Weeks before THOR, the film adaptation of the Marvel comic about the legendary Norse god and proposed first film in a movie series is set to open, the series is set to be rebooted.
“Despite the popularity of the comic and the excitement surrounding the upcoming film, we feel that the series has run its course with the current team,” said Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures spokesman Rachel Cyr at a press conference earlier today. “We would like to give the character an opportunity for a fresh start with a new cast, director and team of writers.”
The upcoming film stars Chris Hemsworth in the title role, Natalie Portman as the thunder god’s love interest, Tom Hiddleston as the trickster god Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Rene Russo as Frigga and Idris Elba as Heimdall. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne. It is set for release on May 6.
“The initial team,” continued Cyr, “now has the opportunity to move on to other projects as we begin the new series with an exciting group of very talented artists who will take the THOR franchise into a new, interesting direction.”
Cyr says that no decisions have been made regarding the director or cast of the new cycle of films based on the comic, but she did say that writers Michael Sarah and Yorel Sortsa, who collaborated on the short-lived ABC sitcom Bugs In Hot Water have been hired to write the first reboot script. According to Cyr the new series would be “darker, more psychological,” than the first, and that they plan to begin the first film’s story in the new series about fifteen minutes before the events of the current THOR film. It will cover much of the same territory, centering on Thor’s fall to earth from Asgard, “but with a decidedly different tone.”
While Marvel Studios admits that it is unusual to radically reboot a series before the first film has even been released, she hastened to add, “To be certain, we are totally satisfied with the initial series of films. We simply feel that we need to make the character more relevant for a newer, younger generation of movie fans who were born maybe fifteen minutes after the fans of the THOR film that will be released in May.”
Cyr had no comment about the rumor circulating around Hollywood that Marvel and Paramount’s upcoming superhero movie franchise PRINCE NAMOR, which does not yet have a script, is also due for a reboot.