George Nolfi, F. Gary Gray & More Shortlisted for 'Captain America 2'
With the big screen debut of The Avengers just over a month away (aside from a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month), it's already time to start thinking about superhero sequels afterwards. While a sequel to the superhero ensemble is likely a couple years away, the summer of 2013 will bring us more action from Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. Now another Avengers team member is getting his sequel lined up in Captain America 2 as Vulture has a director shortlist including George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) and "Community" duo Anthony and Joseph Russo. Wait, what?
That's right, the Emmy winning brothers behind episodes of "Community" along with "Arrested Development" and "Happy Endings" are being considered to direct the Captain America sequel. Apparently in meeting with Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President of Production, they just jived really well together in the room. The brothers have directed a film, before, but You, Me and Dupree and Welcome to Colinwood hardly qualify them for a comic book sequel. Believe me, I'm not saying they couldn't do it, and I think they're the most interesting choice on the shortlist, but it's definitely a risk.
Meanwhile, Nolfi has only helmed The Adjustment Bureau which had limited action while F. Gary Gray is on the opposite end of the spectrum with films like The Negotiator and The Italian Job in his past. Those both still seem like safe choices, and as of right now, Anthony and Joseph Russo seem like a fun bet. After all, they put Thor in the hands of Kenneth Branagh who had never directed a film like that, and at one time thought Patti Jenkins, the director of Monster, was a right fit for a sequel. Marvel seems to make some strange directing choices, but they mostly seem to work out in the end. Stay tuned to see who gets the gig.