Captain America 2 Lands Its Director(s)
Posted 06.06.12 by Ryan
Marvel Studios started looking for a director for its upcoming sequel Captain America 2 (working title) back in April, narrowing the search to only a few candidates. However, instead of deciding on one director, Marvel has chosen two. THR reports that sibling directors Anthony and Joe Russo are now in final negotiations to direct the sequel to last year's Captain America: The First Avenger.
The hire continues Marvel's tradition of picking out-of-the-box directors for its comic book adaptations, with the Russos being known more for their comedy talents after directing 2006's You, Me and Dupree and the TV sitcoms Arrested Development and Community. Reportedly, all contenders had to study The Avengers in order to win the job, and apparently that means that the Russos are better students than George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau). F. Gary Gray (Italian Job) was also at one point considered for the job, until he dropped out to focus on a biopic of rap group NWA titled Straight Outta Compton.
With a release scheduled for 2014, Captain America 2 is set to more closely follow The Avengers. It will see Steve Rogers as he "continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world." First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus were hired to write the sequel last February and have said that the sequel will have "room to go back to World War II," likely in flashbacks. Considering this is the way the character was handled in The Avengers, it's safe to assume that the sequel will continue that trend.