§ Good news: Joe Johnston is on board for the CAPTAIN AMERICA movie, which will lead in to the AVENGERS franchise:
Joe Johnston has inked a deal to direct “First Avenger: Captain America,” Marvel Studios’ take on its classic comic book character. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.
No writers are on board, but the studio, which is hearing pitches, expects to hire shortly.
Johnston first met with Marvel two years ago. When the two parties clicked, general talks turned into Captain America-specific meetings, with much of the project’s current direction resulting from those early conversations.
Johnston directed the ahead-of-its-time ROCKETEER movie, and would seem a fine choice for this sensitive, retro material.
Over the past few weeks, Ratner has been considering signing on to direct a 21st century update of “Conan,” co-produced by Nu Image/Millennium and Lionsgate Films, even as he pushes another high-profile project — a fourth installment of the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise — toward a greenlight at Paramount, where he recently set up shop. While the “Conan” development deal puts the brawny brigand on Ratner’s docket, “BHC IV” is still likely to go into production first. Ratner jibed to the “Conan” script by Gersh-repped Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, who looked to Robert E. Howard’s original pulp stories of the 1930s to create their take on the character. The writers are doing a quick polish to incorporate some of Ratner’s ideas, with an eye toward releasing the film in 2010.
Our review: Blearrrrrrrrgh — more rubbery plastic movie making. VOTE NO on Ratner!
§ Even worse: McG floated as helmer of Wonder Woman film. GROSS. Amazonian Charlie’s Angels? NO THANKS.
§ Interesting: Beyoncé promoting herself for the ROLE of Wonder Woman.
“I want to do a superhero movie and what would be better than Wonder Woman? It would be great. And it would be
a very bold choice. A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing. It’s time for that, right?”
Beyoncé says that she has met with representatives of DC Comics and Warner Bros. to express her interest in a major role in one of the many comic-book adaptations now in the pipeline following the massive success of “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man” and the “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” franchises. Beyoncé’s acting to career to date has included a comedic role in “Austin Powers in Goldmember” and two notable music world roles, the first as a quasi-Diana Ross character in “Dreamgirls” and as the defiant and heroin-addicted Etta James in the upcoming “Cadillac Records.”
WE SAY: She looks great in costumes!