It’s time to play, musical chairs with the potential directors of Captain America 2. As we previously reported, the shortlist for Captain America 2 directors were F. Gary Gray, George Nolfi, and Anthony and Joseph Russo.
Quite a mixed bag of names considering that Gray has worked on films such as Friday, The Italian Job, and Law Abiding Citizen. Then there’s Nolfi, who made his directorial debut with the quiet hit The Adjustment Bureau. Finally, and perhaps the most surprising of them all, the comedic pair who brought us Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupreee, as well as a couple of episodes of Community, Anthony and Joseph Russo.
Now the field has narrowed to two, as Gray has taken himself out of the running for Cap 2 to direct a biopic about the rise of the infamous rap group N.W.A - this according to a story reported by Deadline. One of the most prolific and controversial rap groups of the late '80s, N.W.A consisted of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren. While most songs from the N.W.A can be considered influential - some say that their work set the stage for gangsta rap - their explicit and sometimes troubling lyrics subsequently got them banned from radio airwaves.
The biopic, Straight Outta Compton, and is now being set up at New Line by Ice Cube’s Cube Vision. Gray has also directed music videos for Ice Cube, so the pairing seems inevitable.
With Gary now out of the running, field of choice for the Captain America sequel has come down to Nolfi and the Russos. This sequel is set to pick up right after the events of The Avengers and has been rumored to follow a modern-day storyline. As mentioned, Nolfi has only one directorial feature on his resume while the Russos have two, but those are comedies - far from what an action-packed film like Captain America 2 is calling for.
That would make Nolfi a safe bet and The Russos more like a gamble (and I don’t mean that in a negative way). We will keep you informed about who gets the job.
Captain America 2 is set for the release date of April 4, 2014.