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09.29.08 49 Comments

These days, we expect to hear names of directors like McG and Brett Ratner and Stephen Sommers mentioned alongside comic book projects like Thor.  But today Variety reports that in a surprise move, Marvel is in talks with Kenneth Branagh.  And yes, that’s the same Kenneth Branagh who directed Shakespeare adaptations Hamlet, As You Like It, and Henry V.

“Thor” comicbook adaptation, penned by Mark Protosevich, follows disabled medical student Donald Blake, who has an alter ego as the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor.
The “Thor” negotiations come during a resurgence for Branagh. He’s currently drawing raves on the London stage in the title role of “Ivanov,” and he’ll next be seen acting in the Richard Curtis-directed “The Boat That Rocked” and the Bryan Singer-helmed “Valkyrie.”

To sum up, a guy who’s really into Shakespeare is directing a movie about a disabled med student who somehow turns into a Viking God superhero.  Dude, this is gonna be an f-d up movie.

Reached for comment, Brett Ratner said, “This totally reminds me of a t-shirt that my buddy has.  It’s got a picture of Shakespeare on it, and it says, get this, ‘Prose Before Hoes’!  They should totally work that into the movie somehow because it’s f-ckin funny.  Also, they should do a scene about taquitos.  Taquitos are f-ckin’ delicious, bro.”

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