Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Captain America 2 narrows down an underwhelming shortlist of directors

03.30.2012

When CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER was announced I was anxious to see who they'd hire to helm the pic.  Cap stands as one of my all-time favorite characters and the possibility of screwing him up onscreen rested heavily on the person behind the camera.  Thankfully, Joe Johnston was brought on board and delivered an outstanding film.  Sigh's of relief echoed across fandom.

Now, comes the shortlist of directors for CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, narrowed down to three choices, each as strange as the next for a superhero film.  F. Gary Gray (FRIDAY, THE ITALIAN JOB), George Nolfi (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU), and Anthony and Joseph Russo (YOU, ME, AND DUPREE, Community). 

From Vulture:

“Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios’ president of production] is a ‘vibe guy,'” one source familiar with the talks explains about the unusual decision to include a pair of Emmy-winning comedy guys in the mix. Adds the insider, “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.”

What?  That doesn't get you excited?  The writers of Community on Captain America? The guy who filmed Ice Cube and Chris Tucker smoking weed all day long?  The director who filmed Matt Damon in a stupid hat, while running from men in suits? 

Ugh.  Man, I know Marvel is trying to think outside the box, but these are some odd choices.  It's not that they're necessarily bad directors, just uninspired.  We all saw how the hiring of Patty Jenkins (MONSTER) for THOR 2 went down.  Perhaps "vibing" in a room isn't the best way to hire a director?  Just thinking out loud here.  Maybe, I don't know, look at what they've done to merit being hired for a big-budget superhero flick where a guy wears red, white, and blue and tosses a shield?  Just a thought.

Apparently, "additional meetings with all three candidates are being scheduled for early next month, and that a decision could be made as early as mid-April."

So, it's official.  I'm now anxious about this project, just as I was for the first one.  Shit.

Extra Tidbit: Here's my choices: James McTiegue, The Wachowski's, Peter Berg, Joss Whedon, or Joe Johnston. I would accept many others, but those are some off the top of my head. Let's hear what you Schmoes got...
Source: Vulture

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

1:30PM on 03/30/2012

Meeehhhh...

I'd rather see Johnston return for the sequel. Any of the choices you listed would be fine ones. I'm wondering if the new director possibilities are stemming from them not wanting Johnston because of his penchant for stylization akin to Rocketeer and Cap 1. The look for First Avenger was great, but it might not fit the modern era Cap finds himself in now. Going in a new direction is one thing. Hiring directors that aren't qualified for big special effects and deep characterization (required for
I'd rather see Johnston return for the sequel. Any of the choices you listed would be fine ones. I'm wondering if the new director possibilities are stemming from them not wanting Johnston because of his penchant for stylization akin to Rocketeer and Cap 1. The look for First Avenger was great, but it might not fit the modern era Cap finds himself in now. Going in a new direction is one thing. Hiring directors that aren't qualified for big special effects and deep characterization (required for cap) is another entirely.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:34PM on 03/30/2012
Why don't they just get Joe Johnston back? Has he said he doesn't want to, or what?
Why don't they just get Joe Johnston back? Has he said he doesn't want to, or what?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:42PM on 03/30/2012
He has said that he is contracted to marvel to do 2 or 3 movies, but they didn't say which ones. He seemed to imply he wanted to work on different heroes not multiple films of the same hero
He has said that he is contracted to marvel to do 2 or 3 movies, but they didn't say which ones. He seemed to imply he wanted to work on different heroes not multiple films of the same hero
1:36PM on 03/30/2012
Wasn't the car chase in The Italian Job really great?
Anyway, you know what I'd like to see? The Invaders- go back to WW2 and tell an untold tale
Wasn't the car chase in The Italian Job really great?
Anyway, you know what I'd like to see? The Invaders- go back to WW2 and tell an untold tale
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:44PM on 03/30/2012
So, basically, they don't want Johnston any more, because Cap2 takes place nowadays and therefore the guy who made Rocketeer and Wolfman, two (kind of) period pieces, wouldn't have the good vibe to do it ?
Because the way they did Cap1, they can't do an untold story set during WWII, but maybe they could do the Winter Soldier story (since we HEARD Bucky speak Russian while being freed by Cap in Hydra's base)...
Of Those 3, F Gary Gray seems like the best one to do action...
So, basically, they don't want Johnston any more, because Cap2 takes place nowadays and therefore the guy who made Rocketeer and Wolfman, two (kind of) period pieces, wouldn't have the good vibe to do it ?
Because the way they did Cap1, they can't do an untold story set during WWII, but maybe they could do the Winter Soldier story (since we HEARD Bucky speak Russian while being freed by Cap in Hydra's base)...
Of Those 3, F Gary Gray seems like the best one to do action...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:47PM on 03/30/2012

