Joe Johnston appears to be a very busy man - not only has he been working on The Wolfman for the last couple of years, but he also has The First Avenger: Captain America on the way for Marvel and he's also been talking up, not one - but three new Jurassic Park films.
Johnston spoke with Box Office about his forthcoming Marvel superhero adaptation, and while he was vague in his answers, he did give away a few good nuggets of information.
With regards to the plot Johnston said:
"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 director went on to say:
"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. Eventually at the very end, I don't want to give away to much, but he does fit in. But it's the journey of getting him there that's interesting. And it's a lot of fun."
It sounds like Johnston has an interesting take on the character, and a period superhero film is something that we haven't had in a while - wasn't the last one Billy Zane's turn as The Phantom?
Johnston has much more to say about Captain America over at Boxoffice.
Jurassic Park Trilogy
Meanwhile, with regards to the hugely successful Jurassic Park franchise Johnston said:
"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."
That's quite comforting. While I really like the original Jurassic Park, I feel that its sequel The Lost World is a truly terrible film, with no redeeming qualities. However, I did really enjoy watching Jurassic Park 3 when I saw it at the cinema. Johnston had a lot to do with that (he directed the third installment).
Johnston may not be a young director - or one that is viewed as "A-list," but he makes enjoyable films that (in most cases) stand the test of time. And his work on The Wolfman must've been good enough for him to have big franchises like Captain America and Jurassic Park sitting in the pipeline.
Source: Box Office