When Marvel announced earlier this month that they were parting ways with "Thor 2" director Patty Jenkins over creative differences, many people wondered how the production would fare now that it had lost it's head. And then Natalie Portman totally lost her head over the decision, apparently going full-on berserk at Marvel.
So it's only fitting that according to Deadline, the new "Thor 2" director is going to be someone who knows a thing or two about losing your head: "Game of Thrones" director Alan Taylor. Looks like Marvel really stuck their neck out on this one.
Jenkins, you may recall, was dumped a couple weeks ago, supposedly because Marvel was worried the movie wouldn't be ready in time for its scheduled November, 2013 release date. But since having no director at all usually slows things down even more, the race was on to find a replacement. And considering Portman's public dismay and the fact that the first "Thor" earned $448 million worldwide earlier this year, well, the pressure was on to find someone good ASAP.
Enter Taylor, who despite not being a household name certainly fits that bill. Earlier this year, of course, he was behind the camera for arguably the most talked about episode of television in years, the "Game of Thrones" installment where (spoilers!) one of the main characters shockingly got his head chopped off.
But "Game of Thrones" is hardly the only feather in Taylor's cap; he has also helmed acclaimed episodes of shows like "The Sopranos," "Boardwalk Empire," "Six Feet Under" and "Oz," not to mention the fact that he directed the pilot of a little show called "Mad Men."
Hiring a director who was responsible for some of the best shows in television history? We hate to say it, but despite all the controversy, it looks like someone at Marvel has a good head on their shoulders after all.