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F. Gary Gray falls away from the Captain America 2 director pack

Apr. 11, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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It was reported recently that the list of contenders to direct CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 had been narrowed down to just three (ish) possibilities, with the names in question being F. Gary Gray (LAW ABIDING CITIZEN), George Nolfi (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU), and Joe & Anthony Russo ("Community").  All choices both outside the box and well inside a desirable pay range, it was certainly some interesting news to hear that still didn't actually give much of a hint at all as to the tonal direction Cap's next adventure would take.

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And while we still don't really know much anything about the movie (beyond that it's a continuation of Cap's experience in the modern world), we do know that F. Gary Gray has declined the potential invitation to helm the superhero film in favor of heavy negotiations to helm the NWA biopic STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON that John Singleton was last in talks to direct.  Which leaves George Nolfi and Joe & Anthony Russo remaining, a choice I'm actually quite fine with.  I'd love to see Nolfi take a crack at the job, as THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU was one of my very favorite films of 2011 and I think he showed a talent for implanting real heart amidst some solid action scenes (Nolfi also co-wrote THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM).

So for whom do you vote? Tell us below why you think your pick would do the better job and/or why you think Marvel might have finally messed up.

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11:12PM on 04/11/2012
Would like Joe Johnston back since he did a perfect jon with First Avenger, but if not my vote is for Geroge Nolfi. Loved The Adjustment Bureau and thought it was shot beautifully with much depth.
Would like Joe Johnston back since he did a perfect jon with First Avenger, but if not my vote is for Geroge Nolfi. Loved The Adjustment Bureau and thought it was shot beautifully with much depth.
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4:25PM on 04/11/2012
They got away with the first one because of the period setting and perfect choice of director. I think a modern-day setting for a Captain America sequel would be a bad idea.
They got away with the first one because of the period setting and perfect choice of director. I think a modern-day setting for a Captain America sequel would be a bad idea.
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12:51PM on 04/11/2012
Joe Johnston was put on this Earth to direct First Avenger. All his work from Raiders to Empire Strikes Back to Rocketeer and October Sky lead to that perfect combination of Director & Film project.

Having said that...that movie was a 40s WWII action adventure film. Its many charms derived from reverence for the 'Greatest Generation' and the big sets & props of that era of film.

A sequel, which will certainly be mostly set in the present (and presumably following the 'Winter Soldier'
Joe Johnston was put on this Earth to direct First Avenger. All his work from Raiders to Empire Strikes Back to Rocketeer and October Sky lead to that perfect combination of Director & Film project.

Having said that...that movie was a 40s WWII action adventure film. Its many charms derived from reverence for the 'Greatest Generation' and the big sets & props of that era of film.

A sequel, which will certainly be mostly set in the present (and presumably following the 'Winter Soldier' storyline) will be all about modern day, post-9/11 America. New York City will be the star of the film. You need a director who can film real-world environments, and capture modern day sensibilities. And for that, my vote goes to Nolfi.
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11:03AM on 04/11/2012
The two remaining choices are kind of odd. I love Community, but it couldn't get any more different than Captain America. And the Adjustment Bureau wasn't bad; just kind of forgettable.
The two remaining choices are kind of odd. I love Community, but it couldn't get any more different than Captain America. And the Adjustment Bureau wasn't bad; just kind of forgettable.
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11:55AM on 04/11/2012
Actually, the Community guys make a lot of sense, given all the different styles they've achieved on the show aping other movies. The paintball episodes speak for themselves. I could totally see these guys making it work.
Actually, the Community guys make a lot of sense, given all the different styles they've achieved on the show aping other movies. The paintball episodes speak for themselves. I could totally see these guys making it work.
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9:56AM on 04/11/2012
Well it better be Nolfi now. I really, really don't want to see "Captain America 2, from the directors of You, Me & Dupree".
Well it better be Nolfi now. I really, really don't want to see "Captain America 2, from the directors of You, Me & Dupree".
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8:35AM on 04/11/2012
Gray is the heavyweight champion of "possibly directing" a movie but then ultimately "dropping out".
Gray is the heavyweight champion of "possibly directing" a movie but then ultimately "dropping out".
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7:54AM on 04/11/2012

Why not Joe Johnston?

I don't remember reading anything about why Joe Johnston wouldn't do a sequel. Did he not want to or are they just moving ahead without him (for salary reasons most likely)? I thought he did a great job with the first one.
I don't remember reading anything about why Joe Johnston wouldn't do a sequel. Did he not want to or are they just moving ahead without him (for salary reasons most likely)? I thought he did a great job with the first one.
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