Odd choices indeed

But you never know. Sometimes it all comes down to a good script. At first none of them really qualify for a Cap movie, but what the heck do I know, right?
But you never know. Sometimes it all comes down to a good script. At first none of them really qualify for a Cap movie, but what the heck do I know, right?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:48PM on 03/30/2012
I am not crazy about this shortlist. My pick would be Nimrod Antal. A good solid director with experience framing shots with artistic vision. With the color palette of Cap (red white and blue) Nimrod would make a visually arresting film and still have a ton of heart in it.
I am not crazy about this shortlist. My pick would be Nimrod Antal. A good solid director with experience framing shots with artistic vision. With the color palette of Cap (red white and blue) Nimrod would make a visually arresting film and still have a ton of heart in it.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:49PM on 03/30/2012
Nolfi sounds like an interesting possibility. Adjustment Bureau was a pretty strong first effort for a director. And it'd be cool if he could snag Emily Blunt to play Sharon Carter.
Nolfi sounds like an interesting possibility. Adjustment Bureau was a pretty strong first effort for a director. And it'd be cool if he could snag Emily Blunt to play Sharon Carter.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:53PM on 03/30/2012
I really like The Adjustment Bureau and would not be upset to see George Nolfi take the reigns. Heck, F. Gary Gray could probably do a decent job. I wouldn't be excited, but I wouldn't be worried either.

However, Marvel shouldn't debase themselves and allow the Russo brothers to do it. There has got to be a better gun for hire than those two.

Something must have happened because Joe Johnston was signed for two movies, the first one got good reviews, and did well. He either fucked
I really like The Adjustment Bureau and would not be upset to see George Nolfi take the reigns. Heck, F. Gary Gray could probably do a decent job. I wouldn't be excited, but I wouldn't be worried either.

However, Marvel shouldn't debase themselves and allow the Russo brothers to do it. There has got to be a better gun for hire than those two.

Something must have happened because Joe Johnston was signed for two movies, the first one got good reviews, and did well. He either fucked the wrong guys wife, took to drinking, or I don't know what.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:01PM on 03/30/2012

Nolfi

I would be down with Nolfi. I really enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau.
I would be down with Nolfi. I really enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:26PM on 03/30/2012

meh

I thought the Cap movie turned out pretty lame. Really don't get all the hype about it. I enjoyed Thor way more. Funny thing is I thought Thor would suck and Cap would be amazing. Boy was I wrong. The action scenes were lame and the story jumped all over the place. Only decent things were Chris Evans and the CGI that shrunk him.

Johnson is a decent director. I enjoy most of his film, including Jurassic Park 3, but I just didn't have any fun with the flick. Im up for a new director but I
I thought the Cap movie turned out pretty lame. Really don't get all the hype about it. I enjoyed Thor way more. Funny thing is I thought Thor would suck and Cap would be amazing. Boy was I wrong. The action scenes were lame and the story jumped all over the place. Only decent things were Chris Evans and the CGI that shrunk him.

Johnson is a decent director. I enjoy most of his film, including Jurassic Park 3, but I just didn't have any fun with the flick. Im up for a new director but I dont think any of these guys would be right either. Although I did enjoy Adjustment Bureau quite a bit.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:26PM on 03/30/2012

The master

Spielberg all the way :D (just fantasizing)
Spielberg all the way :D (just fantasizing)
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:36PM on 03/30/2012
"An outstanding film"? What movie were you watching? While entertaining, I was hugely disappointed by Captain America. Chris Evans carried the film, but after his origin story is told we're left with a boring action story with a shockingly dull villain.

Johnston has moments as a director (The Rocketeer is a childhood favorite), but I'd prefer to see some new blood. Even though this will never happen, I'd like to see what Peter Weir could do with a superhero film.
"An outstanding film"? What movie were you watching? While entertaining, I was hugely disappointed by Captain America. Chris Evans carried the film, but after his origin story is told we're left with a boring action story with a shockingly dull villain.

