Natalie Portman is fuckin’ pissed. As you all know by now, Patty Jenkins is no longer directing Thor 2. It had previously been reported that she decided to leave due to creative differences, but this may be a bag of goddamn lies.
Some unnamed sources have come forth and claimed that Jenkins was actually sacked by Marvel Studios without any warning. The actual rationale for her being fired by the studios is unclear; there are a ton of contradictory statements across the sources. What it really comes down to, though, is that she may have been given the boot without any justifiable reason.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Still, the source says the company felt she showed “a lack of overall clarity in her choices,” which led to concern that the process would be “difficult.”
The source speculates that Marvel executives might have been won over initially by Portman’s enthusiasm for Jenkins but then, “when they started to interview writers for the rewrite . . . may have decided they really weren’t comfortable.”
“Marvel had certain things they needed to achieve… There were constraints on what she could do creatively.”
And this is why Portman is fuckin’ pissed. She campaigned to get Jenkins on the project and only agreed to sign on to Thor 2 because Jenkins would be directing, because she had been considering taking time off acting to be with her new baby boy. Now that Jenkins is out of the picture, Portman is still locked in to shooting this film. Apparently Portman wasn’t even made aware of Jenkins’ sacking directly; she found out via the Interwebz. That’s pretty damn sad.
The news was out before anyone had told Portman, who had strongly urged Marvel to hire the director of 2003’s Monster… According to sources, Portman had begun to question whether she wanted to continue acting at all right now — possibly for several years — because she wants to spend time with her baby boy, who was born in June.
Portman was said to be re-engaged in Thor 2 because of Jenkins’ involvement and especially proud that she would have played a role in opening the door for a woman to direct such a film.
Reports describe her as “furious” and “deeply upset” by this course of events. In an effort to placate Portman, the studio has offered to include her in discussions regarding the director that will take Jenkins’ place. Somehow, I don’t think that’s enough.
This comment by Ashley Lynch on /Film’s article sums it all up very well:
She came up against the glass ceiling and bounced off it like a sparrow. Unless you have a significant amount of pull, you can’t talk shit about a situation without risk of retribution in the form of not being hired in the future. Burning bridges is always a bad career decision for a director. “Creative differences” is this town’s version of a non-denial denial.