Captain America Sequel Eyeing Three Directors

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The Avengers Portrait - Chris Evans as Captain AmericaApparently 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.

Director Joe Johnston and Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Movie Image

Via : Vulture

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Branagh wasn’t “Out there” for “Thor” he was perfect! Thor is shakepearean at it’s best so it made perfect sense for a man so known for his Shakespearean works to do Thor. I agree Nolfi is the best choice with gray the backup. I’d actually go with Del Toro if the plan is to stay in Asgard.

    • Juggernaut

      I thought that Thor 2 had already locked down Alan Taylor? He’d work. However, he lacks the “star director” allure of Branaugh. Hopefully he can bring the grandious element of the characters and locations for the movie.

  • Lexavi80

    I’m curious on where they will take the good ol’ Caps now. I mean, WWII worked the first time around, but where you put a character like that on the 21st century… without his partners?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      True. He’s not exactly special ops. I’ve heard that they may still do some Flashbacks to WWII as the stuff we saw was during a 2 year period. I say bring in the “Watchdog” organization as an extreme coutner terrorist group that have been attacking anyone they see as anti- american. Or Bring back Hydra in the present undr Von Strucker like in “Avengers: EMH” or bring on Zemo.

      • Lexavi80

        Dude, I have no idea what you just said! That means I have a lot to read.

        I bought a ton of Marvel Omnibuses and just read two. Captain America might be my next.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          I was referring to a storyline from when Rogers was replaced by US Agent as Cap and there was this group called Watchdog that he was taking on. Avengers EMH is the cartoon and its awesome. Season 2 starts Sunday.
          Sent on the go!

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      • Juggernaut

        All of those would be viable options. I’d like to see a Paul Greengrass directed Cap film myself. Ramped up miltary action with great plot developemet. Winter Soldier needs to be in there! Out of the three (er, four) directors mentioned, Nolfi would be my pick.

  • LionHeart

    I’d be too afraid of Gray ruining a perfectly good movie with a TERRIBLE ending again. Man, Law-Abiding Citizen wasn’t a piece of art, but it surely deserved more than the tacked on ending it got.

    • Juggernaut

      Agreed!