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'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins May Wield The Hammer & Helm 'Thor 2'

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 22, 2011 4:23 AM
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So, what the fuck? Granted, Marvel's choices for directors can often be surprising -- Ang Lee? Kenneth Branagh? -- but for the most part they usually see something in the helmers that others don't. While earlier this summer, "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" helmer Brian Kirk was being tossed around as a candidate, word today has another name -- one we haven't heard in a loooong time -- as the front runner for the job.

Patty Jenkins, whose last feature was 2003's grim "Monster," which earned an uglied up Charlize Theron an Oscar, is now in early talks to direct "Thor 2." We have to admit, we're thoroughly confused. That film is the only feature under her belt, and despite the high praise it earned, Jenkins pretty much fell off the planet in subsequent years only to pop up and direct an episode of "Arrested Development," two episodes of "Entourage," and the pilot of the new hit AMC series "The Killing." And, more recently, she signed on direct a segment of the Lifetime channel omnibus "Project Five." We're not really sure what experience she brings to the table that Marvel is excited by -- no real VFX work as far as we can see -- so we're utterly baffled. But for the penny pinching studio, she may be the cheapest candidate they've ever had.

We're still scratching our heads and we're sure the geek community is going to have a lot to say about this choice. But a woman finally directing a comic franchise could potentially be interesting. Guess we'll find out how it all plays soon enough. "Thor 2" is slated to hit theaters on July 26, 2013. [Variety]

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  • Mr Anonymous | September 23, 2011 12:56 PMReply

    Does Patty have any experience of making an action movie with a big name cast? Nope. Unless they fancy hiring Kathryn Bigelow, she at least has experience, but we both know what her answer would be.

    My problem is the lack of experience and her last feature film being made yonks ago! This is a new decade, things have changed. End of.

  • Mr Anonymous | September 23, 2011 4:33 AMReply

    Touche! Good point. Well made. I can't argue with that.

    You win! :D

  • The Playlist | September 23, 2011 2:58 AMReply

    @Mr Anonymous

    Outside of some scenes in "Henry V" did Kenneth Branagh have any experience of making an action movie before Thor? Obviously you thought that turned out ok.

  • wray | September 22, 2011 7:49 AMReply

    "But a woman finally directing a comic franchise could potentially be interesting". Didn't a woman direct "Punisher: War Zone"? If she gets the job let's hope it turns out better than that experience....for her sake and ours.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | September 22, 2011 6:59 AMReply

    What exactly makes Patty Jenkins the least suitable person to direct this, Mr Anonymous? Aside from a few episodes of Game of Thrones, her CV isn't all that different from Brian Kirk's, albeit less prolific... A lack of VFX experience didn't seem to be a problem for Chris Nolan, or Kenneth Branagh.

    Could it possibly be that you have a problem because... she's a woman?

  • Mr Anonymous | September 22, 2011 6:45 AMReply

    What an absolutely ridiculous choice for director! I mean we all know Marvel are cheapskates but seriously? This has disaster written all over it! If Marvel want a sure fire epic fail then hire Patty.

    Do whatever the fuck you can to get Brian Kirk or anyone else SUITABLE to direct the franchise.

    I still can't believe it!

  • Travis Hopson | September 22, 2011 5:59 AMReply

    So what happened to Brian Kirk? Is the whole Paper Wings thing with Tom Cruise forcing him to drop out? Or is he still in contention?

  • Edward Davis | September 22, 2011 5:00 AMReply

    Bruce, you just said the exact same thing about Captain America, but you switched out Cap with Thor, are you a robot?

  • Bruce Graywood | September 22, 2011 4:57 AMReply

    There are many Thor allies and villains that weren’t included in the first film which they can utilise in future sequels and give us new stories while leaving the overused Loki out of future sequels.

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