THOR: THE DARK WORLD Director Alan Taylor Says There's A "Taylor Cut" Where Loki Lives And More
Is it time to...#ReleaseTheTaylorCut?! In a revealing new interview, Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor has opened up on how the movie changed in post, and why he later "lost the will to live."
Marvel Studios has never released a movie that's earned the dreaded splat on Rotten Tomatoes, but Thor: The Dark World is one of only two not granted "Certified Fresh" status. It's widely considered to be one of the more disappointing MCU entries, and director Alan Taylor often takes the blame.
The filmmaker made it clear from the start that he wasn't happy with the finished product, revealing that the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credits scene had nothing to do with him...at the premiere! Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Taylor elaborated on why he was hired and where he believes it all went wrong for the sequel (and yes, it sounds like he'd like to "#ReleaseTheTaylorCut").
"Kevin Feige was always smart about looking at what worked and didn’t in the last iteration and trying to retool from that," he said. "So I came in to 'bring some Game of Thrones to it.'"
"The version I had started off with had more childlike wonder; there was this imagery of children, which started the whole thing. There was a slightly more magical quality. There was weird stuff going on back on Earth because of the convergence that allowed for some of these magical realism things," Taylor continued. "And there were major plot differences that were inverted in the cutting room and with additional photography — people [such as Loki] who had died were not dead, people who had broken up were back together again. I think I would like my version."
The filmmaker went on to acknowledge that he admires directors like James Gunn and Taika Waititi who are able to bring their "very personal vision...and manage to combine it with the big corporate demands," but notes that, "I think my skill set may be different."
Of course, things wouldn't get much better when he went on to direct Terminator Genisys, a movie hated even more than Thor: The Dark World. After that, the director hit a new low. "I had lost the will to make movies. I lost the will to live as a director. I’m not blaming any person for that. The process was not good for me. So I came out of it having to rediscover the joy of filmmaking."
Now, Taylor is looking to bounce back with The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark.