'Thor 2' helmer in talks to direct rodeo pic; Tom Cruise will help develop script

Brian Kirk, the “Game of Thrones” helmer who’s in talks to direct “Thor 2,” is also in negotiations to take the reins of Sony’s rodeo pic “Paper Wings,” being developed as a potential starring vehicle for Tom Cruise.

Overbrook Entertainment and Temple Hill Entertainment are teaming to produce the Les Bohem-scripted pic, which follows a rodeo champ who falls for an up-and-coming country singer.

Prior to Kirk’s attachment, there hadn’t been any movement on the long-gestating project since last summer, when Cruise, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith performed a table read at the Saddle Ranch Chop House in Hollywood.

While there are no actors officially attached, sources tell Daily Variety that Cruise had a hand in selecting Kirk for the gig and will work with the helmer to develop the script.

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing for Temple Hill, while Overbrook’s principals include Smith, Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz, who is running point on the project.

Bohem and Bowen developed the romance after meeting at the 2005 Nashville Screenwriters Conference.

Charles Stone was previously attached to direct “Paper Wings” when it was set up at New Line back in 2006.

Kirk will make his studio debut with Marvel’s “Thor 2,” which Disney will release on July 26, 2013.

Irish filmmaker has directed episodes of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Showtime’s “Dexter” and the BBC’s “Luther,” as well as episodes of HBO’s upcoming series “Luck” and the BBC’s three-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, “Great Expectations.”

CAA reps Cruise and Kirk, who’s also repped by Independent Talent Group.

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