Johnston has moments as a director (The Rocketeer is a childhood favorite), but I'd prefer to see some new blood. Even though this will never happen, I'd like to see what Peter Weir could do with a superhero film.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:37PM on 03/30/2012
I think that fans of the character appreciated the movie more than non-fans with nothing to lose. I am a huge fan and have been reading the comics for decades and continue to do so.

They got the character right, which was the most important thing.

So, yeah, I was watching the movie they got right. It didn't have enough action for my taste, but I can overlook it in this instance given the things they did well.

A sequel needs to be amped up actionwise. Berg, McTiegue, Wachowski's
I think that fans of the character appreciated the movie more than non-fans with nothing to lose. I am a huge fan and have been reading the comics for decades and continue to do so.

They got the character right, which was the most important thing.

So, yeah, I was watching the movie they got right. It didn't have enough action for my taste, but I can overlook it in this instance given the things they did well.

A sequel needs to be amped up actionwise. Berg, McTiegue, Wachowski's have all got that in the bag. Whedon and Johnston are good choices because they "get" the character, not so much for their action chops. And again, I could rattle off 20 other names I'd rather see than the three mentioned here. Even Weir would be a better choice and he doesn't have much in the action department either.

+11
2:55PM on 03/30/2012

alright I was disappointed

by The First Avenger, but I still didn't mind it.

However... these are NOT underwhelming or unusual choices... I mean look at the past, they gave Iron Man to Jon Favreau?! they gave Thor to Kenneth Branagh?! Joe Johnston was the only one that seemed like he had a past more along the lines of superhero movies like this... and I thought his movie was the weakest of the new bunch. All in all I think these are good choices, especially George Nolfi who did a GREAT job with The Adjustment Bureau,
by The First Avenger, but I still didn't mind it.

However... these are NOT underwhelming or unusual choices... I mean look at the past, they gave Iron Man to Jon Favreau?! they gave Thor to Kenneth Branagh?! Joe Johnston was the only one that seemed like he had a past more along the lines of superhero movies like this... and I thought his movie was the weakest of the new bunch. All in all I think these are good choices, especially George Nolfi who did a GREAT job with The Adjustment Bureau, would very much like to see him give it a shot!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:01PM on 03/30/2012

Don't make one...

This.
This.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-12
3:36PM on 03/30/2012

nope

I agree with a few here in that:

This movie shouldn't be made. The origin story is all you need, anything after that is repetitive, boring, and not original. Did I mention not necessary?
I agree with a few here in that:

This movie shouldn't be made. The origin story is all you need, anything after that is repetitive, boring, and not original. Did I mention not necessary?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:30PM on 03/30/2012

I hate that disney bought Marvel

It's Disney's fault. After the Avengers the Marvel movies are going to go down hill because of there new "vision". ugh.
It's Disney's fault. After the Avengers the Marvel movies are going to go down hill because of there new "vision". ugh.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:54PM on 03/30/2012

The first one wasn't that good

I like Chris Evans, and he was cool as Cap. But the movie was extremely mediocre. The whole Montage of action scenes was retarded.....not much happened overall in the movie. Cap didn't do much.

So yeah, lets not make a 2nd one.

Extra Tidbit....really Joe Johnston, and Peter Berg? Do we want the 2nd one to be to just as mediocre as the first?
I like Chris Evans, and he was cool as Cap. But the movie was extremely mediocre. The whole Montage of action scenes was retarded.....not much happened overall in the movie. Cap didn't do much.

So yeah, lets not make a 2nd one.

Extra Tidbit....really Joe Johnston, and Peter Berg? Do we want the 2nd one to be to just as mediocre as the first?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+13
5:07PM on 03/30/2012
Out of the three joices, I'd go with Adjustment Bureau guy
Out of the three joices, I'd go with Adjustment Bureau guy
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+6
6:01PM on 03/30/2012
Please keep the Wachowskis as far, far, far away from this as possible.
Please keep the Wachowskis as far, far, far away from this as possible.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:00AM on 04/01/2012
Amen to that.
Amen to that.
6:33PM on 03/30/2012
Maybe they want to turn this into a James Bond type of franchise where they sign on directors with completely different styles.

In that case i vote for Sylvester Stallone. Is that outside of the box enough for ya?
Maybe they want to turn this into a James Bond type of franchise where they sign on directors with completely different styles.

