The highly-anticipated superheroes ensemble THE AVENGERS will be unleashed into theaters in just over a month. That aside, Marvel Studios has already shuffling their post-AVENGERS projects. Among them is CAPTAIN AMERICA 2. Original director Joe Johnston won't be back for the second round, and instead the studio has shortlisted three directors: George Nolfi (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU), F. Gary Gray (THE ITALIAN JOB) and Joe and Anthony Russo (TV's Community, YOU, ME AND DUPREE).
Of all the shortlisted directors, the oddest choice is the Russo brothers whose directing credits are mainly sitcoms and comedies. So to see them helming a big-budget action adventure like CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 is definitely an eye-popping surprise. However, an insider has revealed that the Russo brothers made a good first impression with Marvel Studios' president of production, Kevin Feige.
Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios' president of production] is a 'vibe guy.' He likes to see if he gets along with people before he'll decide about spending the next two years with them. And apparently, they hit it off with Kevin in the room.
Final decision for the director to helm CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 is likely to be made as early as mid-April, and shooting might be rolling at the end of this year. CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 is scheduled for a 2014 release.