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Although it was a pretty much done deal that Kenneth Branagh was to direct Thor, the actor finally confirmed the news himself, and had the following to say about the project: We're getting the story and visual effects together and all of that is very exciting. Many eyebrows were raised when Branagh was announced as the film's director, however if you think about it, the choice falls in line with other superhero films of late, and their orientation towards more intelligent, »
- Daniel Barna
Kenneth Branagh has confirmed that he will direct new comic book movie Thor, reports WENN. The Valkyrie star, who was linked with the director's job earlier in the year, has reportedly now completed negotiations with Marvel. "We're getting the story and visual effects together and all of that is very exciting," he said. Thor tells the story of a disabled medical student whose alter ego is the (more) »
- By Lara Martin
The star - more famous for his roles onstage - has completed negotiations with Marvel bosses to helm the film, due for release in 2010.
And he can't wait to take the challenge of directing a Hollywood blockbuster.
He says, "We're getting the story and visual effects together and all of that is very exciting."
Thor follows the tale of a disabled medical student whose alter ego is the Norse god. »
With rumors swirling over who will play the Asgardian, from Daniel Craig to Rome's Kevin McKidd, Branagh tried to quiet the chatter: "There's been lots of talk [about casting] -- I sound like a politician -- but we are too early at this stage. We're getting the story and the visual effects together and all of that is very exciting. Someone sensational is going to play the part but it is early days."
With Thor scheduled to open July 16, 2010, and the Avengers movie to follow a year later in 2011, Branagh will have to move quickly, as those "early days" are almost over. But for those who echo Robert Downey Jr.'s concerns over how they will blend Thor and Iron Man and the Hulk realistically into one movie, »
- reelz reelz
Director Kenneth Branagh spoke with MTV’s Splash Page about his thoughts on adapting Marvel’s Thor to a feature film. The actor/director signed on several months ago and the movie has a July 2010 release date.
“To work on a story about one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures,” are among the reason he cited for signing on to direct the big budget film. “There’s science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It’s based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way.
“It’s a chance to tell a big story on a big scale,” said Branagh. “It’s a human story right in the center of a big epic scenario.”
Even though the internet is filled with rumors about who will play the son of Odin, including Kevin McKidd (Rome), Branagh admitted, “There’s been lots »
- Robert Greenberger
Not too long ago, Kenneth Branagh was announced as director of Marvel's upcoming Thor adaptation. So far, he's been staying quite mum on the film but the folks over at "Splash Page" recently managed to wrestle a few words out of him regarding his plans for the film. So why Thor, guy? "To work on a story about one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures." Immortal gods, huh? Ok. And what about all these Kevin McKidd playing Thor rumors, »
- Omar Aviles
If you were looking for an official confirmation, direct from the Shakespearean's mouth that Kenneth Branagh is directing Thor -- well, here it is. MTV caught up with Branagh at a Valkyrie junket, and he was all too happy to declare yay, verily. "I am directing Thor, or The Mighty Thor as you might like to call it. I think [the title] will be Thor."
Not surprisingly, it sounds like it was those rather Shakespearean elements of the comics that appealed to him most: "To work on a story about one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures. There's science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It's based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way ... It's a chance to tell a big story on a big scale. It's a human story right in the center of a big, epic scenario."
He refused »
- Elisabeth Rappe
We should give Kenneth Branagh a little leeway with Thor. To begin with, sweet Jebus, that's a tough movie for anyone to make, especially in the grand slam arena of comic book flicks these days. And then let's not forget that Branagh hasn't directed a Hollywood movie in 15 years (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein), and he's never made a film with a budget of more than $50 million.
So to call it an unpredictable choice by Marvel would be fairly accurate. But Branagh does have a pretty recognizable brand: He makes great Shakespeare movies. How that and Norse mythology will play out, I have no idea. But he's very excited by the opportunity.
"There’s science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It’s based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way," the triple threat told MTV. As for why he took the extremely »
- Colin Boyd
Of the upcoming projects on the Marvel Studios slate, the adaptation of Thor seems to have come with the most speculation and cynicism. Unlike Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk or Captain America, Thor is more than just a man -- he's a god. That element of his character is looked »
- Neil Miller
MTV was able to catch up with director Kenneth Branagh over the weekend to talk about his upcoming big screen adaptation of Marvel’s Thor. Branagh explained that he was attracted to the project for the opportunity “to work on a story about one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures” and that “it’s a chance to tell a big story on a big scale. It’s a human story right in the center of a big epic scenario.” Whoa, “Big Story”? “Big Scale”? Branagh is saying all the right things. And who is going to play Thor? Too early to tell as they are still working on “getting the story and [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
Finally stamping official confirmation on his choice as director, Kenneth Branagh has begun talking about making Marvel’s Thor. “I am directing Thor or ‘The Mighty Thor’ as you might like to call it,” he told MTV. “I think it will be Thor.” Yes, us too. The film is still in pre-production and Branagh is quick to dismiss any of the recent possible casting choices, such as Kevin McKidd. “There’s been lots of talk about casting — I sound like a politician — but we are too... .
