While promoting The Wolfman, which will be released in just under two weeks, director Joe Johnston spoke to Film Journal about the film, and he also gave an update on his next film The First Avenger: Captain America:
“We’re in prep,” Johnston says. “Rick Heinrichs is production-designing and we’re set up down in Manhattan Beach [California]. It’s the part of the process that I love the most,” he enthuses. “We have eight or ten really talented artists, and we all just sit around all day and draw pictures and say, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this?’ It’s that phase of the production where money doesn’t matter: ‘Let’s put all the greatest stuff up on the wall and [then later] see what we can afford.'” The film, he says at this early stage, will begin “in 1942, 1943” during World War II. “The stuff in the ’60s and ’70s [comic books] we’re sort of avoiding. We’re going back to the ’40s, and then forward to what they’re doing with Captain America now.”
Filming is expected to being in June so they have a few more months of pre-production goodness ahead. We should be getting some casting news over the upcoming months too. I wonder if they’ll be able to assemble a cast as good as Thor?