Patty Jenkins is in early talks to helm the “Thor” sequel for Marvel Studios and Disney Pictures says Variety.
Jenkins directed acclaimed 2003 indie drama “Monster” and has since worked on TV shows like “Entourage,” “Arrested Development” and more recently the acclaimed two-hour pilot for AMC’s “The Killing”.
The hiring of Jenkins is decidedly unconventional, but so was the hiring of Kenneth Branagh for the first film which collected $447 million at the worldwide box office, a risk that definitely payed off.
Jenkins beat out another acclaimed cable series director who was previously linked as the favourite – “Game of Thrones” episode helmer Brian Kirk. Kirk opted out during negotiations.
Others reportedly considered for the job include the likes of Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”), James McTeigue (“Ninja Assassin”), Noam Murro (“300: Battle of Artemesia”) and Breck Eisner (“The Crazies”).
Don Payne, who co-wrote “Thor,” is writing the sequel which is already scheduled for a July 26th 2013 release.