Nobody expected Patty Jenkins to opt out of the director chair for Thor 2, but she did. Lady Jenkins walked out over ‘creative differences’. “I have had a great time working at Marvel,” she told THR. “We parted on very good terms, and I look forward to working with them again.” I think her departure is a real shame. It would have been an interesting experiment to see what a woman director could have done with Marvel’s hero of myth, might and magic. Eh, I guess the Marvel sandbox isn’t for everybody.
Anyway, the film is set for release November 15, 2013. Marvel needs to find a cinematic captain ASAP. A new report says that Marvel is looking at two directors, neither of which are wildly known. Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan are the two leading candidates. Both have significant TV credit. The resume of Alan Taylor includes the feature Palookaville, as well as episodes of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Playboy Club. Daniel Minahan also has GoT experience and directed episodes of True Blood, Deadwood, Grey’s Anatomy.
TV guys for an effects-heavy, highly anticipated sequel? No discredit to Taylor and Minahan -they have made GREAT TV-, but Marvel is clearly being cheap. Go big or go home I always say.
Furthermore, THR says that Marvel was just hiring a new writer when Patty Jenkins left, so the Studio is also head hunting new creative team members. John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander), Robert Rodat (Falling Skies, Saving Private Ryan), and Roger Avary are the supposed candidates.
Again, Marvel is going for cheap choices who can be easily controlled. Marvel getting too much control is what led to Iron Man 2.
As much as I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I am begining to believe the company is turning into just another money-centric hollywood studio. I’m really hoping Thor 2 doesn’t become the train wreck I’m suspecting it will be.