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Jenkins Exits THOR 2

Patty Jenkins and Marvel Studios split ways.

By Jarrod Sarafin     December 07, 2011
Source: Deadline

Nearly two months after expressing her excitement on being picked to direct Thor 2, it seems that Patty Jenkins is no longer in charge of bringing the sequel to theaters in 2013. Deadline reports Jenkins and Marvel Studios have parted ways due to the age old Hollywood reason of "creative differences." The online trade does report the split is merely creative and no bridges were burned, hinting that the Monster director may tackle a different Marvel superhero in the future. So the search begins for a new director.

In the sequel, Chris Hemsworth will be joined by his co-stars Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige will be producing and screenwriter Don Payne has been charged with fleshing out the scripted adventure.

Producer Feige has already described the sequel's story by saying "We're going to take Thor literally to other worlds -It will primarily be the journey of that character, of he and Jane Foster and how the new dynamic with his father is working out, as well as what are the broader stakes for The Nine Worlds."

Thor 2 arrives in theaters November 15, 2013.

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Wiseguy 12/7/2011 8:41:42 AM

I love Marvel, love that they control their properties, love that they won't allow directors to possibly shit all over their characters. BUT at the same time you have to start to wonder if they're (Feige) micro-managing these films too much. I understand they have a destination in mind but they have to allow the directors some freedoms IMO and this is starting to become a trend.

I like all the Marvel films so no major complains yet. At the same time them trying to control the length of films (2 hours or less) and limiting the directors' freedoms I think is keeping their films a bit too 2 dimensional. It would be nice to have a little more character depth ala IronMan and Captain America without skimping on the action which I think they both did to a degree, but were still great because of the former
 

 

Btw, I say bring back Branagh. I doubt that will happen so I imagine some of the others considered before will be back at the forefront is what I read. McTeigue, Drew Goddard and Breck Eisner all make for interesting choices IMO.
 

violator14 12/7/2011 8:45:52 AM

why did the first director Branagh drop out again??

Whiskeymovie 12/7/2011 8:49:07 AM

Bring in Rian Johnson,,,I want to see what he can do with a big budget movie.,...

Wiseguy 12/7/2011 8:51:24 AM

I don't think it was ever stated violator, the only reason Branagh gave that I know was scheduling conflict but that's pure bullshit. You make time for a big budget production like THOR. I think maybe creative differences, control and money were the real issues  but they kept him on as producer. Sounds, to me at least, very similar to the Favreau situation without all the media noise.

shac2846 12/7/2011 9:09:01 AM

 Wise you make an excellent point and I have been wondering about how they handle these projects ever since the money issues started with Sam Jackson. I too like that they control their own destiny in regards to their in house properties but man you got to wonder (like Wise said) why they keep having all of these walk outs and stuff. I mean I wonder what the "creative differences" were. If you wanted a longer running time to develop character and story that could only be a good thing. Guess we'll never know. 

flinshadytoo 12/7/2011 9:20:12 AM

 Well that wasquick, shame but hey ,they'll find someone else, I totally agree with what wiseguy said, is there a little too much power play and egos going on? I'll still watch it anyhow.

aegrant 12/7/2011 9:51:24 AM

 Yeah we all would like Branagh back (oddly enough I thought he would fail when he made this but I was pleasantly surprised) but like Wiseguy stated Marvel (probably becasue they have been burned before - that is aimed at you FOX) likes to keep a firm grip on every aspect of their movies and some actors/directors like Branagh or Ed Norton just don't like being controlled like that...

IMO

monkeyfoot 12/7/2011 10:49:59 AM

Wiseguy, I think you hit it on the knob. Marvel wants (and really needs to) keep a tight control on their product and I know it can rub a filmmaker you are hiring for their creativity and work the wrong way. I don't know if there is a practical way of solving this difficult situation other than finding a director who can do great ideas but will be putty in you hands when you call him in the office. But then a creative person who is like that is usually no good.

ElBaz13 12/7/2011 12:16:33 PM

I applaud Marvel for being protective of their source. With Fox and Sony's butchering of some of their source material, they want to make sure it's not done the same within their own house.

The thing is, we don't know why Jenkins was let go. Could be anything. Not comfortable with action scenes? SFX or wanted to tweak the script and make some changes to take Thor out of the Marvel U movie-verse? We'll never know. The last thing they want is giant spiders fighting Thor.

I've liked all of the Marvel studios films so far. Sure they are not grade A in my book but still fun and do justice to the characters more than anything. Linking the movies together has been a treat for a Marvel geek like me.

But here comes my beef towards Marvel. Them being tightwads. So what if Branagh asked for say, 10-15 million. The movie made almost 400 million worldwide not counting home media sales and merchandise. What's a few million more? I understand they were tightwads when operating independently and borrowing money to finance but now they have the House of Mouse footing the bill on these movies. Time to pay up and get Branagh back.

BunyonSnipe 12/7/2011 4:06:02 PM

Kenneth Branagh has other commitments that are as important, if not MORE important than this movie, commitments that go back years...

You can't just back out of these things, just because a movie has a much bigger budget, he's not Brett Ratner or some other hack, he has principles...

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