Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently previous reports that “Monsters” director Patty Jenkins and Marvel recently parted on amicable terms (citing the ever popular “creative differences”) was a cover, and that the studio actually dumped Jenkins.
And Natalie Portman, the star of “Thor”, and who is already signed on for the sequel, is none too pleased. Why? It probably had something to do with Portman being the one who recommended Jenkins to Marvel in the first place, a gig that would have set Jenkins up as the first-ever woman to direct a major superhero movie. If, you know, that type of thing matters to you.
Apparently it mattered very much to Portman, and she’s not taking Jenkins’ firing lying down. Which is probably why someone “leaked” this story to The Hollywood Reporter, who has chronicled the whole seedy affair in a recent article.
So why did Marvel dump Jenkins? Apparently it had a little something to do with her approach to the sequel (or, perhaps, lack of approach). Marvel, it appears, didn’t really know what they were getting into when they hired Jenkins (again, Portman had recommended her), but later on, realized she might not quite be right for the film. The result was Jenkins being “fired without warning” from the gig. (Marvel is now already looking at two possible replacements.)
And now what? Well, Portman is still contractually obligated to show up in the sequel, but of course, in Hollywood just because you sign for “multiple films” (Who isn’t nowadays? I think I signed up for multiple Marvel films too last night when I was at Burger King) it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to actually show up to do all of them. I mean, this isn’t slavery, you know; if actors make it known they don’t want to come back, and make it difficult and public enough, the studio would be fools to force them on the set and thereby poisoning the film. So basically, if Portman really is mad and doesn’t want to come back, she won’t.
I highly doubt it, though. This reeks of a Hollywood star having a temper tantrum because she didn’t get something she wanted. It’ll blow over and she’ll be back in the sequel — or not. Honestly, will you really miss Portman’s Jane Foster if she isn’t back for “Thor 2″? I mean, Foster was cute and amusing in the first movie, but she wasn’t exactly crucial to the film’s success.