Captain America is about to get a different kind of director for its sequel. Two of them, in fact. EW has confirmed that Joe and Anthony Russo are in final negotiations to direct Marvel Studio’s Captain America 2, starring Chris Evans. (The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.)
The Russo brothers have been spending their time in the TV world, serving as executive producers/directors of such comedies as Community and Happy Endings, as well as NBC’s upcoming Animal Practice. (They also helmed episodes of Arrested Development.)Marvel has a history of hiring surprising and unconventional talents to direct their films, like Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh for Thor. The storyline for the Captain America sequel remains under wraps, but if the film is set in the present day, then the Russo brothers’ up-tempo, off-beat style could work well with telling the story of the somewhat square Cap trapped in the irreverent, ironic 21st century.
As for the big screen, the duo last helmed the 2006 romantic comedy You, Me and Dupree, as well as the 2002 caper comedy Welcome to Collinwood. The first Captain America was directed by Joe Johnston.