Thor 2 is having an incredibly rocky road to the big screen. Kenneth Branagh originally turned down the chance to return as director, then talks with his replacement Brian Kirk broke down, and just recently director Patty Jenkins walked away from the project. Marvel is, understandably, working hard to get things back on track, and it looks as though they’ve already zeroed in on Jenkins’ replacement. The studio is apparently looking at two directors as possible candidates to take the job: Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan. Both come from the TV world, and both have helmed episodes of HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones. Hit the jump for more, including what candidates are being considered to draft a new screenplay.
Fox 2000 acquired the rights to The Secret Journeys of Jack London last year. Variety reports the studio has now hired John Collee (Master and Commander: Far Side of the World) to adapt the screenplay. The novels by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon imagines a young Jack London in the Yukon at the end of the 19th century, where “he faces obstacles such as raging rivers, dog-sled races and villainous prospectors, while discovering something much more sinister and mysterious waiting for him deep within the frozen woods.”
As of March 2011, there are two novels in the Secret Journeys series, so we could be looking at a potential franchise. With Collee on board, the prospects are looking good. At the very least, Young Jack London sounds like a much better role model for the young ones than Percy Jackson. Read the synopsis for the first book, The Wild, after the jump.
Imagine living in a time where you put forth a theory in which, “…the world stopped believing that God had any sort of plan for us? Nothing mattered. Not love, trust, faith – not honor. Only brute survival.” Now imagine that time is 1850s England and you are a scientist – very much living in a world where God is to be feared and has created all things great and small. You come up with a brave, new radical theory on human evolution. Would you risk everything – your professional reputation, standing in society, friends and family to put forward your radical new idea? This is the crux of what Creation wrestles with. It tells the story of Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) and his tortuous struggle to produce his best known work, “On the Origin of Species.” More after the jump: