CAPTAIN AMERICA FINDS A DIRECTOR
- Joe Johnston has signed on to direct Marvel Studios’ “The First Avenger: Captain America” based on characters developed by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. The film will be produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige. Executive Producers on the project are Louis D’Esposito, Stan Lee and Marvel Studios’ Chairman David Maisel. Paramount Pictures will distribute “The First Avenger: Captain America” worldwide. The film will come to theaters domestically on May 6, 2011.
- LOGLINE: In the early days of the Marvel Universe, Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
- Johnston is currently directing “The Wolf Man,” which comes to theaters early next year. He is developing “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud”. Johnston previously directed “October Sky,” “Jumanji,” “Jurassic Park III,” “The Rocketeer” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” Johnston won an Academy Award® in 1982 for Best Visual Effects for “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
- Marvel Studios most recently announced an agreement with Raleigh Studios to film each of its next four films at Raleigh’s facility in Manhattan Beach, CA which will include “The First Avenger: Captain America.”
- Johnston is repped by CAA and attorney Lawrence Rose.
My Two Cents:
This is something close to my heart. Captain America is my favorite character in the Marvel Universe and has been for a long time. The odd thing is that I’ve watched all of Johnston’s movies, except OCTOBER SKY, and loved them all(Not JURASSIC PARK 3 and THE ROCKETEER so much). All the stuff I’ve seen for WOLF MAN has me very excited because I always liked the WOLFMAN. So I’m super excited to see him tackle Steve Rogers in the 40’s and I’m really hoping I get to see some RED SKULL goodness.