Louis Leterrier on "Short List" to Direct The Avengers
03.24.10 by Ryan
Director Louis Leterrier has made no secret that he would like to direct Marvel's upcoming The Avengers, and he may be one step closer to his goal. Leterrier told AICN that he is on Marvel's short list of directors for the high-profile project, which would bring together the characters from Iron Man, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America, and Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk.
I am on the shortlist, but I'm at the bottom of the shortlist, I'm sure. (Laughs) I don't know who the other guys are, but I have a great relationship with [Marvel], and I've been very vocal to them and everyone else that I am the one to direct it. I loved my time at Marvel. I loved those guys. They're fantastic. [Marvel president] Kevin [Feige] is such a passionate boss; he gets his hands dirty. It's a universe I want to keep exploring. I was frustrated with [The Incredible Hulk]. It was like, "That's it? Only one superhero? Can I do more???" We'll see. Time will tell.
In an interview with MTV, Leterrier described how he would approach The Avengers should he get the opportunity to direct it.
It all starts with the ensemble, the cast. It's all about the cast. It's all about the characters. You have to find the way to enter the movie through the cast. With Avengers, it would be a little different, because a lot of the cast would have been cast by different directors from other movies, but you can still bring everybody together. That's what we did that was great on Clash of the Titans. For the first three weeks, we brought everybody into a room and we workshopped the movie.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau already revealed that he won't direct The Avengers, though he will produce the movie. It's possible that Thor's Kenneth Branagh and Captain America's Joe Johnston will also be considered.