With Kenneth Branagh moving on, and likely to the Don Roos-scripted The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Thor 2 is going to need a new director. Somebody who can do ensemble drama, maybe. Somebody who can do funny curly dialogue and big helmets.
To this end, Marvel are in talks with Brian Kirk, sometime director of Game of Thrones, Dexter, the BBC’s Great Expectations and Luther.
This will be Kirk’s first feature and, to be honest, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a single shot he’s called, so I don’t know what to expect. Great Expectations is shooting now, and I’m sure I’ll be seeing that when it screens on the Beeb.
Thor 2, with its Don Payne screenplay and beefcake lead, will have to be heading into production pretty soon as Marvel have already chalked it up for US release on July 26th, 2013. I’ll never stop being bemused by this practice of making films to a release date. It seems the calendar is as important as the screenplay in planning a tentpole.
But what’s this about Potato Peel Pie? With a Don Roos script and a well-liked source novel, it looks like Branagh might have made the wiser call here.
The book is comprised of letters sent back and forth as part of a post-war romance between London and Guernsey. From what I can gather it contrasts the experience of London in the Blitz with life on Guernsey under Nazi occupation.
From the talent involved, I must say I’m rather more interested in that than Thor 2. More on both as they move forward.