In that case i vote for Sylvester Stallone. Is that outside of the box enough for ya?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:58PM on 03/30/2012
Stallone as director would be such shit. Horrible, HORRIBLE choice.
Stallone as director would be such shit. Horrible, HORRIBLE choice.
7:29PM on 03/30/2012
That might be kind of awesome, actually. Slap an R-rating on that puppy and give Cap a .50 cal and some retro-fitted Hydra bastards and you've got a winner!

Also, snake taming.
That might be kind of awesome, actually. Slap an R-rating on that puppy and give Cap a .50 cal and some retro-fitted Hydra bastards and you've got a winner!

Also, snake taming.
-3
8:24PM on 03/30/2012
The first half of Cap was great, the other half was generic shit where you never felt tension or danger.. it kind of ruined the potential for me to a point where I didn't give a fuck! What a let down from such an awesome origin start! ..Anywho, they better step it up, as he already looks rediculous in Avengers, and I can't really see a sequel being great in a modern day setting! ..and I actually enjoyed Thor more.
The first half of Cap was great, the other half was generic shit where you never felt tension or danger.. it kind of ruined the potential for me to a point where I didn't give a fuck! What a let down from such an awesome origin start! ..Anywho, they better step it up, as he already looks rediculous in Avengers, and I can't really see a sequel being great in a modern day setting! ..and I actually enjoyed Thor more.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+1
8:37PM on 03/30/2012
Hmm, makes me think of Marc Webb directed Spider-man, and we have yet to see how that turned out. I'll keep an open mind.
Hmm, makes me think of Marc Webb directed Spider-man, and we have yet to see how that turned out. I'll keep an open mind.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+4
8:48PM on 03/30/2012

Why the fuck...

... would they NOT pull out all the stops to bring back Joe Johnston? He was perfect for the first Cap, due to his Raiders/Rocketeer experience. Same bullshit as Marvel pulled with Branagh on Thor 2. >_
... would they NOT pull out all the stops to bring back Joe Johnston? He was perfect for the first Cap, due to his Raiders/Rocketeer experience. Same bullshit as Marvel pulled with Branagh on Thor 2. >_
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:34AM on 04/02/2012
Marvel didn't pull anything with Branagh. Branagh himself said he did not want to return! Get your facts straight!
Marvel didn't pull anything with Branagh. Branagh himself said he did not want to return! Get your facts straight!
8:50PM on 03/30/2012

Just don't screw it up....

Whomever they hand the reigns over to, they better not screw it up. That's all I have to say about that.

Extra Tidbit: Joe Wright, Edgar Wright, Joss Wheadon or even Peter Berg would work for me. That's my 2 cents.
Whomever they hand the reigns over to, they better not screw it up. That's all I have to say about that.

Extra Tidbit: Joe Wright, Edgar Wright, Joss Wheadon or even Peter Berg would work for me. That's my 2 cents.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:29PM on 03/30/2012
Nolfi. Adjustment Bureau was well shot, well paced and had great flow. It had its flaws but not in the directing.
Nolfi. Adjustment Bureau was well shot, well paced and had great flow. It had its flaws but not in the directing.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+11
9:38PM on 03/30/2012
Adjustment Bureau was one of my favorites of last year so he would get my vote!... F. Gary Gray has proven himself to be a quality director and deserves his shot at some more projects, his name isn't around very often. And the dudes that direct Community, I mean, that show speaks for itself! They can def transition to big budget films and make fun movies by doing so!
Adjustment Bureau was one of my favorites of last year so he would get my vote!... F. Gary Gray has proven himself to be a quality director and deserves his shot at some more projects, his name isn't around very often. And the dudes that direct Community, I mean, that show speaks for itself! They can def transition to big budget films and make fun movies by doing so!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:33PM on 03/30/2012

Shitty list of directors...

Regardless, just give Cap his damn scales, wings, and ears. Do that, change the material of the costume, and its almost perfect.
Regardless, just give Cap his damn scales, wings, and ears. Do that, change the material of the costume, and its almost perfect.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+9
11:21PM on 03/30/2012

Because it's Marvel these choices make sense.

These guys are competent without being overly stylized. Marvel wants to be able to say this is what we want, do it. The last thing they want is a big name director saying they don't agree with their predetermined choices.

These guys are competent without being overly stylized. Marvel wants to be able to say this is what we want, do it. The last thing they want is a big name director saying they don't agree with their predetermined choices.

Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:22PM on 03/30/2012
Geroge Nolfi would be my favorite choice if Johnston were not to come back. I loved the hell out of The Adjustment Bureau and thought it was nothing but a perfect film.

