Wouldn't it be horrible to make Natalie Portman mad?
There were apparently "creative differences" between director Patty Jenkins and Marvel Studios over "Thor 2" that led to a supposedly amicable parting of ways. Now there seems to be conflicting reports as to why Jenkins is no longer attached to the film -- and, either way, "Thor" star Natalie Portman is none too happy about it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Portman was apparently instrumental in the hiring of Jenkins to direct "Thor 2," a project that -- let's face it -- would certainly become a little bit more than just a contractual obligation to the Oscar-winning "Black Swan" star if the director of "Monster" were calling the shots on it. Now Natalie is reportedly thunderously mad over Jenkins' firing, with Marvel desperately trying to make amends by consulting her in finding a replacement.
Patty Jenkins was set to be the first woman to direct a superhero tentpole film. So what happened?
One source says Marvel became concerned that Jenkins was not moving decisively enough and feared the film might miss its November 2013 release date (though how she could move "decisively enough" on a project that doesn't even have a finished script is unknown). Another source says that Jenkins was too particular with what she wanted out of "Thor 2" and her radical vision of an already difficult character to pull off scared away the cost-conscious (and franchise-happy) Marvel Studios.
Whatever the reasons are for Jenkins being banished from Asgard, "Thor 2" now has an unhappy leading lady and no director. Is original "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh chuckling to himself right now?
We're sure "Thor 2" will make its Nov. 15, 2013 release date, no matter what. We just hope it ends up being a movie that was worth making.