Despite the fact that people keep insisting that a Thor movie is on the way, I just never believed it would happen. Not only do I think the character will not translate to film very well, but, well, that’s basically it. We’re talking about a guy who dresses in a funky outfit, carries a hammer around, and speaks in Viking tongues. Just reading the Thor comics was hard enough, and now they want to make a big-budget movie based on it? Gosh, I just never thought it would happen, but apparently I was wrong, because here’s news that Marvel Studios has tapped Matthew Vaughn to direct the live-action “Thor” movie.
Vaughn, a British director who first got noticed with his gangland movie “Layer Cake” (starring Daniel Craig), is coming off directing the Neil Gaiman fantasy “Stardust”. He’ll be directing from a script by Mark Protosevic (“I am Legend”), and the Studio is apparently fast-tracking the film, hoping to get into production by Winter and beat the impending writers strike.
Now that the movie is guaranteed to go into production, here’s more about Thor:
The Marvel version of Thor is noble and very self-assured, sometimes to the point of arrogance. Odin decides his son needs to be taught humility and consequently places Thor (without memories of godhood) into the body and memories of an existing, partially disabled human medical student, Donald Blake. After becoming a doctor and thoroughly believing himself to be the young surgeon Blake, he later discovers Thor’s disguised hammer and learns to change back and forth into the Thunder God. The real Blake’s persona remains elsewhere until many years later, after Odin becomes satisfied of Thor’s humility and lifts the spell, thereby removing the need for a mortal alter ego. The mortal experience, however, shapes Thor into an honorable and courteous individual, who is loyal to all comrades.
Like I said, it’s gonna take a lot to make this one NOT look silly on the big screen, kids…