It looks like we may have our incoming director for Marvel Studios' Thor sequel. With Kenneth Branagh deciding not to return for a big Hollywood tent pole affair, the search has been on for the right man or woman to sit in the director's chair for the follow-up adventure which is set to strike theaters July 26, 2013. That search may be at an end, with Deadline reporting that Patty Jenkins is the front-runner at the moment and close to being named by Marvel and Walt Disney Pictures.
Jenkins is best known from her efforts in helming Monster, a 2003 movie which gained Charlize Theron an Oscar. Ever since the film, she's focused mainly in the television medium by shooting episodes of "Arrested Development", "Entourage" and the pilot for AMC's "The Killing."
If the director receives the gig, she will be leading the production based on a screenplay by Don Payne. Lead star Chris Hemsworth has already committed to returning into the lead role and was recently seen playing Thor on the set of next summer's The Avengers.
As far as story for the sequel is concerned, all we have to go on so far is Marvel chief Kevin Feige's brief thoughts to EW today.
"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.”