this change of guard. Granted, Marvel probably has quite a bit of influence over the final product, which may have been the reason for Jenkins' exit, but it would be interesting if the darker, bleaker aesthetic of 'Game of Thrones' finds its way into a Thor film. But, as with 'Game of Thrones,' that aesthetic goes hand in hand with the writing so we'll have to wait and see who the studio chooses for the rewrite/touch up. We'll keep you updated on that as it develops.
What do you guys think? Are you happy with this choice?