'Saving Private Ryan' Screenwriter to Give 'Thor 2' Script a Once Over

Posted 11:03 PM January 10th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in Thor
Robert Rodat, the screenwriter for Saving Private Ryan and Patriot Games, will give the Thor 2 script additional polish before the sequel goes into production later this year, according to Deadline.

In a previous report by the Hollywood Reporter, Rodat was one of the three screenwriters considered for the Thor 2 rewrite: Master and Commander's John Collee and Pulp Fiction's Roger Avary being the other two.

The original draft was written by Don Payne, who also had a hand in writing the first movie.

Kenneth Branagh directed the first Thor, but for whatever reason, he decided not to return for the followup, allowing Marvel to select Monster's director Patty Jenkins to take over the helm. Jenkins' selection was odd because her resume didn't include any movies that are heavy on action and special effects.

Marvel realized that as well. Citing the oft used excuse of "creative difference," Jenkins and Marvel parted ways in December of last year. Her departure, or firing, didn't sit well with one of the film's star, Natalie Portman. She was reportedly very upset over this incident.

Wanting to make the release date of November 15, 2013, Marvel quickly scrambled to find Jenkins' replacement. The studio decided on Game of Thrones' Alan Taylor after giving Daniel Minahan consideration as well.

Thor 2 will star Chris Hemsworth as the title character and Natalie Portman as an astrophysicist who is also Thor's love interest.

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