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Thor writer on Branagh

Thor.jpgIt was only Monday this week when we heard that Kenneth Branagh was in talks to direct Thor. With Matthew Vaughn now busy, Marvel are searching for someone else to bring the film to life.

J. Michael Straczynski is the current writer of the Thor comic books, and was asked for his opinion on Branagh directing the film version.

J. Michael Straczynski, along with writing the current Thor comic books, has also written films and created Babylon 5. MTV Splashpage asked for his take on the possibility of Kenneth Branagh directing a Thor film.

Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone better suited to this. Thor, at his best, has always had a classical bent to the character in terms of his history, the way he speaks, and the often Shakespearean intrigues and dramas that surround him. That kind of dialogue and character needs the hand of someone who comes from a theatrical/classically trained background in order for it not to sound forced or artificial. Branagh is absolutely the perfect choice.

A glowing endorsement if ever I heard one. And as the guy who writes Thor he obviously knows his stuff. Having never read Thor, and only come across him in the The Ultimates, I don't know too much of the history of the character. But I'm quite excited at the thought of Branagh directing this one. And Marvel could do a lot worse than keeping the writer of the comic books happy. Guess we'll need to see how this one develops.



Kenneth Branagh on THOR?! Wow, he must be desperately in need of money. I used to think he was brilliant, particularly after his early promise with Dead Again. However, watching him chew scenery and massacre a southern accent in Wild Wild West, I decided he really needs to be medicated so he can lead a reasonable facsimile of a normal life.

Harsh. But funny. I'm afraid I missed his accent in Wild Wild West, although now I'm intrigued.

Well Branagh is no longer directing Jude Law in Hamlet because of his commitment as director for Thor. Would have been great to see how he can mold Law, but I am sure Michael Grandage who directed Branagh in the Ivanov currently making waves at the West End should be able to do just the same.


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