Marvel has narrowed its list of candidates to helm the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger to just three, Vulture reports, and one of those contenders is definitely not like the others: F. Gary Gray, best known for The Negotiator and The Italian Job; George Nolfi, screenwriter turned director of The Adjustment Bureau; and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, who between them have directed more than 30 episodes of NBC’s Community.
Of course it wouldn’t be completely out of left field for Marvel to turn to the small screen for a director — after all, the studio hired Joss Whedon, whose only film credit was Serenity, for The Avengers, and television veteran Alan Taylor for the Thor sequel. Plus, the Russo brothers have some movie experience as co-directors of the comedies Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree.
An insider tells Vulture that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is a “vibe guy” who “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.”
The Russos, who won an Emmy Award for their work on the Arrested Development pilot, are also executive producers of Community and Happy Endings. They’re set to direct the Animal Kingdom pilot for Showtime.
Marvel is supposedly aiming to begin production on the Captain America sequel by the end of the year, with Chris Evans returning in the title role. The original grossed nearly $370 million worldwide.
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