Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

F. Gary Gray Withdraws Name From "Captain America" Sequel Consideration To Helm NWA Biopic

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 10, 2012 4:10 PM
  • |
F. Gary Gray

Well, so much for that...

About a week ago, F. Gary Gray was on a short list of 3 directors (whittled down from an initial list of 10) being considered to helm the sequel to last year's superhero blockbuster hit Captain America, with George Nolfi, and Anthony and Joseph Russo being the others.

I hoped he would get the job, given how much of an opportunity I felt it would be for him, to helm a mega-budgeted super-hero project; but I also felt that he was really the most experienced "action" film director on that short list... based solely on IMDB resumes.

But we don't have to worry about anymore folks because, according to Deadline, he's taken his name off the short list. Why? He's apparenty in hot pursuit of the NWA biopic project, Straight Outta Compton - another one of those "in limbo" biopics I wrote about yesterday.

Last we wrote about it, Ice Cube said in an interview that it was definitely happening, but he didn't reveal much detail. He did say they were on the hunt for a director. If Gray is in negotiations, then maybe the project has found its guy.

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; would be great to see him back at work again.

Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez are producing the NWA project via Cube Vision, along with Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Woods.

So which is the greater opporunity do you think? Directing the Captain America sequel, or the NWA biopic?

  • |
Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    


  • Dankwa Brooks | April 11, 2012 3:51 AMReply

    1. Having worked with him before, it sounds like Cube (yeah that's what I call him) may have reached out to Gray to direct because he know Gray will do it real "proper like". 

    2. Like Jug said, CA 2 to may have been too wrought with studio oversight. Gray has been in Hollywood for a minute, he knows what it is or could be like. 

    3. Having said that, if my speculation is correct, and it's just my speculation, Cube & Gray will make sure it is a "proper like" film, but PLEASE no nepotism. Keep all that kids of the real men out of the pic in any major roles, please. As I've said to Neziah, the biggest problem I had with 'Notorious' was the casting.

  • Dankwa Brooks | April 12, 2012 10:57 AM

    LOL. It's called being facetious *dankshrug*

  • Hambone | April 11, 2012 6:30 AM

    "yeah that's what I call him" . . . oh, you're so obnoxious, Brooks.

  • Said in Los Angeles | April 10, 2012 11:28 PMReply

    Stay with Captain America. He would have went to another level...

  • Neziah | April 10, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    Let's just hope it's not clogged up with inaccuracies like "Notorious".

  • Dankwa Brooks | April 12, 2012 11:03 AM

    Thanks. One thing I said about 'Ray' was it was too long and too short for a life & career as long and storied as RAY CHARLES. It should've gotten a 'The Temptations' type miniseries. Treatment. I guess same for N.W.A., but they're story is more contemporary.

    I was HYPED about an O.D.B. bio pic when I thought it was going to be some 'Avengers' type picture deal where they do solo bio pics leading up to a group Wu-Tang bio pic, but alas I was mistaken :*(

  • Neziah | April 11, 2012 9:09 PM

    Nice review and blog. I agree that the film was just okay, nothing spectacular. I think the NWA biopic has more potential. I just hope it traces the solo careers of the group members after they broke up, but I doubt it will. Too much material for one movie.

  • Dankwa Brooks | April 11, 2012 3:50 AM

    I read the Biggie biography 'Unbelievable' last summer and 'Notorious' was pretty accurate. I think the biggest mistake in the film was the casting and talking about every "name actor" on the picture. If interested you can google my name & Notorious to read my review of the film @ Cool Black Media (my review of the book is also linked).

  • Adam Scott Thompson | April 10, 2012 9:01 PMReply

    F. Gary Gray's gonna be all right. I'm more worried about other black directors who allow themselves to be pigeonholed into directing "urban" films. I'm anticipating a film about a moment and/or movement in black history that's so well conceived and executed that we get to vie for a Best Picture Oscar about our American experience (like we should have with "Do the Right Thing").

  • Neziah | April 10, 2012 10:33 PM

    I don't care about the Oscars, but I agree with everything else you said.

  • Donella | April 10, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    Good for F. Gary Gray pulling his name from consideration. NWA is the better opportunity. Like Jug said, maybe not the bigger box office, but the better opportunity.

  • Jug | April 10, 2012 4:21 PMReply

    Depends. NWA-less cooks in the kitchen, more creative control but not a great outlook for Big B.O. CAPT.-if (& probably will) it hits you can get almost any look after, but you will be heavily scrutinized & it might turn into glorified traffic cop. Some headaches aren't worth the trouble to some folks, some are.

  • Micah | April 10, 2012 11:18 PM

    Carlton you took the words right out of my mouth. What Jug says is probably right about the frustrations he'd face with Captain America but if he could have got the job it would have been a boost. Although he may look at Tim Story and feel it may not have been.

  • Jug | April 10, 2012 4:59 PM

    Carlton, you my friend see big picture LOL But as they say, "Different Strokes..." We're also assuming he was a lock for Cap, which frankly on this one I think cronyism would've reared it's ugly head. But I'm cynical...sue me LOL

  • Carlton Jordan | April 10, 2012 4:52 PM

    He should've done both. Pushed the NWA project to whenever he's avail. I don't see how NWA project is a better opp.

Follow Shadow and Act

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • Caribbean Film VOD Platform STUDIO ANANSI ...
  • Muted, Black & White First Trailer for ...
  • Exclusive - Watch 1st Trailer for Nefertite ...
  • Review: Amma Asante's Brave 'Belle' ...
  • Omar Sy Takes a Dramatic-Romantic Turn ...
  • Is a Pulse-Pounding, International Espionage ...
  • 'Life After Death' (Conflicting Portrait ...
  • The 1st Movie That Made You Laugh? Steve ...
  • Boris Lojkine’s Critically-Acclaimed ...
  • 'Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black ...