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Joe Johnston finally talks Captain America (and Jurassic Park 4)

01.14.2010

The CAPTAIN AMERICA movie has long puzzled me, as despite its release date mere months away from THOR, we've heard almost NOTHING about the project to date. Well, director Joe Johnston is finally talking, and though we’re not getting any casting news at this point, what he does give us in an interview with Box Office Magazine is a pretty damn detailed plot synopsis of just what the CapAm movie will be.

"It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It's the origin story of Captain America. It's mostly period—there are modern, present-day bookends on it—but it's basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. The great thing about Captain America is he's a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can't fly, he can't see through walls, he can't do any of that stuff. He's an every man who's been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen—the pinnacle of human perfection. How does that affect him? What does that mean for him emotionally and psychologically?"

"He was this 98-pound weakling, he was this wimp, and he's transformed instantly into this Adonis. You'd think he got everything he wanted. Well, he didn't get everything he wanted. The rules change at that point and his life gets even more complicated and dire. For me, that's the interesting part of the story. It's got some great action sequences in it and some incredible stuff that we've never seen before. But at the heart of it, it's a story about this kid who all he wants to do is fit in. This thing happens and he still doesn't fit in. And he has to prove himself a hero—essentially go AWOL to save a friend. Eventually at the very end, I don't want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it's the journey of getting him there that's interesting. And it's a lot of fun."

Sounds like he’s got a pretty good handle on the type of film he should be making, as this is one origin story that could actually be worth telling. Sure, “superheroes without powers” isn’t exactly a “new” concept per se, as we’ve already seen how Batman began, and this year we’ll also have the equally powerless KICK-ASS in theaters, but at least Johnston has his head on straight for the direction of the film.

A small footnote of the interview is Johnston briefly touching on the rumored JURASSIC PARK 4, which he maintains IS happening, despite previous uncertainties.

"Well, there is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it's going to be unlike anything you've seen…It breaks away from the first three—it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way. That's pretty much all I can tell you."

Another whole trilogy? Man, I can’t even comprehend that at the moment. It’s going to be a bit sad to see the animatronic robots all go the way of CGI though.

Extra Tidbit: I still maintain the release date for CAPTAIN will be knocked back at LEAST four months at this rate.

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11:57PM on 01/15/2010
Yea Jurassic Park 4! Captain America's "origin story" ......"sigh" sorry I hate the origin thing-guess coz I've read about it all in the comics since the early 1970's..I kno it's kinda of a must do to launch a superhero film series ..but....zzzzz
Yea Jurassic Park 4! Captain America's "origin story" ......"sigh" sorry I hate the origin thing-guess coz I've read about it all in the comics since the early 1970's..I kno it's kinda of a must do to launch a superhero film series ..but....zzzzz
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7:27AM on 01/15/2010

cap america trying to fit in?

so, he's a shy-guy? lack of social skills?

jensen ackles would be fine in this role, tho'

and i thought jurasic 3 was utter shit!
so im not looking forward to another.
so, he's a shy-guy? lack of social skills?

jensen ackles would be fine in this role, tho'

and i thought jurasic 3 was utter shit!
so im not looking forward to another.
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3:18AM on 01/15/2010
Ok, I like this guy. Maybe he just knows exactly what to say to make you feel like this story can't fail, but I'm excited. Although, I dont really want to see a second Jurassic Park trilogy. I just like my animatronic-raptors and my Dr. Grants please....
Ok, I like this guy. Maybe he just knows exactly what to say to make you feel like this story can't fail, but I'm excited. Although, I dont really want to see a second Jurassic Park trilogy. I just like my animatronic-raptors and my Dr. Grants please....
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2:28AM on 01/15/2010
I don't know much about Capn America to say whether this sounds good or not, and a new Jurassic park could be cool if the original cast comes back.
I don't know much about Capn America to say whether this sounds good or not, and a new Jurassic park could be cool if the original cast comes back.
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1:33AM on 01/15/2010
Captain America had powers he was stronger and faster then normal people, he was a super solder. So Iím not sure were he is getting he had no powers from.
Captain America had powers he was stronger and faster then normal people, he was a super solder. So Iím not sure were he is getting he had no powers from.
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4:14PM on 01/16/2010
Steve Rogers was chemically enhanced to peak human condition. Technically, in the comic, a human could become Captain America with enough exercise and the right diet, as opposed to Spiderman who is stronger and faster than a human his size could possibly be.
Steve Rogers was chemically enhanced to peak human condition. Technically, in the comic, a human could become Captain America with enough exercise and the right diet, as opposed to Spiderman who is stronger and faster than a human his size could possibly be.
1:07AM on 01/15/2010
but i would pay to see it
but i would pay to see it
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1:06AM on 01/15/2010
what he doesn't want to reveal is that captain america is the new title of jurassic park 4 where steve rogers battles velociraptors in nazi occupied germany.
what he doesn't want to reveal is that captain america is the new title of jurassic park 4 where steve rogers battles velociraptors in nazi occupied germany.
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12:57AM on 01/15/2010
Sounds cool. Joe Johnston is a fairly good director and his style perfectly suits the material but casting is going to be important here. Also the suit is going to be a deal breaker...Jurassic Park 4 on the other hand is a bad idea. What could they possibly do that they haven't done before? Dinosaurs on the Moon? No wait, they've evolved, can speak and have been integrated into society. We follow a young Brachiosaur as he leaves college and moves into the working world. Also he sparkles and has
Sounds cool. Joe Johnston is a fairly good director and his style perfectly suits the material but casting is going to be important here. Also the suit is going to be a deal breaker...Jurassic Park 4 on the other hand is a bad idea. What could they possibly do that they haven't done before? Dinosaurs on the Moon? No wait, they've evolved, can speak and have been integrated into society. We follow a young Brachiosaur as he leaves college and moves into the working world. Also he sparkles and has a lisp. No no no, I know...they can shoot laser beams from their eyes!!!
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12:01AM on 01/15/2010

