Alan Taylor Talks THOR: THE DARK WORLD Reshoots, Rumored Dispute with Marvel And More

Revealing that new scenes are still being added to the Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor talks with Collider about the rumored fall-out between he and Marvel, the score and more!

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"We're in the crazy, chicken running around with its head cut off phase, which I think is not an uncommon procedure at Marvel," Alan Taylor said when asked about Thor: The Dark World's post-production stage. "They're amazing. They will work down to the wire. Kevin Feige is always trying to make the film better, seeing if he can push it up. I saw them do it on Iron Man 3, The Avengers. It's like they sort of have to pry the film out of Marvel's hands and put it up on the screen because he never wants to stop improving things. That's the phase we're in now. We are almost done cutting, partly because we have so many visual effects that you can't go on forever. At a certain point, you have to take your hands of it, and let them do their magic. But we're literally shooting some things this week. Anthony Hopkins is back in town; we're gonna be getting some stuff from him. So, we continue to, what Kevin Feige calls, 'plus' the movie. There are new scenes being added even now. And I'm sure if there wasn't a release date, we'd just keep on making it better & better," he said.

"Marvel seems to have a process where you make the movie, test(?) what they got, and then they're totally open to rewriting... even after production," the director continued. "And they sort of preserve time and money for that. Reshooting, in my case (thank God), is not like you screwed something up and you have to do it again. It's additional photography because it's 'oh what if we had a scene like this so that would make this happen over here.' And they sort of find the movie... through that process. And it's hard to get used to because that's not [how it works] where I came from, but watching them... they are really good at what they do as we've all noticed."

"There's a rumor out there that I was hanging on to a long cut and that Marvel wanted a shorter cut. Hilariously, that was never an issue because I don't know what the running time is. The change it's going through now had nothing to do with running time. There're some tonal pushes and shoves. We have relationships [in the movie] that we need to end the right way and there're new ways of branding them than we had before. The one fall-out I had with Marvel was over music. I had a composer that I really wanted to go with, and it didn't work out with Marvel"
Alan Taylor admitted, referring to Carter Burell, who's been replaced by Brian Tyler. "So, I was unhappy with that, but I heard the rumor about running time. Not true, I have no idea how long the movie is now. It's all about making the movie better and better and arm-wrestling over what 'better' means. But there have been no running time issues."

Concerning some additional photography that took place recently at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios that involved Tom Hiddleston's Loki, Alan Taylor says, "We were doing full scenes; scenes that were not in the movie before, we're adding scenes, creating scenes, writing scenes for the first time. The one [involving Loki] was a fun connective scene that was just... we realized how well Loki was working in the movie. So, we wanted to do more with him. So it was that kind of thing; it was like 'oh we could do this or jam this in here' because he's just a wonderful guy to watch do his stuff. And boy do [the fans love him]."


Marvel Studios’ “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo & Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962. “Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios.
Source: Collider
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rockerdude22 - 8/11/2013, 5:01 PM
Straight from the man himself. That rumored fallout with Marvel was all BS. Guess we can put that to rest now haha
DrDoom - 8/11/2013, 5:01 PM
Alan Taylor sounds like a boss
AsgardianHobo - 8/11/2013, 5:02 PM
So all the negative rumors except the composer disagreement were BS. Good to know.
ALegendaryPanda - 8/11/2013, 5:15 PM
Lol I remember when certain people thought this was some kind of WB/DC conspiracy. Freakin nutjobs
DefcoN - 8/11/2013, 5:19 PM
I wonder which was the composer he preferred for this movie...
DoubleDion - 8/11/2013, 5:20 PM
This is Brutal... Marvel and their tyranny... Here goes another film down the shitter... Make mine DC... or FOX
3DWitchHunt - 8/11/2013, 5:27 PM
Panda
LOL
Trudy is crazy man
3DWitchHunt - 8/11/2013, 5:29 PM
Wouldnt be surprised if Taylor was playing down the alleged fallout with Marvel
Minato - 8/11/2013, 5:30 PM
Can you believe that we have an average of 5 CBMs a year now?
92Marvel - 8/11/2013, 5:31 PM
@3DWitchHunt this is what he is talking about, but you fan girls keep making up stuff and even when they come out and say nothings wrong you still say there is.
Tainted87 - 8/11/2013, 5:32 PM
marvel72 - 8/11/2013, 5:33 PM
this movie will be mind blowing.

my most anticipated comic book movies of 2013

1st thor the dark world
2nd man of steel
3rd iron man 3
4th the wolverine
5th kick ass 2

best comic book movies of 2013,thus far.

1st the wolverine
2nd man of steel
3rd iron man 3
GliderMan - 8/11/2013, 5:39 PM
DCMarvelFreshman, look my internet connection is HughesNet. I can't see the videos you post. PLEASE start putting a transcription.
Vonkrieg - 8/11/2013, 5:39 PM
LOL there are so many trolls on this site that the comments are only worth reading for the laughs.
92Marvel - 8/11/2013, 5:39 PM
@HydraBob Ya its probably cause they want a new approach to the film and what about dc/wb took away a lot of Zack Snyder freedom on man of steel 2.
3DWitchHunt - 8/11/2013, 5:40 PM
92Marvel
Fan girls? Hahaha I'm playing devil's advocate here
Calm your tits

