‘Thor 2’ eyes director to replace Kenneth Branagh

Superhero sequel may have found helmer in Brian Kirk

The sequel to Thor, set for release in 2013, is still looking for a director after original helmer Kenneth Branagh opted not to return.

But according to Variety, Marvel may have found their man in Brian Kirk.

While Kirk‘s big screen credentials aren’t exactly glowing – he has directed only one notable feature, the 2006 film, Middletown – his fingerprints are all over the current TV listings with Boardwalk Empire, Luther and Game Of Thrones all included on his CV.

Kirk is currently overseeing the BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations.


While Variety reports that Kirk is only in early talks for the director’s chair, it does include a list of possible alternatives. Top of the list is James McTeigue, who has previously directed Thor‘s leading lady, Natalie Portman, in V for Vendatta.

Other names include Cloverfield writer, Drew Goddard, and Breck Eisner, director of Sahara and The Crazies.

The first Thor drew in ticket sales of over $447m worldwide, leading to Marvel promptly optioning a sequel and setting a release date of July 26, 2013.