Louis Leterrier Could Direct The Avengers

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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.

If you’re excited for what The Avengers (and sequels) could be if Leterrier was given the gig, check out our feature on The Avengers according to Louis Leterrier.

The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

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Source: AICN

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  1. I'm all for Leterrier directing. He has the passion for the project and for me that should be a major factor. I'm looking forward to seeing how his version of Clash of the Titans comes out–I like what I've been seeing from the previews. (don't know if I'll see it in 3D though..)

  2. Is it possible that we could have two directors? Maybe Favereau and Leterrier(two french last named guys) could co-direct together?

  3. I wonder what SURPRISES are on the shortlist?

  4. I like the idea of Louis Leterrier directing “The Avengers” very very much. He is a great auteur well known for his action/thriller films and well suited to bringing a great cinematic action packed adventure to the screen.

  5. Louis is a great fit for The Avengers. The Incredible Hulk was awesome and I think he should get a shot at talking to the execs about it. I support him.

  6. i agree, that would be awesome! i love both Favereau and Letteriers work and i think letting them work together on such a big movie as the avengers could be very good for the movie, and ofc us fans!

  7. Just recently watched all the extras form The Incredible Hulk and I like this guy. He wasn't interested in a sequel to Ang Lee's Hulk but loved that he could startover… but not from the beginning. If the drawings they showed while talking about his ideas for TIH were Leterrier's own then I'm mucho imprest… this cat has comic book flair. I like how he very politely pointed out that Ang Lee's battle scenes we're in the desert…(yawn) …. as one reason why he wanted a 'bar brawl' on the streets of New York city (which was in fact Yonge St in Toronto standing in for the Big Apple).

  8. Oh No, n'est pas, n'est pas! Not Louis, he may be a good action director, but not for The Avengers. I still like Jon Favreau as the main guy.

  9. That's why I say letting them both do this together would be the ideal thing to do. They both have different filming strengths and abilities that would mesh perfectly together.

  10. Favs won't do it though. He has already said he didn't think he was the right fit because he was too partial to Iron Man. I think he is probably right.

  11. I don't think there are any surprises on that list. Some directors stay away from superhero movies while others love it (like Letterier). It's probably Favs, Vaughn, Branganh or Letterier. Who else would want the job?

  12. EngraverKev

    where did you watch the extras? was it on a director's cut dvd?

  13. I have heard bad things about Clash of the Titans but I'll have to see it for myself. And supposedly the 3D conversion came out bad.

    I agree about having passion for the project. That is extremely important imo.

  14. Leterrieris the 1st choice in my book