fangz
Yup yup
TheAbomination - 8/11/2013, 5:41 PM
I bet that dispute rumor was started by DC fanboys. Stay classy, guys.
Minato - 8/11/2013, 5:46 PM
@BaneSmash
I think Marvel uses the directors they think will tell the story they want to tell at that time best. Like with Johnson they wanted to tell a period piece, With Branagh they wanted to establish the Shakespearian qualities of Asgard, with Taylor they want to catch the epicness of the fantasy elements, with Whedon they wanted to capture the camaraderie of a ensemble film, with Favreau they wanted to capture the cool tech and personality of Stark, with Black they wanted a buddy cop movie etc.
AsgardianHobo - 8/11/2013, 5:47 PM
Because the directors all have other projects that they want to work on as well. Kind of obvious
CharlesLord - 8/11/2013, 5:50 PM
tainted wins based on the fact im watching flashpoint now and finished that episode not long ago
WhiteBolt - 8/11/2013, 5:51 PM
I wonder if he wanted Djawadi once the first composer left. Did Burwell do the music for the first Thor 2 trailer? I loved that music in that one.
Minato - 8/11/2013, 5:55 PM
@fangz
They have to there has never been a studio that tried to tie so many franchises together in a cohesive and comprehensive manner. They have to have a team of people to check their directors, writers etc to make sure they are not stepping on each others toes. I don’t think they are necessarily hard to work with because everyone always comments on how much free will they studio TRIES to give. Black directed IM3 even tho Favs wanted to come back and he stepped down with no problem and got blown up.
DCMarvelFreshman - 8/11/2013, 6:04 PM
@GliderMan Sorry about that, I'll add a transcription shortly.
80sFace - 8/11/2013, 6:13 PM
Big reason they don't bring directors back for sequels is cuz the film makes tons of money then the director wants big $$$ for the next film. Marvel's philosophy is the characters sell the films & directors are somewhat interchangeable. There are plenty of hungry, good directors out there. Whedon is an exception cuz he's a great storyteller, a huge nerd, & they got him doing multiple things -- Avengers 2, SHIELD, story consulting on the other films. They rightly place a lot of value on that.

I doubt Taylor will come back. He'll move on to another big-budget Disney film.
highflyer - 8/11/2013, 6:19 PM
I yearn for the day when Kevin fiege or somebody from marvel tells us the truth behind some fall outs.
Killersloth - 8/11/2013, 6:23 PM
I love how even though Alan Taylor brings up the rumour himself to set it straight, some instantly make up their mind he must be lying.
And do any of you think any film production runs perfectly smooth? Its part of the process and isnt a "bad omen".
MediaMan - 8/11/2013, 6:36 PM
I almost never watch video interviews, but I did this one... he's impressive. Seems confident in what he's doing.
TheCaptainIsRight - 8/11/2013, 6:38 PM
Marvel always takes a break after filming. They did it with the avengers when Whedon made Much Ado. Thor's just happened to coincide with the need for a new composer. It doesn't take much for a writer to create a story around that.
WhiteBolt - 8/11/2013, 6:47 PM
@CursedBeans

Would you have preferred if the movie was called "Thor: Svartalfheim"? That's what 'The Dark World' is in reference to.
Thegeekygurl - 8/11/2013, 6:56 PM
I think he was covering Marvel's ass to an extent. We have seen the scenes Feige cut from Norton's Hulk and that made the film dumbed down and worse.

Since 2008 Marvel has only had 2 great films out of 6: Iron Man and Avengers.

Iron Man 2, 3 and the Feige Cut of the Hulk were terrible. So Feige's tampering is not helping. If it were not for Whedon, Marvel would not have had a great film since Iron Man.

Thegeekygurl - 8/11/2013, 7:01 PM
@0megaDaGod People love RDJ. When Iron Man 2 hit I remember reviewers giving it better reviews than it deserved.
Doesn't matter if a reviewer liked IM 3. It is even worse than IM2.

Minato - 8/11/2013, 7:03 PM
@CursedBeans
The most unoriginal name of a movie still goes to The Dark Knight…Rises. They just added Rises to The Dark Knight. You do know Svartalfheim literally means The Dark World which is where the dark elves (Kurse and Malekith) come from.
EasternWind - 8/11/2013, 7:11 PM
I will never say no to more Loki!
This guy sounds like he has a great handle on the film, and I totally trust him to deliver.
So ecstatic for this movie!
Minato - 8/11/2013, 7:11 PM
http://instagram.com/p/c4_IdMuTH-/

F**K Loki
Minato - 8/11/2013, 7:14 PM
Thanks Omegathagod for that footage Many people have searched the internet for that one scene.
WhiteBolt - 8/11/2013, 7:19 PM
@2Challa

That clip!
Dechiriko - 8/11/2013, 7:22 PM
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=80336
Thegeekygurl - 8/11/2013, 7:26 PM
@CursedBeans I was severely disappointed in TDKR. And I had many fights here when I said that.

TDKR sucked because of plotholes and the fact that Nolan turned Batman into a recluse and a loser in every way. The plotholes wouldn't matter so much in TDKR if Batman wasn't turned into a pitiful victim of crime.

IM 3 had plot holes that were amazingly larger than TDKR holes. The biggie: Why didn't Stark power the suit with his mini arc reactor? Way too big to explain away. But IM 3 was really just bad movie making. It was horrible.

Man Of Steel was very bad as well.

There haven't been any great genre films in 2013. It's like the year of genre drought.
Blastaar - 8/11/2013, 7:32 PM
@CursedBeans, I have to agree that "The Dark World" would have sounded better as "The Dark Realm" or "Realm Of Darkness". I'm looking forward to seeing "Balder the Brave", "The Enchantress", "Skurge", "Ulik", "Hela", "Brumhilda The Valkyrie" "Karnilla" and of course "Surtur".
Liverpool4life - 8/11/2013, 7:32 PM
@CursedBeans

Your vocabulary speaks to your maturity. Can't wait to be referred to as a woman's body part.

@Banesmash

Up to your usual mischievous DC fanboy subtlety.

Time for bed you two. School tomorrow.
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