Anthony and Joe Russo in Final Negotiations to Direct CAPTAIN AMERICA 2

     June 6, 2012


Hot on the heels of the news that Black Panther may very well be one of two unannounced Marvel films set for release in the near future, the studio looks to have finally made a decision regarding the director of the upcoming Captain America sequel.  Back in March, a shortlist of names popped up for potential Captain America 2 directors.  The list was void of any big “household” names, and included F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job),George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), and television directors Anthony and Joseph Russo. Gray subsequently took himself out of the running, but Variety now reports that the Brothers Russo have entered final negotiations to take the job.  Hit the jump for more.

anthony-joe-russo-captain-america-2-sequelNews of the director hire comes courtesy of Variety.  Anthony and Joe Russo have been enjoying success in the world of television as of late, as the two were executive producers on the comedies Community and Happy Endings.  The duo have helmed two features previously—You Me and Dupree and Welcome to Collinwood—and they recently lined up the hardened actioner Ciudad as a directing vehicle with Dwayne Johnson set to star.  With no experience in the big-budget action world, it’s a bit of a surprise that Marvel chose the Russos as their Captain America 2 director.  This isn’t exactly a small property to be cutting one’s teeth on.  That said, it’s important to remember that directors are chosen not only based on their resume, but also on their pitch to the studio.  It’s possible that the Russos have an exciting take on the second Cap film that landed them the job, and Marvel has more than a little pressure to up the ante with this next slate of films given the smashing success of The Avengers.

chris-evans-captain-america-2-sequelStory details for Captain America 2 are under wraps, but the first film’s screenwriters—Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely—were hired last summer to script a follow-up.  In an interview with Steve, they said that they hoped to include a few flashbacks to add at least a little period Cap to the story, but that was early days in the scripting process so who knows what the story looks like now.  Feige told Steve in April that they were still figuring out how much period material to include, but he commented on Cap’s present-day situation:

“The primary storyline [for Captain America 2] takes place post-Avengers, Steve figuring out his place in the world. Tony goes back to Malibu, Thor goes back to Asgard, but there are a number of people who stay in S.H.I.E.L.D. Steve, for the time being, is going to be one of them.”

The Captain America sequel already has a release date of April 4th, 2014, so the Russo brothers will most likely be hitting the ground running.  Production on Iron Man 3 began last week, filming on Thor 2 starts in London in a few weeks, and it’s assumed that Captain America 2 will be the third film to begin production as part of Marvel’s “Phase Two.”


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  • Lance

    Honestly, this sounds like the kind of boneheaded maneuver that led to the fiasco that was Green Lantern. Don’t blow it now, Marvel!

  • ScaredForMovies

    They can’t blow it like DC. Other than Batman and possibly the new Superman they have nothing. Just check the DC slate and look at all the jobs they’re throwing at the writers to Green Lantern. It’s funny how you can be an abysmal failure and still have prime work handed to you.

    • dobby

      Idiots attract I guess. I guess it doesn’t matter if you can write or not as long as you can manufacture “product”. Sadly That’s all they see this as – a consumer goods. Marvel is a million times more competent.

  • Josh Kaye

    Don’t forget that they both directed numerous episodes of Arrested Development as well.

  • J-rad

    If this was the first time Marvel selected an unconventional Director for one of there movies I may have some reservations. But do you recall that the last tv guy they brought in to do one of there movies made an amazing movie and it made a Billion dollars and counting. I think the pitch sells marvel more than resumes do.

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  • Henry Pym

    When I think of the Russo Brothers, I think comedy, not action. Marvel Studios, do not mess this up.

  • pewter tea set

    i am looking forward to captain america 2 more than any other marvel film. i hope these brothers know what theyre doing. having humour in a film never hurts, but it needs heart and AMAZING action too. i want to see cap throwing goons 30ft away again!

  • rocky

    Favreau for IM. Branagh for Thor…
    Marvel has been pretty good selecting the unconventional

  • Woody

    Don’t forget they directed “a fist full of paintballs” for Community.. beautifully shot.

  • Strong Enough

    they already messed it up the first time

    Cap movie was horrible :)

  • nNark

    Yeesh. I shuddered this kind of move… but it was gonna happen eventually, right? At some point, one of these comics movies will lose a ton of money and interest, and the sweet explosion (pun intended) we’re currently enjoying will be at an end, until the next cycle is started (hint: it’ll be a wait, if history is a reliable indicator). This sounds like the moment of turning. One might say, that shark looks like it’s gonna JUMP!

  • Herb White

    Modern day Cap should be great, especially if they stick to the Winter Soldier story line. Keep Cap at SHIELD with Fury and Black Widow and they discover there is an assassin working for the Russian government with ties to the past. Easy peasy.

    I want Winter Soldier, dammit.

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