Louis Leterrier, the man responsible for making the on-screen incarnation of Marvel Comics’ big green brute cool again with The Incredible Hulk is still on the prowl for more work with Marvel Studios. His Hulk re-do debuted alongside Iron Man in the summer of 2008 to relatively strong fan and critical reception. While there were issues about what cut of the film made a theatrical release for star Ed Norton, the film was solid and accomplished what it needed to.
Since that time, Leterrier has made it abundantly clear that he wishes to do another Marvel film and he’s contracted for at least one more. While chances of The Incredible Hulk 2 going into production anytime soon are slim, we know The Avengers are coming and that Leterrier is definitely interested. Over the last year, the director has demonstrated that he’s thought about this quite a bit and as far back as last August he revealed his master plan for the future of Marvel and The Avengers. Now it appears that he’s actually in the running for the director’s gig of Marvel’s epic team-up project.
Ain’t It Cool News interviewed director Louis Leterrier for his upcoming release of Clash of the Titans (now in fake 3D for an increased price of admission) and the subject of The Avengers came up where he revealed something interesting – he’s on Marvel’s shortlist for the director’s gig.
“I am on the shortlist, but I’m at the bottom of the shortlist, I’m sure. (Laughs) I don’t know who the other guys are, but I have a great relationship with [Marvel], and I’ve been very vocal to them and everyone else that I am the one to direct it. I loved my time at Marvel. I loved those guys. They’re fantastic. Kevin is such a passionate boss; he gets his hands dirty. It’s a universe I want to keep exploring. I was frustrated with [THE INCREDIBLE HULK]. It was like, “That’s it? Only one superhero? Can I do more???” We’ll see. Time will tell.”
The first draft of the script for The Avengers was submitted by writer Zak Penn several weeks ago for review by the folks at Marvel Studios, so it’s not surprising that they’re trying to line up a director already considering that hot directors tend to have busy schedules for booked a few years a head of time (read: Bryan Singer may be forced out of X-Men: First Class).
Zak Penn also wrote the story and screenplay for The Incredible Hulk which Leterrier worked off of so his writing style and visual ideas won’t be foreign to him should he get the job helming the ambitious project.
As for who else could be on the short list, we don’t have any confirmed names yet but we can assume that the directors of the other Marvel flicks (Kenneth Branagh and Joe Johnston) could be under consideration except for Jon Favreau who confirmed he would be producing but not directing. We also know that Matthew Vaughn wants to direct The Avengers and he’s got the highly buzzed Kick-Ass coming out and was attached to direct Thor prior to Branagh and X-Men 3 prior to Brett Ratner.
The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.