Patty Jenkins, who famously directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar in Monster, had been set to direct Marvel’s Thor 2 for some time. She was meeting with the cast and all was looking well for the film’s November 15, 2013 release date. However, Jenkins has now left the project due to creative differences making her the second director to leave the project, the first being Game of Thrones helmer Brian Kirk. There’s more below.
Deadline broke first broke news of this story and though they say the reason was “creative differences” they also add “the feeling is that she’ll probably end up working on one of these superhero films, but perhaps not on a sequel.” So all is good with Jenkins, just not between her and Thor 2.
Reportedly Marvel is already out to agencies to find a replacement.
When one director leaves a project, it’s bad luck. When two directors leave, it’s bad news. Granted, Kirk was never set in stone like Jenkins was but it still doesn’t look good for the project. Tom Hiddleston, Kenneth Branagh and more all had nothing but the most positive things to say about Jenkins and many were excited that a female director was going to helm such a massive, male driven blockbuster.
But now, we’re back to the drawing board and with a release date locked in (one that has already changed, but is locked in nonetheless) a director will have precious little time to get acquainted with the film, the material, cast and crew before it has to begin shooting. November 2013 is a long way off – almost two years – but with the amount of effects needed for a Thor movie, a movie primarily set in a whole different world, you know Marvel and Disney would love the cameras to be rolling yesterday.
Are you worried about this? What kind of creative differences do you think might have occurred? Who would be a good replacement?