First Avenger was great. Not understanding all the hate for it. Origin wise, I would say it was done just as good as Batman's in Batman Begins.
Geroge Nolfi would be my favorite choice if Johnston were not to come back. I loved the hell out of The Adjustment Bureau and thought it was nothing but a perfect film.

First Avenger was great. Not understanding all the hate for it. Origin wise, I would say it was done just as good as Batman's in Batman Begins.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:00AM on 03/31/2012
If The Avengers turns out well financially and critically, I'm sure Joss Whedon will get the job.
If The Avengers turns out well financially and critically, I'm sure Joss Whedon will get the job.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:15AM on 03/31/2012
Why not just bring Joe Johnston back? Is Marvel scared of having the same directors because Favs bailed on them? Well from that list I would chose F. Gary Gray.

I would also like to add that The Adjustment Bureau was a vastly underrated movie & it left me wanting more in the end.
Why not just bring Joe Johnston back? Is Marvel scared of having the same directors because Favs bailed on them? Well from that list I would chose F. Gary Gray.

I would also like to add that The Adjustment Bureau was a vastly underrated movie & it left me wanting more in the end.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:45PM on 03/31/2012
Since Marvel hasn't made one mistake yet in terms of who they have put in the director's chair, I'm going to give them the benefit of a few doubts. I'd vote F. Gary Gray only because The Italian Job is one fine film.
Since Marvel hasn't made one mistake yet in terms of who they have put in the director's chair, I'm going to give them the benefit of a few doubts. I'd vote F. Gary Gray only because The Italian Job is one fine film.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:50PM on 03/31/2012
BTW- Joe Johnston is apparently busy with another movie and will then be doing Jurassic Park IV. This isn't Marvel/Disney being the evil empire. It's just a case of hollywood scheduling conflicts. Cap First Avenger was a great film and JJ was a large part as to why.
BTW- Joe Johnston is apparently busy with another movie and will then be doing Jurassic Park IV. This isn't Marvel/Disney being the evil empire. It's just a case of hollywood scheduling conflicts. Cap First Avenger was a great film and JJ was a large part as to why.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:42AM on 04/01/2012
First all do we REALLY need a sequel? That goes the same for Thor 2.

I'm saying this because after The Avengers drops, what next? Does the organisation go bankrupt and lay off the superheroes and never meet again or will the sequels ignore the events of The Avengers?

Maybe I'm not 'thinking outside the box' but I just don't see how this will be pulled off.
But if for some reason they do, I'd like to see J.J Abrams take charge of this.
First all do we REALLY need a sequel? That goes the same for Thor 2.

I'm saying this because after The Avengers drops, what next? Does the organisation go bankrupt and lay off the superheroes and never meet again or will the sequels ignore the events of The Avengers?

Maybe I'm not 'thinking outside the box' but I just don't see how this will be pulled off.
But if for some reason they do, I'd like to see J.J Abrams take charge of this.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:38AM on 04/02/2012
Are you really that dumb? In the comics, do the Avengers 'go broke', or do they continue to have lives after the big scale attack, and then have to contend with smaller enemies? Not only are you not thinking "outside the box", you clearly just aren't thinking.
Are you really that dumb? In the comics, do the Avengers 'go broke', or do they continue to have lives after the big scale attack, and then have to contend with smaller enemies? Not only are you not thinking "outside the box", you clearly just aren't thinking.
4:13PM on 04/01/2012
I thought I read for Iron Man 3 that it focus on how Iron Man was affected by the events in The Avengers, I'm sure Thor 2 and Capt. America 2 will have to do with the same ideas. It's all the same world now my man, I wouldn't fret!
I thought I read for Iron Man 3 that it focus on how Iron Man was affected by the events in The Avengers, I'm sure Thor 2 and Capt. America 2 will have to do with the same ideas. It's all the same world now my man, I wouldn't fret!
1:40AM on 04/02/2012
A) Marvel clearly knows what they're doing when it comes to choosing 'odd' directors, and the results being damned good. B) Out of all the shortlisted, and the ones the Schmoes have thrown out, my vote goes to George Nolfi. "The Adjustment Bureau" was beautiful and damn near perfect.
A) Marvel clearly knows what they're doing when it comes to choosing 'odd' directors, and the results being damned good. B) Out of all the shortlisted, and the ones the Schmoes have thrown out, my vote goes to George Nolfi. "The Adjustment Bureau" was beautiful and damn near perfect.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting