With director Joe Johnston out promoting The Wolfman (movie clips here) as the film gets released February 12, you can expect plenty of The First Avenger: Captain America updates over the next few weeks. The most recent one comes courtesy of filmjournal.com as he gave them an update as to where they are in the pre-production phase:
“We’re in prep,” Johnston says. “Rick Heinrichs is production-designing and we’re set up down in Manhattan Beach [California]. It’s the part of the process that I love the most,” he enthuses. “We have eight or ten really talented artists, and we all just sit around all day and draw pictures and say, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this?’ It’s that phase of the production where money doesn’t matter: ‘Let’s put all the greatest stuff up on the wall and [then later] see what we can afford.'” The film, he says at this early stage, will begin “in 1942, 1943″ during World War II. “The stuff in the ’60s and ’70s [comic books] we’re sort of avoiding. We’re going back to the ’40s, and then forward to what they’re doing with Captain America now.”
I’ll be speaking with Johnston next weekend, so expect another Captain America update very soon.