F. Gary Gray
No Will Smith; no (major) problem.
With Will Smith completely uninterested in returning to the 22-year-old Men in Black franchise (once upon a time, Smith made it look good) and otherwise busy with other commercial pursuits (playing a blue-skinned, top-knotted, magical genie in the recent live-action Aladdin adaptation), Tommy Lee Jones all-but-retired from performing, Sony Pictures unsurprisingly turned to one of the MCU’s MVPs, Chris Hemsworth, and Hemsworth’s Thor: Ragnarok co-star, Tessa Thompson, to restart and/or soft reboot a series that last saw the darkened interior of an air-conditioned movie theater seven years ago (given the rapidity in which pop-culture favorites turn into yesterday’s disposable detritus, zero guarantee moviegoers will respond with more than just passing nostalgia). It was still a gamble. Hemsworth has yet to carry a film outside the MCU. Thompson has yet to topline a major studio film. On individual charisma and collective chemistry alone, Hemsworth and Thompson prove themselves more than worthy of headlining a big-budget, spectacle-driven franchise entry of their own, the F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, The Negotiator, Friday) directed Men in Black: International. (more…)
Jeff Sneider revealed during his Meet the Movie Press podcast, one potential Boba Fett director who has made a few visits down to “San Fransisco” **coughcoughLucasFilmscoughcough**, a contender to play Boba Fett, and their thoughts on the upcoming Star Wars film hype. Listen to Sneider’s comments in the video below.
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?
So wait…the first one didn’t get critically acclaimed (which doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t have an audience), but they’re still gonna make another? That’s Hollywood for ya. So it’s no surprise that G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is getting a sequel. Recently, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner commented on the sequel project saying,
“It’s in the works! We have a really good script and we’re right now talking to a number of directors,”
When asked if the director search officially puts original helmer Stephen Sommers out of the running, Goldner replied:
“I don’t know if I can comment. I don’t know if the studio has commented yet. But we’re certainly talking to some people.”
So since Rise of Cobra director, Stephen Sommers has been given the boot who would possibly direct the sequel?? Well a few names that have been thrown around in the rumor mill are, F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) and John M. Chu, the man, the myth, the legend who brought us, Never Say Never, the Justin Bieber biopic for Paramount.
For those of you out there wondering “should I catch on the back story to get ready for the sequel?” Fear not! Goldner also alluded to this film being it’s own entity commenting,
“In many ways, it’ll be great for the people who saw the first one, but you don’t need to have studied every element of the first one to enjoy the second. We’ve made sure that that’s the case.”
However, before worrying about if the sequel will be any good shouldn’t the main concern be knowing who will direct this beast? Afterall, knowing IS half the battle! I just hope they show it in 3D!
Source: ComicBookMovie, HollywoodNews
The GI Joe cartoon, was pretty damn ridiculous. Characters, gadgets, and set pieces were so far fetched and beyond the realm of believability, that the only reason we took them seriously is because we were 8 years old. With that said, I loved that damn cartoon, and I still do today. I did NOT however, like the flick G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It was even more absurd than it’s source material. It was loud and dumb. A complete throwaway experience. Of course, my opinion doesn’t matter. It was a financial hit and Hasbro is laughing their way to a sequel.
Back in January, we learned that Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) was not returning to ruin our childhood once again with the G.I. Joe sequel. This left Paramount looking for a new director for the film that is being written by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Latino Review is now reporting that the three possible candidates Paramount is considering are Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan), F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, Be Cool), and Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step 2 & 3D).
While Collet-Serra and Gray have the directorial credential to do a decent G.I. Joe film, I want to know how Chu got his name into the pot because I don’t think a G.I. Joe type of film may be in his repertoire, although Step Up 3D was praised for it’s use of 3D.
I’m not thrilled on a follow-up to the insult that was Rise of Cobra, but writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick do excite me. A director is the deciding factor on whether or not we get a proper Joe flick this time.
So, who do y’all think from the three listed should take the directorial helm for the G.I. Joe sequel? Or is there another director that you have in mind that could bring life to the franchise?