Apparently Marvel has been searching for a director for sometime now. Which means, of course, that Joe Johnston, who directed “Captain America: The First Avenger” won’t be back for the sequel. According to reports, Marvel has already met with a slew of potential replacements, and has narrowed the search down to three likely candidates: F. Gary Gray (“Law Abiding Citizen”), George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”), and brothers Anthony and Joseph Russo.
Of those three (er, four?) likely candidates, I’d have to think Nolfi is the frontrunner, with Gray the back-up plan, and the Russos the “out there” choice. Of course, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has been known to go “out there” for his movie directors (remember Kenneth Branagh for “Thor”?), and according to NyMag’s source, that’s apparently Feige’s approach to choosing directors:
[Feige] is a ‘vibe guy,’. He likes to see if he gets along with people before he’ll decide about spending the next two years with them. And apparently, they hit it off with Kevin in the room.
Besides “Law Abiding Citizen”, Gray has directed the Mark Wahlberg heist flick “The Italian Job”, the Vin Diesel cop actioner “A Man Apart”, and the Elmore Leonard sequel “Be Cool”. Basically, he’s a good director who you’ll never mistaken for great. That’s why I call him the “back up guy”.
Nolfi is new, with just “The Adjustment Bureau” under his directing belt, but he has a healthy screenwriting career, having dabbled in the “Bourne” films, “Ocean’s Twelve”, and the upcoming “Last Stand”. He would make an interesting choice.
As for the Russos, they’ve directed TV comedies (“Community”, “Happy Endings”) and movies, including 2006’s “You, Me and Dupree” and 2002’s “Welcome to Collinwood”. They would make a really “out there” choice, but hey, Feige has pulled a fast one on me before, so we’ll see.
Last we saw the good Captain, he was a man out of time. Where could you possibly go after that? I’m guessing the WWII stuff is now in the past, literally and figuratively for the Captain, and that his further adventures would take place in the present. Or, I suppose, they could do flashback sequels, which would be a bit of a cheat, and honestly, with Captain America now firmly in “The Avengers” universe, I think they should just continue with him in the present facing new (possibly new/old) threats.
Via : Vulture