Regarding Jensen Ackles

The guy can act. The man is the heart and soul of the great show, and makes all of his co-stars look like amateurs. Alot of people don't like it and I understand, but in my book it's one of the better scifi series since the x-files. I myself am barely hoping for Jeremy Renner over him. I guarantee if either get's the role, they will deliver. Long live the captain.
The guy can act. The man is the heart and soul of the great show, and makes all of his co-stars look like amateurs. Alot of people don't like it and I understand, but in my book it's one of the better scifi series since the x-files. I myself am barely hoping for Jeremy Renner over him. I guarantee if either get's the role, they will deliver. Long live the captain.
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11:33PM on 01/14/2010

JP IV

JP4 better have Jar Jar. It's a rule when you start a new trilogy now. Scariest frakking dinosaur I ever saw.
JP4 better have Jar Jar. It's a rule when you start a new trilogy now. Scariest frakking dinosaur I ever saw.
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9:53PM on 01/14/2010
Johnston talks about JP4 like Tom Arnold talks about True Lies 2. There won't be another JP movie - ever. Johnston's talking out of his ass, and he knows it. And anyway, I don't want another JP movie. That'd be like pissing on Crichton's grave. Sure, there's plenty of reasons to hate the guy, but JP is one reason to love him. Sphere is another. And so is Next.
Johnston talks about JP4 like Tom Arnold talks about True Lies 2. There won't be another JP movie - ever. Johnston's talking out of his ass, and he knows it. And anyway, I don't want another JP movie. That'd be like pissing on Crichton's grave. Sure, there's plenty of reasons to hate the guy, but JP is one reason to love him. Sphere is another. And so is Next.
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9:11PM on 01/14/2010
I'm afraid a whole new Jurassic Park trilogy will just tarnish the JP name. I'd like to see 1 more kick-ass JP movie, but if you are completely creating a new trilogy than don't use the Jurassic Park name, call it something else. This sounds like Terminator 4 all over again, and we know how that turned out. On a side note, I'm listening to the John Williams Jurassic Park score right now, and it still remains one of the greatest movie scores of all time.
I'm afraid a whole new Jurassic Park trilogy will just tarnish the JP name. I'd like to see 1 more kick-ass JP movie, but if you are completely creating a new trilogy than don't use the Jurassic Park name, call it something else. This sounds like Terminator 4 all over again, and we know how that turned out. On a side note, I'm listening to the John Williams Jurassic Park score right now, and it still remains one of the greatest movie scores of all time.
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10:28PM on 01/14/2010
It does seem like a franchise that can't really add much more. JP is my favorite movie and I would love to see more but I don't think a whole trilogy would work well. Just one more.
It does seem like a franchise that can't really add much more. JP is my favorite movie and I would love to see more but I don't think a whole trilogy would work well. Just one more.
7:15PM on 01/14/2010

all i gotta say

this is the same guy who made the rocketeer so i think he is a good fit
this is the same guy who made the rocketeer so i think he is a good fit
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7:23AM on 01/15/2010
hmm ... i thought rocketeer sucked
hmm ... i thought rocketeer sucked
6:59PM on 01/14/2010

Honestly...

God help us if Ackles gets the role of Cap.
God help us if Ackles gets the role of Cap.
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6:25PM on 01/14/2010
I was excited while reading the blurb about CA, but we're honestly getting an entire JP trilogy? I really hate seeing one of my favorite movies growing up being endlessly tortured.
I was excited while reading the blurb about CA, but we're honestly getting an entire JP trilogy? I really hate seeing one of my favorite movies growing up being endlessly tortured.
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6:06PM on 01/14/2010

Anybody else thinking he's just talking out his ass?

