We recently reported that Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct Marvel’s planned big-screen adaptation of Thor. While some people have proclaimed “Nooooo!!! to this news, the general opinion around here is that Branagh is a great fit to helm the tale of the God of Thunder.
Apparently, J. Michael Straczynski thinks so too. JMS, who is the writer for Marvel’s current Thor comic book run, said he couldn’t “imagine anyone better suited” to direct the film than Branagh.
“‘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.”
Thor is scheduled to hit theaters on July 16, 2010.
Regarding JMS, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, for which JMS penned the screenplay, will be the centerpiece of the 46th New York Film Festival in late October and will get a theatrical release on October 24, 2008.