The Russo Brothers, Anthony and Joe, are in the final negotiations to direct the sequel to “Captain America.” This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter and confirmed by Drew McWeeny at HitFix. Directors George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job”) were also considered by Marvel.
The Russo Brothers are perhaps best known for serving as executive producers and directors on Community, the inventive, low-rated comedy that has inspired a cult following and shed light on some terrific Twitter accounts. The siblings also directed “You, Me, & Dupree,” which is sure to be mentioned by every fanboy massively displeased with this decision. (Bombs happen. Spielberg directed “1941” and his career turned out OK.)
As THR points out, Marvel has done well in hiring directors not associated with action flicks: Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, and Kenneth Branagh. Let’s be blunt: the first “Captain America” was lousy. Joe Johnston displayed zero style or creative oomph, so hiring folks from a show all about unbridled creativity is a pretty keen hire.
I only hope Inspector Spacetime makes an appearance.