Kenneth Branagh, the actor and director known for adapting great literary works like Hamlet, Henry V, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is in talks to direct Marvel Comics' Thor. From Variety:
Kenneth Branagh is negotiating to direct "Thor," the next Marvel Comics property that will be turned into a live-action film by Marvel Studios. Pic will be released in 2010.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige's choice of Branagh is surprising, as Branagh hasn't really directed an action-heavy film since his debut on "Henry V," a bloody telling of the British king's conquest of France.
"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.
That's strange. But not so strange. Thor has some great moments in literary history too. Like when he fought an actual mongoose who was turned into a supervillain. Classic.