Thursday, January 14, 2010

Director Joe Johnston Talks 'Captain America' & New 'Jurassic Park' Trilogy

With "The Wolfman" finally hitting theaters in just under a month, it means we're probably going to start hearing a lot from Joe Johnston about "Captain America" and other projects he's working on. Box Office Magazine recently talked with Johnston and got some big scoops out of him about both "Captain America" and "Jurassic Park 4." According to Johnston, there are some big plans for both of these projects, and both of them will be "unlike anything you've seen."

With regards to "Captain America," there is still no word on who will play the hero, but Johnston did talk about the plot and what we will see in the film:

"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. 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.
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.”

Johnston, who directed "Jurassic Park III," also explained why they've taken so long to start up this sequel (since the third film came out in 2001).

"We just want to make them justified in their own right. We don't want to make sequel after sequel just because there's a market for it. We want to tell different, interesting stories."

I hope that is indeed the case, but I think after the death of original "Jurassic Park" writer Michael Crichton, it's time to give up on this franchise.

Does Johnston’s take on “Captain America” sound exciting to you? Who would you cast as Steve Rogers? Are you interested in seeing a new "Jurassic Park" trilogy?

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: First Showing, Live for Films, MTV News, Screen Rant

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