|Directed by||Kenneth Branagh|
|Produced by||Kevin Feige|
|Release date(s)||July 15, 2010|
Thor is an upcoming 2010 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Mark Protosevich. The film will be an origin story in the style of an epic fantasy adventure. Thor is in pre-production, and the cast still has yet to be announced.
Thor is an origin story, taking inspiration from Biblical themes. Screenwriter Mark Protosevich said, "It will be mythic, but also bear the unmistakable qualities of a Marvel movie, an epic fantasy adventure." Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will be an influence of the storyline. The film will not take place in modern times, but neither will it be set entirely in Asgard.
When Matthew Vaughn was director, an unknown 19—20 years old actor was being looked at for Thor. Tyler Mane had expressed interest in the role. Kevin McKidd was being considered for a supporting role. Samuel L. Jackson has expressed interest in returning for a cameo role as Nick Fury, and stated he was "looking forward to making that character a bit more integral" in the Marvel Studios' cross-film continuity.
The film first gained momentum for production after the successful release of the X-Men film. The plan was for the the film to be made for TV. UPN were in talks for airing it, excited by the prospect they pushed for a script and approached Tyler Mane to lead as Thor. During 2004 it was revealed that the film was to materialise into a cinematic release with Avi Arad announcing that David S. Goyer would be writing the film. Goyer felt it would be hard with multiple projects going on at the same time, but he expressed interest in directing the film also. By 2005 it was revealed that Goyer was no longer attached but there were talks between Goyer and Marvel. The film was also set up to be distributed through Sony Pictures.
In 2006 screenwriter Mark Protosevich was hired to write a script for the live-action Thor film in 2006. Later that year the film was announced to be a Marvel Studios production. After being impressed with his work on Stardust, Marvel Studios signed Matthew Vaughn to direct in August 2007. Vaughn rewrote Protosevich's script in order to bring down the budget to $150 million, as Protosevich's first draft had a cost of $300 million to produce. He intended to start filming in late 2008 and after the success of Iron Man, Marvel Studios announced Thor is set for a release on June 4, 2010. The Iron Man sequel is set to be used for introducing Thor.
In May 2008, it was noted that Matthew Vaughn was no longer attached to Thor as his holding deal had expired the December before. Also, the Studio was still waiting for a "script polish" from Protosevich. By September 2008, D. J. Caruso had been discussing taking on the project, though he did not read the script. That month, Kenneth Branagh signed on to direct.
Ilan Eshkeri revealed in August 2007 that he would be teaming with then-director Matthew Vaughn to compose the score for the film. For inspiration the composer looked through a stack of early Thor comics.
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