'Game Of Thrones' Helmer Alan Taylor Tapped For 'Thor 2'

Thor 2 made headlines back in September when it tapped Patty Jenkins to direct — making her the first female filmmaker ever chosen for a big Marvel Studios picture — and then again earlier this month when Jenkins was abruptly fired from her post. Now it seems the project's back on track, as news breaks that Game of Thrones' Alan Taylor has been offered the job. Taylor and another Game of Thrones director, Daniel Minahan, were reported as the two finalists for the position a few weeks ago. More details after the jump.

Jenkins was considered an unexpected choice at the time she was hired, due to the fact that her only previous feature was 2003's Monster. However, she was let go a few months later due to "a lack of overall clarity in her choices," which left Marvel worrying that the project could have trouble staying on schedule. Star Natalie Portman was said to be furious over Jenkins' exist, as she had been instrumental in helping Jenkins land the gig. According to one source, studio executives began second-guessing their decision once they began their search for a screenwriter.

Though Thor 2 isn't due out for another couple of years, the production has already hit some worrisome rough patches. In fact, Jenkins only came on board after Brian Kirk (another Game of Thrones veteran) turned down the project owing to "creative and financial sticking points that arose during negotiations." But if Taylor's able to arrive at a deal quickly and hit the ground running, perhaps production will proceed more smoothly from here on out.