Joe Johnston's 'Big Plans' for Captain America & Jurassic Park 4
With The Wolfman finally hitting theaters in just under a month, it means we're probably going to start hearing a lot from Joe Johnston about Captain America and other projects he's working on. Box Office Magazine recently talked with Johnston and got some big scoops out of him about both Captain America and, surprise surprise, Jurassic Park 4 (and it's good news this time). According to Johnston, there are some big plans for both of these projects, and both of them will be "unlike anything you've seen." As for Cap, well, here's what he says: "It's not going to be a Captain America that you expect. It's something different."
Before we go any further, let's hear what else he had to say about Captain America, because it was a lot!
"It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It's the origin story of Captain America. It's mostly period—there are modern, present-day bookends on it—but it's basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. The great thing about Captain America is he's a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can't fly, he can't see through walls, he can't do any of that stuff. He's an every man who's been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen—the pinnacle of human perfection. How does that affect him? What does that mean for him emotionally and psychologically?"
"He was this 98-pound weakling, he was this wimp, and he's transformed instantly into this Adonis. You'd think he got everything he wanted. Well, he didn't get everything he wanted. The rules change at that point and his life gets even more complicated and dire. For me, that's the interesting part of the story. It's got some great action sequences in it and some incredible stuff that we've never seen before. But at the heart of it, it's a story about this kid who all he wants to do is fit in. This thing happens and he still doesn't fit in. And he has to prove himself a hero—essentially go AWOL to save a friend. Eventually at the very end, I don't want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it's the journey of getting him there that's interesting. And it's a lot of fun."
Okay, this guy gets it. It looks like Kevin Feige definitely knew what he was doing when he originally hired Joe Johnston to direct Captain America back in 2008. But since we don't even know who's playing who in that movie, let's move on to the other project he talks about - Jurassic Park 4. The last time we wrote anything about the sequel was when Johnston said we still might one day see it, but six months before that, producer Frank Marshall said it was a "long shot." Johnston is still claiming it's going to happen: "Well, there is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it's going to be unlike anything you've seen." He continues:
"It breaks away from the first three—it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way. That's pretty much all I can tell you."
Another trilogy? That's the same thing we heard Johnston say last November, he really believes we'll see that trilogy actually come to fruition. "If you think of the first three as a trilogy, number four would be the beginning of a second trilogy," he confirms. He also tries to explain why they're potentially taking so long to start up this sequel. "We just want to make them justified in their own right. We don't want to make sequel after sequel just because there's a market for it. We want to tell different, interesting stories." I hope that is indeed the case, but I think without Michael Crichton, it's time to give up on this franchise. Do you agree?