Captain America 2 Directors Being Considered
While I thought Joe Johnston did a fine job directing the first Captain America, it looks like Marvel might be considering their options before jumping into production on the sequel. Reports indicate that George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and Anthony and Joseph Russo (directors on Community) have been shortlisted for the job.
The writers have indicated that some of the film will once again take place in the 40s, making Nolfi's aesthetic seem plausible. I'd just love to see what the Russos would be able to bring to the table however, and according to Vulture, they recently had a meeting with Kevin Feige that went quite well.
Captain America 2 Set for 2014
Disney also recently announced that the film has been set for a April 4, 2014 release date.
The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger on April 4, 2014. The second installment will pick-up where the highly anticipated Marvel’s The Avengers (May 4, 2012) leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.
This leaves the current Marvel schedule at this:
Ben Kingsley to Play Iron Man 3 Villain
Say what you will about the series so far, but the Iron Man films go the extra mile in finding talent to play their bad guys, with Jeff Bridges in the first film, and Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke in the sequel. With that streak in mind, Variety has now learned that now Sir Ben Kingsley is in final talks to join the series in Iron Man 3.
There's no confirmation on who Kingsley might play, but we have learned that Iron Man 3 will be loosely based on Warren Ellis's Extremis, an Iron Man story arc that revolved around nanotechnology.
Iron Man 3 is currently set for a May 3rd, 2013 release.
Animated Marvel Feature on the Way?
To preface, this is a whole lot of rumorings, speculation, and inferences, but it's really interesting. Apparently there are some rumorings that John Lasseter and his team at Disney Animation are planning a top secret Marvel project.
There have been some longstanding rumblings that the Doctor Strange adaptation might be animated, and also some stranger ideas that Edgar Wright was collaborating with Pixar in some capacity on his Ant-Man movie. Wright called the reports "premature," stating,
The news that Pixar is involved is not wholly accurate and a little premature to comment on. I love Pixar’s work more than anyone and indeed would love to collaborate with them.
Lasseter also debunked the rumors with,
No, not at Pixar. We have The Incredibles, so we’ve done superheroes here ourselves and so we have that kind of history with Brad Bird doing The Incredibles.
However, Lasseter is also head on the Disney Animation department, which works separately from Pixar. Kevin Feige made it obvious that the possibility had been discussed when he spoke with SlashFilm on the set of The Avengers.
Well, I think the notion of an animated movie based off of a Marvel property is a no-brainer and it’s something that we’ve been talking about. You know, Lasseter is now both Pixar and Walt Disney animation. So, you know, I don’t where, whatever project would fall where necessarily. And frankly, Pixar is all about original properties and original ideas, but an animated version of one of our characters, one of our 8,000-plus characters would seem to be something that could happen at some point.
And here's where it gets interesting. Disney artist, writer, director and all-around badass Don Hall is working on something very secret. The generally in-the-know Disney blog Blue Sky Disney was the first to report on the project in July.
That project, once announced will generate a lot of buzz in certain geek communities, as it’s going to surprise a lot of people for what it is and what it’s not. But it’s in the very early embryonic stage and it depends on how well the project is received upon the presentation that is being prepared for John [Lasster] and Ed [Catmull].
Last week Blue Sky gave a small but telling update...
The projects competing for 2014/2015 are the uber-secret film from Don Hall, which will be a marvelously unexpected project if it ever gets the green light, and Nathan Greno and Byron Howard’s films which are deep in development.
That's some interesting word choice, and I highly doubt it's coincidence. Again, all speculation at this point, but what a crazy, marvelous idea it is.
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