Alan Taylor has been discussing directing forthcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World and draws a number of comparisons with his work on hit TV series Game Of Thrones.
The similarities go beyond the simple notion that both are set in old-world fantasy lands, with Taylor comparing Thor and Loki's dynamic to the relationship between Tyrion and Cersei Lannister.
"In both cases, it’s using the conceit of a fantastical, alien world to make fresh what is really a domestic drama," says Taylor. "In Game Of Thrones, seeing Tyrion battle with his sister Cersei, seeing the relationship between children and their fathers, it’s all stuff that we can relate to."
"You know, the oldest stories we tell, it’s all about that stuff. It’s all the stuff we’re interested in at a psychological level because we’re living it all the time. But it takes place in this otherwise fantastical, foreign realm."
“I think the same thing is true in Thor," continues the director. "The brilliant thing that Ken Branagh did in launching it was to make it very much a story about two brothers."
"it's a story about brothers competing for the love of their father. So it’s small, and confined, and human, at the same time as it’s this blown-out, intergalactic world.”
Co-starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman, Thor: The Dark World will open in the UK on 30 October 2013.
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