Kenneth Branagh to Direct Thor Movie? WTF?

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When Marvel Studios released their release slate of big movies for the next few years, I think more than a few people were curious about some of the dates. One of those movies scheduled for 2010 is the “Thor” flick, which didn’t even have a director yet at that point, and you would think a movie as CGI-heavy as a Thor movie would require quite a bit of pre-production work before shooting even begins. It now appears as if Marvel is trying to remedy the whole no-director snafu by announcing that they are currently in negotiations with Kenneth Branagh to direct their big movie. Yes, Kenneth Branagh. The Shakespearean dude. I know, right? Talk about coming out of left field! Does a guy like Branagh even know what comic books look like???

Variety says it’s true, so it must be true:

Kenneth Branagh is negotiating to direct “Thor,” the next Marvel Comics property that will be turned into a live-action film by Marvel Studios. Pic will be released in 2010.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige’s choice of Branagh is surprising, as Branagh hasn’t really directed an action-heavy film since his debut on “Henry V,” a bloody telling of the British king’s conquest of France.

Branagh is the latest in a string of directors — such as Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), Christopher Nolan (the Batman franchise) and Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) — with arthouse roots taking on big-budget comicbook fare.

The script is by Mark Protosevich, who also penned last year’s mega hit “I am Legend”, 2006′s not-so-much mega hit “Poseidon” remake, and 2000′s freaky-dinky “The Cell”. The film doesn’t have a star yet, although both Brad Pitt and Kevin McKidd has been touted as potential hammer wielders.

Kenneth Branagh to Direct Thor

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  • Ken

    I agree with the poor choice of Branagh for the director, but I have a few suggestions for the actor to play Thor. In the movie “13th Warrior”, the cast that played the vikings where actual scandinavian actors who were extremely tall and of a stature to play our Thor. I suggest taking a look at actual actors or wrestlers from the scandinavian countries to try and fill the bill for Thor. It’s worth a try.

  • Ken

    I agree with the poor choice of Branagh for the director, but I have a few suggestions for the actor to play Thor. In the movie “13th Warrior”, the cast that played the vikings where actual scandinavian actors who were extremely tall and of a stature to play our Thor. I suggest taking a look at actual actors or wrestlers from the scandinavian countries to try and fill the bill for Thor. It’s worth a try.

  • Ken

    I agree with the poor choice of Branagh for the director, but I have a few suggestions for the actor to play Thor. In the movie “13th Warrior”, the cast that played the vikings where actual scandinavian actors who were extremely tall and of a stature to play our Thor. I suggest taking a look at actual actors or wrestlers from the scandinavian countries to try and fill the bill for Thor. It’s worth a try.

  • david

    I really think Marvel needs to re-evaluate their choice for director this guy has probably never even picked up a comic book not to mention direct a movie about one

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      No he probably hasn’t but there are much worse directors out there. What about the self confessed fans that mess up the films. Everyone supposedly hated Ghost Rider film Mark Steven Johnson directed, not to mention Daredevil. Alos people are complaining about the Fantastic Four films (which I liked because they weren’t the angst filled dramas that Spider-man and X-men were, and were more fun) directed by Tim Story, but he was a fan too. Branagh on the other hand is a Shakespearean actor and has directed several award winning adaptations. He knows visuals, knows actors, and he knows how to bring out the theatrical and do a period/fantsy piece that doesn’t feel over the top. Check out his 4 hour Hamlet, or his adaptation of Henry V, or the comedy Much Ado about Nothing. He’s the perfect person to bring the mythology and granduer of Asgard while grounding it in a realistic rerality.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      No he probably hasn’t but there are much worse directors out there. What about the self confessed fans that mess up the films. Everyone supposedly hated Ghost Rider film Mark Steven Johnson directed, not to mention Daredevil. Alos people are complaining about the Fantastic Four films (which I liked because they weren’t the angst filled dramas that Spider-man and X-men were, and were more fun) directed by Tim Story, but he was a fan too. Branagh on the other hand is a Shakespearean actor and has directed several award winning adaptations. He knows visuals, knows actors, and he knows how to bring out the theatrical and do a period/fantsy piece that doesn’t feel over the top. Check out his 4 hour Hamlet, or his adaptation of Henry V, or the comedy Much Ado about Nothing. He’s the perfect person to bring the mythology and granduer of Asgard while grounding it in a realistic rerality.

  • david

    I really think Marvel needs to re-evaluate their choice for director this guy has probably never even picked up a comic book not to mention direct a movie about one

  • david

    I really think Marvel needs to re-evaluate their choice for director this guy has probably never even picked up a comic book not to mention direct a movie about one

    • Deadpool3678

      No he probably hasn’t but there are much worse directors out there. What about the self confessed fans that mess up the films. Everyone supposedly hated Ghost Rider film Mark Steven Johnson directed, not to mention Daredevil. Alos people are complaining about the Fantastic Four films (which I liked because they weren’t the angst filled dramas that Spider-man and X-men were, and were more fun) directed by Tim Story, but he was a fan too. Branagh on the other hand is a Shakespearean actor and has directed several award winning adaptations. He knows visuals, knows actors, and he knows how to bring out the theatrical and do a period/fantsy piece that doesn’t feel over the top. Check out his 4 hour Hamlet, or his adaptation of Henry V, or the comedy Much Ado about Nothing. He’s the perfect person to bring the mythology and granduer of Asgard while grounding it in a realistic rerality.