Now that The Avengers has finished production and is wrapping up last-minute post production and promotions, Marvel Entertainment is now looking forward to future projects. Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 are on the road to their pre-production and production phases (Iron Man 3 will start filming in May). Even before the success of Captain America Marvel Entertainment announced the screenwriters for Captain America 2, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The writers have spent over nearly a year perfecting the script and now the studio is looking for a director.
Today, Marvel Entertainment released a short list of candidates there’re eying for the job. What was a list of 10 directors has now been narrowed down to 3 — one is a set of brothers. Unfortunately, Joe Johnston, director of the first installment, is not on that list, but that shouldn’t be a surprise seeing that Marvel tends to hire new directors for each film. This approach keeps the films fresh and unpredictable.
Short List for ‘Captain America 2′
- F. Gary Gray: This talented guy started out as a music video director, winning Best Video of the Year at the 1995 MTV Music Video Awards for his direction on TLC’s “Waterfalls” video. Fast forward 17 years and you’ll find that he’s directed the comedy hit, Friday and several action films (The Italian Job and Law Abiding Citizen).
- George Nolfi: Known better for his screenwriting credits, Nolfi has penned several high adrenalin films, including The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Sentinel and Ocean’s Twelve. However, in 2011, he directed his first film, The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
- Anthony and Joseph Russo: This brother duo, which may appear to be the unlikely choice, have more experience in comedy than action, but their writing won over thousands of fans. Known best for their work on The Community, they also penned You, Me and Dupree back in 2006.
Both Markus and McFeely revealed that Captain America 2 will take place in the present, replacing the classic 40′s feel that Johnston’s Captain America set up so nicely. In the film, we’ll get to see Steve Rogers (Chis Evans) struggle to get acclimated to the new world, which won’t be so black and white.
As far as direction goes, I can see the job going to either Gray or Nolfi. I’ve enjoyed their previous work, but with Gray being primarily a director, this could go to him, but you never know. Marvel’s been known to pull some head scratchers in the past… Joss Whedon as the director for The Avengers… yeah people weren’t too happy about that one, but as the promotion team continues to release more footage, people have seemed to calm down. Stay tuned, for more information.