Kenneth Branagh Explains Why He Won't be Directing Thor 2
Posted 11.15.11 by Ryan
After helping Thor become one of the biggest comic book movie hits of the summer, it was a little surprising to hear that director Kenneth Branagh wouldn't be back to direct Thor 2. Branagh reportedly had an "amicable and mutual" exit from the sequel, one that left lead actor Chris Hemsworth feeling "really disappointed."
Few details have been made available over Branagh's exit until the actor-director talked to Moviefone and revealed that his exit was "simply timing."
I loved doing the movie, I'd love to do another movie for Marvel, and it was just timing. The requirement for me was just to get back in the saddle so swiftly that it wasn't really feasible, but it was a decision [Marvel] understood.
While several other contenders were in line to replace Branagh, it was Patty Jenkins (Monster) who was Marvel's eventual choice to helm Thor 2. Branagh called the selection of Jenkins a "great choice."
I, along with a lot of other people, are very excited about the appointment of Patty Jenkins. I think that's a great choice to direct the movie. I know that [Marvel Studios president of production ] Kevin Feige and all the people I worked very closely with, who were absolutely parts of the creation of that movie, are keen to produce a great second picture. So it was the right decision for me and for them and I am really looking forward to see how the second one develops.
At the Thor press junket, it was revealed that screenwriter Don Payne was "working on story ideas for a sequel". Payne wrote the Thor script along with Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz. While no story details have been revealed, Thor 2 is set to see the return of Hemsworth as the god of thunder, with Tom Hiddleston and Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman returning as Loki and Jane Foster, respectively. Thor 2 is scheduled to open on November 15, 2013.