Alan Taylor Reportedly Marvel Studios' "Favorite" To Helm THOR Sequel

We've heard the Game Of Thrones director was in contention to helm Marvel's anticipated Thor sequel, following Patty Jenkins' exit, but now it seems he's closer to getting the gig!

We learned only last week that Marvel Studios were eyeing two Game Of Thrones episode directors, Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan, to helm their much-anticipated Thor sequel, following Kenneth Branagh and Patty Jenkins' departure. However, questionable news outlets, 3 News NZ among others, seem to think Marvel has chosen a "favorite."

Alan Taylor is reportedly in talks to take over the Thor movie franchise following the departure of director Patty Jenkins.

Taylor, known for his work on shows like Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, has emerged as the favorite to pick up where Kenneth Branagh left off.

When news broke that Marvel narrowed their search down to two, they were also closing in on a new scribe to rework Don Payne's script. With no word on who they've chosen, the contenders are John Collee (Happy Feet), Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), Sheldon Turner (co-wrote X-Men: First Class), and Robert Avary (Pulp Fiction).

For those who don't know, the sequel will follow the Norse God "literally" to other worlds on an adventure, with the Warriors Three and Lady Sif, among other Asgardians. And the movie is said to explore Thor's deepening relationship with the all-father Odin, and love interest Jane Foster. With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston confirmed to reprise their roles, with Ray Stevenson, Joshua Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano and Anthony Hopkins expected, THOR 2 is slated for release July 26, 2013.

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