Thursday, November 20, 2008

Captain America Writers

According to Variety, "Marvel Studios has engaged Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to script 'Captain America,' a film that has Joe Johnston attached to direct.

Markus and McFeely were co-writers of both 'Chronicles of Narnia' films as well as the HBO telepic 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.'"

Screen Rant decided to argue Marvel's decision on hiring these two writers, saying they weren't experienced enough to write a super hero movie based in WWII.

"Okay, so I understand Marvel’s choice for Joe Johnston as the director. The man has a long list of films (and f/x work) on his resume that cover all the necessary action/epic/emotional bases needed to make a legendary Captain America film. (I’ll be the first to admit I teared up at the end of 'Hidalgo.')

But Markus and McFeely are left-field choices in my opinion. Granted, 'The Chronicles of Narnia' films also combine a variety of tones and genres into one, epic brew–but both 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' and 'Prince Caspian' felt as hollow as a bird’s bones when I saw them in the theater. (Perhaps the director is to blame?) I do not want Cap to share that fate.

More to the point, 'The First Avenger: Captain America' is a WWII epic/period-piece. And, after having run an IMDB check on both Markus and McFeely, I can say that nothing in their short, short, lists of movies leads me to jump to the conclusion that they have a keen eye for the sort of nuanced symbolism, hard-hitting action, thrills, chills and emotional grandeur that should go with a beloved character like Captain America."

Latino Review gave me a refresher on the history of Captain America and Marvel's plans on having him brought into the "Avengers."

"Created in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Timely Comics, Captain America is the heroic alter ego of Steve Rogers, who is rejected by the Army for being too sickly and undergoes an experiment that takes him to the pinnacle of human form. Paired with an indestructible shield, he becomes a symbol of the war effort, fighting Nazis and villainous scientists like the Red Skull.

In modern times, the character starred in his own long-running comic series and also was a charter member of Marvel's superteam, the Avengers.

Kicking off with 'Iron Man,' Marvel Studios' slate of movies -- including 'Thor' and the 'Iron Man' sequel -- is building toward an "Avengers" movie set for release in 2011, in which the characters from the films team for one big adventure. 'Captain America' is scheduled for release May 6, 2011."

More news to come! Catch ya' later!

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