May 17, 2011

Thor Reboot Announced


Only ten days after its theatrical release, the superhero film Thor has grossed nearly $120 million and landed at the top of the box office charts both weeks. This is in addition to being well-received by critics.

“Thor has proven to be a fantastic property for us,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “The public has embraced the character and the universe that surrounds him. Now is the time to take advantage of that.”

In order to capitalize on the surging popularity of Thor, Mr. Feige says, the studio has begun the process of launching a reboot of the film.

“The audience has spoken, and they want more of this character,” Mr. Feige continued. “We’re hoping they want to see him in a way they’ve never seen before.”

According to reports, the studio already has a script in place for the Thor reboot, tentatively titled Thor: Reborn, written by James Vanderbilt, also the writer of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.

“It’s going to be a more contemporary look at the character,” said an anonymous source inside Marvel who has seen Vanderbilt's script. “The reboot will take that origin story but tell it in a way that is for today’s audience. Expect it to be darker and a little rougher around the edges.”

Mr. Feige couldn’t give any details regarding the reboot, since negotiations continue with directors and actors, but said fans can expect something distinct from the current Thor.

“It will be a complete re-imagining of this world,” he said. “It will look different, feel different, even smell different.”

Mr. Feige also confirmed that the Thor reboot would not affect the already-in-the-works Thor sequel.

Thor 2 is still on track and is looking at a summer 2013 release date,” he said. “It looks to be another great film in the Thor universe, and we’re looking forward to the day that we can reboot that one, too.”