Thursday, January 14, 2010

Joe Johnston updates on CAPTAIN AMERICA and JURASSIC PARK IV


"Boxoffice Magazine has posted some new comments from The Wolfman director Joe Johnston about his next film, The First Avenger: Captain America, and the possibility of a Jurassic Park IV.

About Marvel Studios' Captain America, he stated the following:

'It's not going to be a Captain America that you expect. It's something different. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It's the origin story of Captain America. It's mostly period—there are modern, present-day bookends on it—but it's basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. The great thing about Captain America is he's a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can't fly, he can't see through walls, he can't do any of that stuff. He's an every man who's been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen—the pinnacle of human perfection. How does that affect him? What does that mean for him emotionally and psychologically? He was this 98-pound weakling, he was this wimp, and he's transformed instantly into this Adonis. You'd think he got everything he wanted. Well, he didn't get everything he wanted. The rules change at that point and his life gets even more complicated and dire. For me, that's the interesting part of the story. It's got some great action sequences in it and some incredible stuff that we've never seen before. But at the heart of it, it's a story about this kid who all he wants to do is fit in. This thing happens and he still doesn't fit in. And he has to prove himself a hero—essentially go AWOL to save a friend... '

He said the following about Jurassic Park IV:

'Well, there is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it's going to be unlike anything you've seen. It breaks away from the first three—it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way. That's pretty much all I can tell you.'"

Okay. First quote, looks okay but I don't like the way he words, "It's not going to be a Captain America that you expect. It's something different. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction." I smell Will Smith rumors. (not that I don't like Will Smith; I just don't want him playing Captain America.) I'm an old-school kind of guy. I didn't mind that they used the black Nick Fury in Iron Man and the upcoming Iron Man 2. He was the more popular version of the character (more than likely thanks to David Hasselhoff's TV movie).

However, you gotta have faith in the guy. His last comic book movie, Disney's The Rocketeer didn't do well in theaters (thanks to the admittedly better movie, Terminator 2: Judgement Day being released the same weekend). It was almost like the '40s pre-cursor to Iron Man (as stupid as that sounds, and admittedly, Cliff Secord is nowhere near as cool as Tony Stark and NEVER will be). The only problem with that movie is that they didn't cast a movie star. They cast Bill Campbell. And, honestly who knows who Bill Campbell is? They know who Jennifer Connolly is, they know who Timothy Dalton is (who is apparently making a comeback in Toy Story 3. Go figure.) and they NOW know who Terry O'Quinn is (THANKS to Lost). Though I felt his Howard Hughes was lame, compared to Leonardo DiCaprio's superior performance in The Aviator.

Second quote, almost as bad. "'s going to be unlike anything you've seen." Now that can be used for good or for evil. Good: they take the revolutionary Jurassic Park special effects and kick it up to Avatar level. Bad: They get even worse than Jurassic Park III.

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