I mean that whole interview seemed to be total bullshit. "Oh right Jurassic Park 4, that movie I said wouldn't happen since the original author died, yeah it's going to be AWESOME!" Now that the author can't protest my changes.
I mean that whole interview seemed to be total bullshit. "Oh right Jurassic Park 4, that movie I said wouldn't happen since the original author died, yeah it's going to be AWESOME!" Now that the author can't protest my changes.
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1:07AM on 01/15/2010
he made jurassic park 3. yes, he is talking out of his ass.
he made jurassic park 3. yes, he is talking out of his ass.
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6:03PM on 01/14/2010

will everyone please shut up about...

Jensen Ackles being the Captain!! HE CANT FUCKING ACT! I WILL NOT ALLOW A HALF-ASS ACTOR TO PLAY SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE. HE SUCKED BALLS IN MY BLOODY VALENTINE...STOP GOING OFF LOOKS ALONE, JUST CUZ SOMEONE LOOKS A PART, DOESNT MEAN THEY SHOULD HAVE IT
Jensen Ackles being the Captain!! HE CANT FUCKING ACT! I WILL NOT ALLOW A HALF-ASS ACTOR TO PLAY SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE. HE SUCKED BALLS IN MY BLOODY VALENTINE...STOP GOING OFF LOOKS ALONE, JUST CUZ SOMEONE LOOKS A PART, DOESNT MEAN THEY SHOULD HAVE IT
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6:45PM on 01/14/2010
Can't act? Watch Supernatural. He's got an amazing range of emotions, his comic timing is simply perfect AND he has the looks.

Heath Ledger SUCKED ASS in "10 Things I hate About You" and "A Knights Tale". Guess what? Don't mean he's a bad actor or not right for the role. And uh, yeah, My Bloody Valentine is COMPLETELY fucking different than Captain America.
Can't act? Watch Supernatural. He's got an amazing range of emotions, his comic timing is simply perfect AND he has the looks.

Heath Ledger SUCKED ASS in "10 Things I hate About You" and "A Knights Tale". Guess what? Don't mean he's a bad actor or not right for the role. And uh, yeah, My Bloody Valentine is COMPLETELY fucking different than Captain America.
6:46PM on 01/14/2010
I mean in regards to Heath Playing Joker...
I mean in regards to Heath Playing Joker...
6:58PM on 01/14/2010
shawn-o, I agree, Ackles is a waste of space.

And Heath Ledger may have sucked in those 2 movies, but he was excellent in a number of other projects. Ackles just plain sucks in everything. And he certainly doesnt look like Cap nor does a fine tuned comic timing have anything to do with the character.
shawn-o, I agree, Ackles is a waste of space.

And Heath Ledger may have sucked in those 2 movies, but he was excellent in a number of other projects. Ackles just plain sucks in everything. And he certainly doesnt look like Cap nor does a fine tuned comic timing have anything to do with the character.
5:56PM on 01/16/2010
Jensen hasn't HAD any big movie roles yet. Ledger got his big break in The Patriot and proved he could act with that role. Jensen hasn't HAD that opportunity yet. So instead of saying shit like "he's a waste of space" why not give him a chance. If THEN he doesn't come through then fine. But until he's given a chance, it's not fair to judge him.

And still cannot BELIEVE anyone who watches him every Thursday on Supernatural would say he can't act. Which is why I believe neither one of you have
Jensen hasn't HAD any big movie roles yet. Ledger got his big break in The Patriot and proved he could act with that role. Jensen hasn't HAD that opportunity yet. So instead of saying shit like "he's a waste of space" why not give him a chance. If THEN he doesn't come through then fine. But until he's given a chance, it's not fair to judge him.

And still cannot BELIEVE anyone who watches him every Thursday on Supernatural would say he can't act. Which is why I believe neither one of you have seen him on that show. If you did, you'd understand why we want him.

Also, he DOES look like cap. Don't know what you're saying when you say he doesn't. He needs to bulk up, of course, but what actor doesn't in a superhero role?
5:59PM on 01/14/2010
I have a hard time believing he could bring us something great instead of something fun. JPIII was fun for a couple moments but when you step back and judge it as a film it was blatantly terrible.
I have a hard time believing he could bring us something great instead of something fun. JPIII was fun for a couple moments but when you step back and judge it as a film it was blatantly terrible.
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4:55PM on 01/14/2010
I read the original Jurassic Park and The Lost world by Michael Crichton long ago, but did he ever go back to it or did hollywood just make something up for the 3rd.. and now 4th?

