Thor budget and casting
Matthew Vaughn has written a short piece for The Guardian talking about his working week, and in it we get an interesting insight into the budget issues for the upcoming Thor film that he's planning to direct.
At the same time a rumour we had about the casting of Thor and his nemesis in the first film have been confirmed by the actor Kevin McKidd.
In the article on The Guardian through Rope of Silicon, Matthew Vaughn talked about a phone call he received from the studio telling him how the budget for the Thor film calculated out and what he had to get it down to, here are the figures:
"Marvel loves the script. The only problem is that it has been costed at $300m and they ask how I am going to reduce it by $150m."
Oh lord, that's a hell of a drop. However I have to wonder how it is being costed so high, are they looking at huge stars in there? I have hopes that Vaughn can bring that down though, and he should bring an interesting vision to the film. I just wish his first superhero film had been something other than Thor, something more mainstream.
I still can't believe that budget and think that the accountants have really messed up somewhere.
However he has just revealed that he talked with his agent, who hadn't told him he was up for Thor, and found out that he's in the running for the baddie of the film, from CHUD.
"I phoned my agent and said 'Look, this thing's come up about how I'm going to play Thor and that it's between me and some WWF boxer (Triple H)', and he said 'Oh yeah, we've been talking to them about it.' I said 'Why didn't you tell me?' He said it's because they were really keen on me, but then they decided the vision for Thor is somebody much younger, a 20 year old actor. But there's another role in it, the other main guy, that they're thinking about me for now"
The baddie of the film is perhaps Loki, the brother of Thor and the bad guy in the script.
Well here's a way they could get the cost down, with McKidd as the baddie and a twenty year old possible newcomer as Thor, there'll be no need for huge names.
Casting aside, I still can't get over the cost that they're talking about, US $300 million? As Rope of Silicon point out, that's around the total cost of all three Spiderman films! Insane.