Joe Johnston Talks about his CAPTAIN AMERICA Movie and a new JURASSIC PARK Trilogy
As much as I'm looking forward to seeing Iron Man 2 and Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America is the Marvel film I'm most excited about watching. I love Captain America! And we don't have much to go off of other than what director Joe Johnston is saying about it. As far as we know there is no cast set, we have no idea who will play Steve Rogers, but from the way Johnston describes the movie it, it's everything I wanted it to be. I've always had an idea in the back of my head for a Captain America movie and it seems like Johnston has tapped into those ideas and is bringing it to life.
In a recent interview Johnston revealed some details about the film that I think you'll find interesting.
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...
Johnston is the perfect director to take on this project. The guy knows how to bring great characters to life, and he has got a good eye for action. One of my favorite films of all time is a little movie called October Sky that he directed, and it stars a young Jake Gyllenhaal. If you haven't seen this movie yet then please watch it. It will show you what Johnston is capable of.
On a side note here is a little statement he made regarding Jurassic Park 4 that you might like to here.
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.
I gotta say, I wasn't expecting to hear that! A Jurassic Park trilogy unlike anything we've seen before?! I wonder what he has up his sleeve for that franchise. Whatever it is, it sounds big.
So what do you all think about what he had to say about Captain America and Jurrassic Park?