If not, then it really shows why the 3rd was so awful (don't like to critique movies I haven't seen all the way through.. but it was just too bad to watch apparently).. and why a 4th WILL be awful.
I read the original Jurassic Park and The Lost world by Michael Crichton long ago, but did he ever go back to it or did hollywood just make something up for the 3rd.. and now 4th?

If not, then it really shows why the 3rd was so awful (don't like to critique movies I haven't seen all the way through.. but it was just too bad to watch apparently).. and why a 4th WILL be awful.
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4:15PM on 01/14/2010
I think delaying this movie a few months might not necessarily be a bad thing. The 2 highest grossing movies of all time (Top 3 actually with return of the king)have all been released at xmas time. The main reason is lack of competition. Avatar has had nothing to compete with over this period except sherlock holmes. And I'm not taking anything away from it as the movie is amazing but that kind of dominance just wont happen during the summer because there are new movies coming out every week.
I think delaying this movie a few months might not necessarily be a bad thing. The 2 highest grossing movies of all time (Top 3 actually with return of the king)have all been released at xmas time. The main reason is lack of competition. Avatar has had nothing to compete with over this period except sherlock holmes. And I'm not taking anything away from it as the movie is amazing but that kind of dominance just wont happen during the summer because there are new movies coming out every week.
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3:29PM on 01/14/2010
Please make this (Captain America) Movie Awesome. Thank you.
Please make this (Captain America) Movie Awesome. Thank you.
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1:57PM on 01/14/2010
A little sad we wont be seeing any of the original JP cast back in action but other than that both these stories are great.
A little sad we wont be seeing any of the original JP cast back in action but other than that both these stories are great.
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1:03PM on 01/14/2010

What needs to happen is..

Jensen Ackles for Captain America and Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum(sp?) need to come back TOGETHER for Jurassic Park 4. That would be a dream come true. And release the dinosaurs into [link] New Jersey.
Jensen Ackles for Captain America and Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum(sp?) need to come back TOGETHER for Jurassic Park 4. That would be a dream come true. And release the dinosaurs into [link] New Jersey.
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1:02PM on 01/14/2010
I really want to see a new JP. The third one wasn't good story wise but it was still entertaining. Dino's in civilization seems like an obvious route and going back to the island is getting tiring. I just hope they don't go with the dino's with guns rumor that was floating around awhile ago.
I really want to see a new JP. The third one wasn't good story wise but it was still entertaining. Dino's in civilization seems like an obvious route and going back to the island is getting tiring. I just hope they don't go with the dino's with guns rumor that was floating around awhile ago.
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12:56PM on 01/14/2010
Sounds like Cap could turn out damn good. And another Jurassic Park trilogy? I think I just orgasmed in my pants. The original is one of those movies that I grew up loving, and a whole new trilogy would just be SWEET for me.
Sounds like Cap could turn out damn good. And another Jurassic Park trilogy? I think I just orgasmed in my pants. The original is one of those movies that I grew up loving, and a whole new trilogy would just be SWEET for me.
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12:52PM on 01/14/2010
I think a November release around veteran's day would be a better fit for this project. Leave the summer to Thor and Green Lantern. And i'm all for JP4 as long as Sam Neil comes back.
I think a November release around veteran's day would be a better fit for this project. Leave the summer to Thor and Green Lantern. And i'm all for JP4 as long as Sam Neil comes back.
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10:30PM on 01/14/2010
Neil and Goldblum, they both need work.
Neil and Goldblum, they both need work.
12:51PM on 01/14/2010
"Eventually at the very end, I don't want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it's the journey of getting him there that's interesting. And it's a lot of fun."

aka avengers
"Eventually at the very end, I don't want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it's the journey of getting him there that's interesting. And it's a lot of fun."

aka avengers
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12:37PM on 01/14/2010

All good news

Without a doubt Captain America will be pushed back. It'll be interesting to see if Johnson sticks to what he says and creates a superhero movie that's more about the hero himself and less about pretty effects and battle sequences. As for JP4, I was burned by the 3rd so I'm cautious now. It'd be nice to see something outside of an "island" or "park" setting... maybe something where the dinos escape into civilization?
Without a doubt Captain America will be pushed back. It'll be interesting to see if Johnson sticks to what he says and creates a superhero movie that's more about the hero himself and less about pretty effects and battle sequences. As for JP4, I was burned by the 3rd so I'm cautious now. It'd be nice to see something outside of an "island" or "park" setting... maybe something where the dinos escape into civilization?
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12:35PM on 01/14/2010
It better be set in WWII
It better be set in WWII
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12:51PM on 01/14/2010
Are you refering to JP4?
Are you refering to JP4?
12:35PM on 01/14/2010

All I gotta say is...

Jensen Ackles for Captain America.
Jensen Ackles for Captain America.
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6:47PM on 01/14/2010
All the way. Most definitely.
All the way. Most definitely.
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