Patty Jenkins Exits "Thor 2"

Tue, December 6th, 2011 at 4:30pm PST | Updated: December 7th, 2011 at 4:25am

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Kevin Melrose, Staff Writer
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Less than two months after being hired to direct "Thor 2," Patty Jenkins has left the Marvel movie over creative differences, Deadline reports. The studio is moving quickly to find her replacement.

Jenkins' departure was apparently amicable, as the website contends there's a feeling she could be handed the reins of another Marvel film, but perhaps not a sequel.

Best known as the writer and director of the 2003 drama "Monster," Jenkins was seen as an unlikely choice to succeed Kenneth Branagh on the big-budget superhero franchise. She admitted as much in late September, two weeks before the studio made the official announcement. "I think Marvel is really ballsy to think outside the box,” she said.

Jenkins, who received an Emmy Award nomination for directing the pilot of AMC's "The Killing," emerged as the frontrunner for the "Thor" sequel after talks broke down with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk broke down over creative and financial issues. She reportedly edged out such contenders as Breck Eisner ("The Crazies"), Drew Goddard ("The Cabin in the Woods"), James McTeigue ("Ninja Assassin") and Noam Murro ("300: Battle of Artemesia").

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston are confirmed to return for the sequel, which Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has promised will “take Thor literally to other worlds.” Don Payne, who co-wrote the first film and "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," is penning the script. "Thor 2" opens Nov. 15, 2013.

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