Terminator Genisys Director Opens Up About Thor 2 Ordeal
After starting his career with a pair of low budget indies (Palookaville, Kill the Poor), director Alan Taylor shifted his focus to TV, making a splash with his work on popular HBO series like The Sopranos and Game of Thrones. After a decade-long break from movies, he finally returned in 2013 with Thor: The Dark World, a $170 million epic that made his earlier films look microscopic by comparison. Rumours have persisted that this was a grueling experience for Taylor—and the director confirmed this speculation while out promoting his follow-up, Terminator Genisys.
With Ant-Man about to arrive in theatres, Marvel’s Kevin Feige has been on the defensive in recent weeks about the studio’s reputation for bullying directors. (As you’ve probably heard by now, director Edgar Wright quit Ant-Man on the brink of production.) However, Taylor’s comments only reinforce the rumours. “I’ve learned that you don’t make a $170 million movie with someone else’s money and not have to collaborate a lot,” he told Uproxx. “The Marvel experience was particularly wrenching because I was sort of given absolute freedom while we were shooting, and then in post it turned into a different movie. So, that is something I hope never to repeat and don’t wish upon anybody else.”
While Terminator Genisys has been less warmly received than Thor: The Dark World, Taylor is happy to report that it was a more satisfying experience. “This was not like that,” he said. “The story we started telling is essentially the story we finished and are bringing out into the world. But there was a lot of collaboration, as there is going to be on something this big.”