More than two weeks after naming Alan Taylor to replace Patty Jenkins as director of Thor 2, Deadline reports Marvel has hired Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat to rework the sequel’s script.
Creator of the TNT sci-fi drama Falling Skies, Rodat edged out such contenders as John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander: Far Side of the World) and Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Beowulf) to rewrite a draft by Don Payne (Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer).
Marvel was looking for another writer before it showed Jenkins the door in early December, and hoped to accelerate the process once Taylor (Game of Thrones, Palookaville) was in place. According to one report, that search process may have even contributed to Jenkins’ firing as studio executives “decided they really weren’t comfortable” with the Monster director.
Stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston are confirmed to return for the sequel, which Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has promised will “take Thor literally to other worlds.” Hiddleston revealed just this week that filming is set to begin filming this summer in London. Thor 2 opens Nov. 15, 2013.