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September 29, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 29, 2008 |

You know what Thor is, right? He’s one of the Marvel comic guys, who — along with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, etc., will ultimately be part of the The Avengers. But before Thor can be part of The Avengers, he needs his own stand-alone film. Thor is based on the Norse God — he was the God of Thunder — and his power is the ability to run around and scare little kids and sheepish dogs with really loud noises. It’s a lot more useful than you think — just think about it. Supervillians have families, too — and supervillians can hardly cause a lot of chaos if they’re stuck at home taking care of their inconsolable children and pets. Loki is considerably less daunting when he’s got a three-year old attached to his leg, you know.

Where was I? Oh yes: The Thor move. Well, they’ve got a screenwriter, Mark Protosevich, who wrote the scripts for The Cell, Poseidon, and I Am Legend. It’s an origins story, tracking Thor’s realization of his powers (it started during a standing O at a Stones concert). And now, Kenneth Branagh — of all people — is in negotiations to direct. Kenneth Branagh is awesome, if you want a director for a Shakespeare adaptation. I mean, don’t get me wrong: I love Marvel’s move toward getting more cerebral actors and directors for their action films (see, e.g., Robert Downey, Jr. and Ed Norton), but Branagh? I think that’s going a little far. Have you seen Branagh’s Hamlet? There was a freakin’ intermission. At the movie theater, which was great, really. It gave me a chance to sneak into a different theater. Branagh? This egghead thing has gone too far. Maybe they’ll cast William Hurt as Thor.

Woah! Kenneth Branagh to Direct Thor?

Clap! Clap! Clap! Your Hands! / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 29, 2008 |

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