News that breaks on a Saturday morning already has a tendency to slip through the cracks, but when that Saturday happens to be Christmas Eve, that’s a near-guarantee that a story will be under-reported.
Which is why you may have not heard yet the news that Deadline broke three days ago: Alan Taylor, a veteran of acclaimed TV shows including Mad Men, The Sopranos and Game of Thrones, is now on board to direct 2013′s Thor 2. Taylor is replacing Monster director Patty Jenkins, who left the project earlier this month amid reported “creative differences.” Jenkins herself was to replace Kenneth Branagh, director of the original Thor.
Taylor has prior feature directing experience — 1995′s Palookaville, which had a very limited release but appearances from Frances McDormand, Vincent Gallo and Boardwalk Empire’s William Forsythe. Thor 2, from Marvel Studios and once again starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston, is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2013.