Variety is reporting that Kenneth Branagh is negotiating to direct "Thor", the next Marvel Comics property that will be turned into a live-action film by Marvel Studios.
Marvel will set a distributor for "Thor" shortly, according to Variety.
The article in Variety continues:
"Thor" comicbook adaptation, penned by Mark Protosevich, follows disabled medical student Donald Blake, who has an alter ego as the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor.
Marvel will self-finance the film via its $500 million credit facility through Merrill Lynch. Marvel used that coin to fund both "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" and will do the same for the "Iron Man" sequel that has director Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. returning.
The "Thor" negotiations come during a resurgence for Branagh. He's currently drawing raves on the London stage in the title role of "Ivanov," and he'll next be seen acting in the Bryan Singer helmed "Valkyrie".
Until then, enjoy this clip of "The Mighty Thor", an animated episode from 1966.