Matthew Vaughn To Helm Thor

Marvel Studios has set Matthew Vaughn (“Stardust,” “Layer Cake”) to direct a live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics character “Thor” reports Variety.

Mark Protosevich (“I Am Legend”) penned the adaptation of the blonde-tressed, hammer-wielding hero who’s sent to Earth to protect mankind.

Vaughn was previously attached to direct “X-Men 3” before bowing out for personal reasons. Production is slated start this winter, implying a 2009 release.