Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Watch Mekhi Phifer in Trailer for "First-Person Shooter" Zombie Thriller, 'Pandemic' Watch Mekhi Phifer in Trailer for "First-Person Shooter" Zombie Thriller, 'Pandemic' 2016 SXSW Feature Films Lineup Announced - Several World Premieres of Note 2016 SXSW Feature Films Lineup Announced - Several World Premieres of Note HBO Sets April Premiere Date for 'Confirmation' HBO Sets April Premiere Date for 'Confirmation' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch: Tyler Perry Previews 'The Passion' 2-Hour Musical Event in New Orleans Watch: Tyler Perry Previews 'The Passion' 2-Hour Musical Event in New Orleans Before Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film Is Released, Get Prepped By Watching Charles Burnett's 2003 Documentary Before Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film Is Released, Get Prepped By Watching Charles Burnett's 2003 Documentary Watch Sneak Peek: 'Floyd Norman - An Animated Life' (Doc on 1st Black Animator to Work for Disney) Watch Sneak Peek: 'Floyd Norman - An Animated Life' (Doc on 1st Black Animator to Work for Disney) There Is a Precedent for the "DuVernay Test" to Consider... There Is a Precedent for the "DuVernay Test" to Consider... Idris Elba Makes SAG Awards History + Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Collect Trophies Idris Elba Makes SAG Awards History + Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Collect Trophies Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch: OWN Previews New Primetime Series 'It's Not You, It's Men' (Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Host) Watch: OWN Previews New Primetime Series 'It's Not You, It's Men' (Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Host) LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' First Look at Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film, 'The Birth of a Nation' First Look at Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film, 'The Birth of a Nation' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

F. Gary Gray On Short List Of 3 Directors To Helm "Captain America" Sequel; What Are His Chances?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 30, 2012 at 11:38AM

I love that some of the directors whose names I mentioned in my "Pondering The Dismal Outlook For Black Directors In Hollywood" piece a couple of weeks ago (read it here), have been announced as being attached, or in consideration for feature projects since that piece ran; like Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kasi Lemmons, and now F. Gary Gray!
4
F. Gary Gray
F. Gary Gray

I love that some of the directors whose names I mentioned in my "Pondering The Dismal Outlook For Black Directors In Hollywood" piece a couple of weeks ago (read it here), have been announced as being attached, or in consideration for feature projects since that piece ran; like Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kasi Lemmons, and now F. Gary Gray!

Maybe the outlook isn't so dismal after all... maybe.

According to NY Mag's Vulture, a short list of 3 directors (whittled down from an initial list of 10) are being considered to helm the sequel to last year's superhero blockbuster hit Captain America: George Nolfi, Anthony and Joseph Russo, and finally our man F. Gary Gray. 

What are his chances? Who knows. He's competing against the dude who made his feature directorial debut with The Adjustment Bureau (Nolfi, who also penned the script for - but didn't direct - The Bourne Ultimatum), and the dynamic duo who helmed comedies like You, Me And Dupree and Welcome To Collinwood, as well as TV series like Community (Anthony & Joseph Russo).

Interesting choice there, the Russos, given that they are primarily episodic comedy TV guys; how would they handle a more serious, special effects-laden action adventure flick? I dunno... but clearly Marvel Studios execs like the "vibe" they feel from them to put them on the short list of 3, along with Nolfi and Gray.

Of the 3, my immediate reaction would obviously be to go with either Gray or Nolfi, with Gray as the frontrunner (and not even because he's black), given that he's really the most experienced feature film director of all of them, based solely on IMDB resumes. And he's helmed a few actioners.

But I'm not the decision-maker here. Marvel will go with who the feel the most comfy with.

F. Gary Gray’s last big screen project was in 2009 with Law Abiding Citizen. Since then he's attached to helm 3 or more different projects and none has materialized; I'm sure he'd love the opportunity.  

We'll see...


Shadow & ActNewsletter