Joe Johnston

Briefly: Director Joe Johnston had a comeback of sorts with the first Captain America, which solidified Chris Evans as a star and helped a lot of people forget about the ill-fated The Wolf Man that Johnston took over from Mark Romanek. His follow-up to Cap was the Jason Blum-produced Not Safe For Work, with Max Minghella, which hasn’t gone out to theaters yet.

Now Johnston has set a new project set: an alien invasion film called Extinction, a “contained sci-fi thriller” written by Spenser Cohen. Producers are keeping details tight right now, but THR reports that the film “does involve a man trying to save his family with an alien invasion figuring into the proceedings.” When the script was picked up last fall, the story was vaguely compared to The Sixth Sense and Cloverfield, though that really doesn’t tell us anything useful.

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And you thought we had a lot to discuss when we thought Disney was just planning a new trilogy. Now that the studio’s announced it’s developing spinoffs as well, there’s more rumor and speculation than ever before. After the jump:

  • Joe Johnston thinks J.J. Abrams is a perfect pick for the franchise,
  • Zen Studios announces a Star Wars Pinball game,
  • No, Walter Bishop is not the villain of Episode VII,
  • Frank Oz would “absolutely” like to play Yoda again.
  • and George Lucas could sell his 2% stake in Disney.

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Two people with very unique perspectives on this Star Wars business are producer Frank Marshall and director Joe Johnston. Marshall has worked with LucasFilm extensively in the past, producing all four Indiana Jones films (among others) and just so happens to be married to the CEO of the company, Kathleen Kennedy. Johnston is a well-known director who worked on all three films in the original Star Wars trilogy and publicly declared his desire to make a new Star Wars movie. So what’s going on with these guys in regards to Star Wars Episode VII?

After the jump, read what Marshall had to say about the news, including inside information on possible directors and what this all means for Indiana Jones 5, as well as Johnston’s response to a blog post saying he’s the best candidate to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »

Disney Planning a ‘Rocketeer’ Reboot

Joe Johnston‘s dream of making a sequel to The Rocketeer looks unlikely to come true any time soon. That is not, as some previously thought, because Disney has forgotten about the property altogether. Quite the contrary. The studio is said to be considering a reboot of the 1991 movie, itself an adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ ’80s comic book about a hero from the ’30s. More details after the jump.

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Earlier this month, it was revealed Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World provided fans a chance to buy a custom made toy of themselves in Carbonite, just like Han Solo. That’s now underway and, after the jump, you can see some video and learn more about that process.

There’s also a new video interview with LucasFilm producer Rick McCallum where he sets the record straight, again, about the Star Wars TV show and dashes some hopes for a Joe Johnston-directed Boba Fett movie. Read More »

Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston got a nice career boost thanks to the success of his WWII superhero movie, but surprisingly Johnston isn’t moving right back into the big movie arena with his next project.

He’s just signed to direct a ‘micro-budget’ thriller called Not Safe For Work, which is produced by Blumhouse Pictures, which has a first-look deal with Universal. It sounds like quite a departure from making movies on the scale of Captain America, The Wolfman and Jurassic Park III. Read More »

When Joe Johnston‘s Captain America: The First Avenger landed this summer and turned into a reasonable hit, one hope held by comic fans was that Johnston’s 1991 adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ ’30s-set comic The Rocketeer would finally be given a Blu-ray release.

The Disney film was a flop in the summer of ’91 but has earned a cult following thanks to Johnston’s lively use of ’30s action/adventure serial style and the simple appeal of a mechanic who becomes a sort of hero when a jetpack falls into his possession.

Disney talked about a sequel before the film flopped, and Johnston says he still wants to make another film featuring the characters. A sequel isn’t likely to happen if no one knows about the original film, however. The lackluster DVD release Disney once gave The Rocketeer hasn’t done anything to earn the film new fans. But in December the movie will hit Blu-ray, giving people a chance to get a good look at the movie that was among the first wave of modern comic book adaptations. Read More »

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Review

In a summer crowded with superhero blockbusters, Captain America: The First Avenger ranks just below X-Men: First Class, and far ahead of Green Lantern and fellow Avengers lead-in Thor. It never quite reaches the highs of First Class or 2008′s Iron Man, but thanks largely to Joe Johnston‘s direction and Chris Evans‘ performance, it is a genuinely enjoyable film that gets right so much of what Thor and Green Lantern couldn’t.

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