Natalie Portman “Furious” And “Deeply Upset” At Marvel’s Decision To Drop Patty Jenkins From Thor 2

Flying in the face of previous spin that her split with the studio was amicable, it’s now being said that director Patty Jenkins was fired without warning from Thor 2. Makes me really regret my previous headline:

Thor 2 Needs A New Director As Patty Jenkins

Decides To Leave

Would apparently have been more accurate to say:

Thor 2 Needs A New Director As Patty Jenkins

Tries To Stop Door From

Hitting Her On The Ass

The claims about Jenkins’ unceremonious sacking come from The Hollywood Reporter, who go on to say that Thor co-star Natalie Portman first heard of the director’s departure via the internet:

The news was out before anyone had told Portman, who had strongly urged Marvel to hire the director of 2003’s Monster… According to sources, Portman had begun to question whether she wanted to continue acting at all right now — possibly for several years — because she wants to spend time with her baby boy, who was born in June.

Portman was said to be re-engaged in Thor 2 because of Jenkins’ involvement and especially proud that she would have played a role in opening the door for a woman to direct such a film.

The story describes Portman as “deeply upset” and its headline even calls her “furious.”

There are conflicting stories as to why Jenkins was forced out, all from unnamed sources quoted in The Hollywood Reporter’s very Hollywoody report:

Still, the source says the company felt she showed “a lack of overall clarity in her choices,” which led to concern that the process would be “difficult.”

The source speculates that Marvel executives might have been won over initially by Portman’s enthusiasm for Jenkins but then, “when they started to interview writers for the rewrite . . . may have decided they really weren’t comfortable.”

“Marvel had certain things they needed to achieve… There were constraints on what she could do creatively.”

However it really went down, it ended up with Jenkins out of the picture, and Natalie Portman contractually locked in to turn up and act, no matter what happens next.

So, Marvel are looking to appease the actress and keep the wheels oiled by “including her in discussions about whom to hire as a replacement.”

Sounds awfully condescending on their part, coming straight after their canning of Portman’s previous choice.

Anyway, I hope Ms. P is a really big Game of Thrones fan because that’s where the studio seems most keen to find their director for this picture, having already considered Brian Kirk and now chewing over Dan Minahan and Alan Taylor.

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