According to the film industry “Bible” Variety, Community executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo are in final negotiations to direct the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.
The choice is, shall we say, unconventional. The Russos have directed episodes of Community, Happy Endings and Arrested Development, and they’re last big screen credit is the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree. What in any of this says, “ready for an epic superhero sequel,” I’m not sure, but The Russos beat filmmakers George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) for the gig.
If The Russos do indeed sign-up (it’s not for certain, and remember that there were at least three people in final negotiations to direct Thor 2 before Alan Taylor signed on the dotted line), they will direct Chris Evans, whose returning as the Star-Spangled Avenger from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also return as screenwriters from the first Captain America.
Marvel had no comment on the matter, which might mean there’s still a chance that The Russos might not be the ones to bring Cap back on his next solo adventure. But I guess we’ll see…
What do you Bastards think about the choice of The Russos for Captain America 2?
While The Avengers won’t release for another five weeks (Yeah, I know only five weeks away, woot!) that hasn’t slowed production on sequels for the Iron Man, Captain America and Thor franchises. Today we learned who’s on the shortlist for directing Captain America 2 and a few of the names might surprise you. In the running are, “George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job), and Anthony and Joseph Russo, who made Welcome to Collinwood, and are perhaps better known for working as producer/directors on Community.” I think I know who I’d be interested in seeing direct Cap 2, and they hail from a little college called Greendale.
I enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau and Nolfi deftly handled the chase and actions scenes in the script, even if it’s one of those movies that’s hard to enjoy through multiple viewings. F. Gary Gray has been behind quite a few good but not necessarily memorable action flicks,and he’s known for making a, “commercially viable product on schedule and at or under budget,” which might the qualities you look for in a sequel director. But in the end, I think the Russo brothers would be the most daring choice and the one that would deliver the best payback in the end. We want a sequel to not only be better, but different. Think about Iron Man 2, it was a lot of the same and that “sameness” didn’t shine as brightly the second time around.
It’s good news for me then that the Russo brothers, according to Vulture, did very well in their meeting with producer, Kevin Feige. A good impression could mean a lot more than what’s on their resume. But what it really comes down to when picking a director is what kind of story will Captain America 2 be telling? Will it post-Avengers? Will it have moments in WWII? Could the whole movie be set in the past and take place somewhere within the first Captain America? Who knows!?! With the script still getting worked on by Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely it’s up in the air as to what direction a sequel will explore.
So, ya bastards, what do you want from Captain America 2? Where do you think Cap should go or who should he face? Then, who’s the director for the job?