“Thor,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, was a big hit for Marvel and Disney this summer. Not surprisingly then, the studio is looking to copy the success of the first film with a sequel helmed by another gentlemen hailing from the British Isles and possessing more than a little experience with epic storytelling: Brian Kirk.
After a $447 million worldwide-box-office take, generated off a character nowhere near as mainstream as Spider-Man or even Iron Man, a “Thor 2” was somewhat of a foregone conclusion. But after Branagh decided not to return for the sequel, it was up in the air who would end up directing the flick.
Enter Irish director Brian Kirk, who showed, during his recent stint on “Game of Thrones,” an ability to wrangle numerous characters in period dress spouting deliciously overblown dialogue – something that should be a prerequisite for anyone working on a “Thor” movie. Kirk has also worked on “Boardwalk Empire,” “Dexter” and “Luther,” so he’s even pals with Idris Elba already.
It’s not a done deal yet, but Variety is reporting that Kirk is currently at the top of a list that includes directors like Drew Goddard, James McTeigue, Noam Murro and Breck Eisner. Whoever directs will be working from a script by Don Payne, who has previous superhero experience on both the first “Thor” movie as well as “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.”
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