Kenneth Branagh has finally broken his silence on what his plans are for Marvel’s upcoming Thor movie. I don’t think he was hiding, it’s just he hasn’t been around the press until recently, with the release of Valkyrie. “I am directing “Thor” or “The Mighty Thor’ as you might like to call it,” he said with [...] »
As predicted, now that "Valkyrie" has come around, Kenneth Branagh (who's maybe in the film for about five minutes total) is being asked questions about his upcoming adaptation of Marvel's "Thor". Personally, I find "Thor" an interesting property not because of the character (although his inclusion is fascinating because unlike other Marvel characters brought to the screen thus far, the more you try to ground "Thor" in reality, the more out of place he's going to look—people who wield giant hammers stand out), but because he's one of the constants mentioned in an "Avengers" movie. Unfortunately, no questions were asked about whether or not Branagh also has to consider "The Avengers" in making his film and how a film that involves characters grounded in reality, like Iron Man and Nick Fury, will play alongside a character from Norse »
I'm going to make a confession. Back when the news first hit that Kenneth Branagh was going to direct Marvel's Thor, I pessimistically wrote that "Branagh seems like the worst choice to direct a comic book movie since Joel Schumacher." Now that I've seen Valkyrie, however, my opinion has changed. Watching Branagh act in that film has made me change my opinion about him. Maybe it was just the lingering sour taste of Sleuth that made me so opposed to Branagh, but for whatever reason, watching him in Valkyrie made me slightly more confident. Since the news first broke in September, Branagh has been keeping quiet about the project, but MTV finally got him to break down and talk about directing "The Mighty Thor." No, the title hasn't changed, as Branagh clarifies, "I think it will be Thor." So why did he want to direct a high profile comic book movie? »
- Alex Billington
Tinseltown gossips claimed the British Hollywood hunk was being lined up for the project, the latest adventure to make its way from the pages of a comic book to the big screen.
But Craig insists he isn't interested in playing a superhero. He tells Access Hollywood, "No. It doesn't interest me at all." »
With the upcoming Avengers movie arriving in 2011, the pressure is on both First Avenger: Captain America and Thor to excite audiences in preparation. Thor has a confirmed director in Kenneth Branagh, but nothing but rumors over who will play the thunder god. Recently, Daniel Craig reportedly turned down the role, but was in fact just "having a joke."
If not Craig, then who? How about Rome's Kevin McKidd? IGN recently spoke to McKidd, who confirmed that he is one of the front-runners for the role and would be "excited" to work with Branagh.
Should McKidd win the part, there seems little chance that the hammer-throwing Asgardian will team up with fellow Rome star Ray Stevenson's gun-toting Punisher, but, you never know, this is Hollywood.
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- reelz reelz
“Rome” and “Journeyman” actor Kevin McKidd claims he’s still in the running to play Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the Marvel Comics character, according to a report by IGN. McKidd recently told IGN that he’s a contender for the lead role and that there has been “a lot of back and forth” between various people about the project, but could confirm nothing else, but that nothing has been determined. He did mention Kenneth Branagh’s directing of the movie, which he supported fully. Contrary to an earlier report from a year ago, McKidd did stress that he is up for Thor, and not a [...] »
- Costa Koutsoutis
The Scottish actor, who has found TV success in America on Grey's Anatomy and Rome, is in talks to play the title character in Marvel's upcoming live-action superhero movie.
Thor is due for release in 2010. »
Kevin McKidd is a hot property right now. The Rome star is of course ticketed for the big screen version of the HBO series should it actually get made. Currently, he’s the latest male hottie on Grey’s Anatomy and remains interested in visiting Asgard in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor film.
He told IGN at the premiere of Punisher: War Zone that there's been "a lot of back and forth" about the project of late. No formal casting on the July 2010 film has been announced although shooting needs to begin in 2009 for the effects-heavy film to have a chance at making its release date.
“McKidd stressed that the part that he's up for is indeed that of Thor and not a supporting role,” IGN said.
- Robert Greenberger
There are some great things to discuss, today, so let's just jump right in. But take a moment to admire the art , because I couldn't let Scott Weinberg outshine me anymore!
Rendering my Tuesday column somewhat obsolete, George Miller has informed the world that he is still attached to Justice League Mortal, and that the film is still very much alive. Apparently, he was never even on the Australian television show to make such fatal statements. Oh well. We can still talk about whether or not you can ever make a Justice League movie, right? [via SuperheroHype] Kevin McKidd told IGN that he is in the running for Thor -- and not for a secondary character, as he previously said, but as the god himself. Nothing is definite, there's just a lot of talk back and forth, but he's very excited that Kenneth Branagh is on board. It's a deal I'd like to see done, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
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