Marvel Studios has hired Saving Private Ryan scripter Robert Rodat to give their script for Thor 2 a rewrite. Rodat will be working from a draft already handed in by Don Payne, one of the writers who received credit on the first film last summer. Rodat’s hiring follows Alan Taylor replacing Patty Jenkins in the film’s director’s chair.
In addition to his Academy Award nominated screenplay for Saving Private Ryan, Rodat has scripted Fly Away Home and The Patriot and created TNT’s series Falling Skies.
With its key two creative positions for the film filled, I suspect that Marvel will be shifting into overdrive to get the film into production later this year for its already announced November 2013 release.
Marvel is playing whatever story plans they have for the sequel close to their vest. Presumably, the first film’s ending featuring Thor stranded in the otherworldly realm of Asgard, unable to return to Earth, will be dealt with in this summer’s The Avengers, leaving the slate fairly clean for the film to chart its own direction. It should be interesting to see what the result is.