Joe Johnston has been hired to direct Marvel's upcoming feature film 'First Avenger: Captain America', according to this morning's Hollywood Reporter.
Johnston came up from visual effects work on the original 'Star Wars' trilogy and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' to become a helmer on such films as 'Jumanji', 'The Rocketeer' and the upcoming feature 'The Wolfman'. It's a background that Marvel Chief Kevin Feige, who is producing the film, says makes him uniquely qualified for the job.
"This is a guy who designed the vehicles for 'Star Wars,' who storyboarded the convoy action sequence for 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' " Feige said to The Reporter. "From 'Rocketeer' to 'October Sky' to 'The Wolfman,' you can look at pieces of his movies and see how they lead to this one."
According to the report, the deal has been brewing for some two years now. The film currently lacks a screenplay and a screenwriter, but a hire there is expected soon.
Marvel provides this logline for the film: "In the early days of the Marvel Universe, Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America."
A modern-era Cap will emerge in the 'Avengers' movie.
Marvel has set an aggressive schedule for its upcoming slate of movies and 'Captain America' is set for a May 6, 2011 release. Keeping to that schedule is important as it all leads up to 'The Avengers' later that year.
Louis D'Esposito, Stan Lee and Marvel Studios' chairman David Maisel and executive producers on the film.
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