Some of you may have heard of a little television series called Game of Thrones. If you haven't seen it, Jason Momoa might make you punch yourself in the face (he did it to me, but that's in the longer version of this interview that we'll publish pretty soon), but you're also missing out on the work of director Brian Kirk, whom Marvel Studios is apparently courting to direct Thor 2 in Kenneth Branagh's absence. Kirk didn't make our Top Ten Directors for Thor 2 list, but he certainly meets our criteria as an up-and-coming director who has demonstrated a talent for grand-scale storytelling. (Or conversely, we also said an older director in need of a hit might work as well, but clearly Marvel's going the opposite route.
Variety says that Kirk is merely "in talks" for Thor 2, and that his competition – who may still have a shot if he decides not to take part in the sequel – includes Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), Noam Murro (300: The Battle of Artemesia), James McTeigue (The Raven), and Breck Eisner (The Crazies). Also confirmed: Don Payne, co-writer of the original Thor, is writing the screenplay for the follow-up.
Brian Kirk has been directing episodes of hit TV series for most of the last decade, contributing episodes to Dexter, The Tudors and Boardwalk Empire in addition to Game of Thrones. He's also got a couple of features under his belt: the Irish religious drama Middletown, and the TV movie My Boy Jack, a Word War I saga starring Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe and An Education's Carey Mulligan.
CRAVE Online will be back with more Thor 2 news after we sit down for a bit. We're feeling a little "thor" ourselves.