The musical chairs game of choosing a director for Thor 2 continues on this fine Christmas Eve, as Marvel has now nabbed a (hopefully) permanent director for the project. Following the exit of Patty Jenkins over the ever-popular “creative differences”, Emmy-winning TV director Alan Taylor has now been set to take the helm. Taylor’s impressive resume includes the pilot of Mad Men, two episodes of Game of Thrones (the shocking penultimate episode “Baelor” and the season finale), and a handful of installments of The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and The West Wing. He’s also directed three feature films including 1995’s Palookaville. Hit the jump for more.
We previously reported that Marvel had narrowed their picks down to Taylor and fellow television director Daniel Minahan, but Deadline reports that they’ve settled on Taylor. While I was excited to see a female director chosen to helm the big-budget franchise entry, Taylor’s a fine replacement. He’s done some incredibly impressive work on the small screen and I’m intrigued to see what he brings to the superhero sequel.
With a director now set, Marvel can push forward and make their November 2013 release date. The studio was said to be mulling over a new screenwriter just as Jenkins left the project, and one assumes that’s their next step after tapping Taylor. Scribes apparently on Marvel’s shortlist include John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Happy Feet), Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, creator of Falling Skies), and Roger Avary (Beowulf). Hopefully we’ll hear more soon. Catch up on all our Thor 2 coverage here.