According to Variety, Marvel Studios has entered into negotiations with director Kenneth Branagh to helm the adventures of their Asgardian hero. No distributor has been chosen for the self-financed project.
This could be seen as an unusual choice by Marvel's Kevin Feige, seeing as the last action work Branagh did was 1989's blood-soaked "Henry the Fifth," but is actually a fairly common theme based on the choices of Jon Favreau for "Iron Man," Christopher Nolan's success with the Batman franchise and Gavin Hood's upcoming "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
Branagh's not the first name attached to this project, as director Matthew Vaughan was long considered the man to bring this project to the silver screen. He turned in a script that gave the studio budgetary heebie jeebies. Vaughan eventually fell from favor, leaving the door open to new possibilities. The fact that negotiations were reported in a trade publication of this caliber is a sign that Branagh's a serious contender, but until the credits roll, nothing is set in uru stone.