Matthew Vaughn No Longer Directing Thor

Well this is interesting news. When Marvel Studios, buoyed by their massive “Iron Man” box office take was announcing their future slate earlier this week, this story showed up in The Hollywood Reporter but not a whole lot of people noticed a very important line about halfway into the article. What’s so interesting about it? It mentions that Matthew Vaughn, long attached to the “Thor” movie, is no longer attached to direct.

Here’s THR with the news:

“Thor” will be released about six weeks after “Iron Man 2,” and Marvel is waiting for a script polish from scribe Mark Protosevich (“I Am Legend”). Matthew Vaughn no longer is attached to direct the project because his holding deal expired December.

“It’s very much a Marvel superhero story but against the backdrop of nothing you’ve seen before,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in describing “Thor” as a period fantasy in the vein of “The Lord of the Rings.”

That is very interesting, indeed. I guess Marvel just didn’t like Vaughn’s ideas on how to approach the movie. He was talking about doing the whole Asgard thing. Also, maybe this is why Vaughn has already shifted his attention over to making Mark Millar’s “Kick Ass”, perhaps?

(Thanks to Rob for the heads up.)

Update 5/11/08:

Previously, Kevin McKidd was rumored to be up for the role of Thor. That has gone by the way side. And now who is the front runner? According to Latino Review, it’s none other than Brad Pitt.

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