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 ThronesAlan 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.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Taylor is on the verge of entering talks for Thor 2, which is still targeting a November 15, 2013 release date. In addition, the studio is still in the process of hiring a writer to work on Don Payne‘s script. If Taylor signs on, it will be his first film since Kill the Poor in 2003. Taylor’s resume mostly consists of television work, including episodes of Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and Mad Men in addition to Game of Thrones.

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.

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